The Human Resources Specialist - Trades & Apprentices (internally job-titled as Trades & Apprentice Specialist) is responsible for the administration, coordination and management of training and trades development at Seaspan. This position will have responsibility to support all elements of trades development across the organisation; including recruitment and management of the apprentice programs, management of the tracking of trades data and the creation of an onsite trades training facility at Vancouver Shipyards. This position will liaise with stakeholders both internally and externally to secure the development of the next generation of shipbuilding trade talent.
The Trades & Apprentice Specialist reports direct to the Director, Trades Workforce Development.
- Manage all aspects of Trades & Apprentice processes (including program development, onboarding, record keeping, recruitment, testing, etc., while looking for continuous improvements where possible).
- Partner with Human Resources to support strategic operational issues, investigations, disciplinary activity, as required.
- Develop processes, SOP’s, schedules associated with development of on-site Trades Training Facility.
- Manages relationships with Industry Training Authority (ITA), Aboriginal Training Societies, local training institutions - ie. BCIT, Camosun and other trade schools and associations.
- Develop and maintain a strategic action plan to engage with schools/local First Nation training facilities to encourage and promote trades as a future career.
- Strategically manage community outreach and recruitment events; such as job fairs, tours for high school and trades institutions.
- Participation in performance evaluations for both Apprentices and qualified Tradespeople.
- Manages relationships pertaining to Apprentice management and trades supply with all union partners and implements avenues for improvement.
- Manage process associated with training and check-in sessions with Apprentices and non-Red Seal qualified Tradespeople.
- Assist, support and conduct trades focused recruitment in conjunction with our union partners while supporting and encouraging equitable hiring practices in line with Seaspan policies and diversity expectations/commitments.
- Other duties as required.
Experience and Education
- A minimum of 5 years’ experience in Human Resources; either as a Human Resources Coordinator or Trades Coordinator, preferably in a unionized, heavy industry environment.
- Completion of a related degree and/or diploma; or a trades qualification and practical experience is required.
- A CHRP designation, or working towards a CHRP designation, considered as asset.
Skills, Knowledge and Required Competencies
- Experience in managing apprenticeship programs in British Columbia.
- Familiarity with heavy industrial work processes and safety practices is an asset.
- Intermediate/Advanced computer skills with MS Office.Suite
- Experience working within a data driven environment and ability to develop and understand associated reports.
- Ability to take the initiative and work independently.
- Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.
- Good persuasive and organizational skills.
- Attention to detail with good analytical skills.
- Demonstrated ability to multi-task, prioritize and problem solve.