Work is underway at the new B.C. Vehicle Processing Centre in the Port of Nanaimo. Port Connect, at the Port of Nanaimo Passenger Terminal from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, will help link employers with those wanting a career in the growing marine industry.

Are you ready to Connect for a new marine industry career?

Port Connect brings industry and potential employees together Nov. 28

Whether you’re planning your future career or you’re ready to take your existing career in an exciting new direction, your chance to get connected is coming up Nov. 28.

Port Connect, hosted by the Port of Nanaimo and WorkBC Nanaimo, will bring together key companies and associations from the Marine Sector, specifically from the Central Vancouver Island Region.

But this isn’t your typical “hiring fair.”

Rather than focusing on immediate employment and on-the-spot interviews, the goal is to build meaningful connections and long-term industry relationships.

Why? At the heart of the initiative is the B.C. Vehicle Processing Centre under construction in the Port of Nanaimo, and bringing with it additional employment to the port and region.

“This exciting project is the result of a lot of discussions and hard work that is going to result in economic stimulus for Nanaimo, and a lot of good jobs – at least 35 in the current construction phase and 50 to start in 2019,” says Port Chair Michelle Corfield.

To prepare for the jobs the new facilities will bring – in addition to others in the growing local industry – Port Connect will allow attendees and exhibitors the opportunity to make valuable professional contacts. For exhibitors it’s a chance to highlight their company and its role within the industry, as well as attract new individuals.

For job seekers considering a career in the marine industry, where better to learn about the education and skills you need for the career you want, or how the skills you already have can be applied?

Ready to Connect? Here’s what you need to know:

• Visit Port Connect at the Port of Nanaimo Passenger Terminal, 100 Port Dr., Wednesday, Nov. 28 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. to explore career opportunities with key marine industry exhibitors on site.

Meet representatives of Seaspan, BC Ferries, Island Ferries, Herold Engineering, Tetra Tech, Western Stevedoring, WCMRC, Helijet, RCMSAR27 Nanaimo, Canadian Coast Guard, Port of Nanaimo, Pacific Pilotage Authority and more.

If you’d like to take part as an exhibitor, contact David Mailloux, Director of Communications, Port of Nanaimo, at 250-753-4146 ext. 251, or DMailloux@npa.ca.

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