International Women's Day Series: Accurate Air
Island company gives women a fair shot at a career in trades
Giving women an equal opportunity to build a career in the skilled trades is important in today’s evolving trades says John Blaine of Accurate Air. Co-owned by John, along with his business partners Jay Vandenberg and Jordan Herda, Accurate Air specializes in commercial and residential HVAC installations and custom sheet metal fabrication.
“I have never hired employees based on gender,” said John. “If someone has a desire to work in the trade, whether female or male, they should have a fair shot at proving themselves.”
John manages commercial projects for the Duncan company, which recently did the HVAC install of a luxury condominium and is currently working on a 15-storey seniors rental complex.
He’s also the lead for workers on the jobsite. There are two women on the 12-person crew—Amy Carr, a Red Seal sheet metal worker and Kaylyn Snow, a first-year sheet metal apprentice. Both are eager to learn new skills in the trade.
Amy is being trained to be a foreman. Before joining Accurate Air, she wasn't sure if that would ever be a possibility in her career.
“I have the most supportive boss,” said Amy. “John’s a true mentor and ally. He’s great at teaching and makes every effort to train us in multiple areas of our craft.”
“I see more and more women on construction sites working in all trades,” said John. “Hopefully, these numbers continue to grow, especially with the labour shortages we have seen recently.”
John encourages other employers to help women get their foot in the door.
“If someone is really passionate about working in a trade and building their skills to make a career out of it, then why not give them a chance?” said John. “You may miss out on some great employees if you turn them away.”
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