To the Editor,
Re: Seniors could solve worker shortages, Jan. 14.
As an unemployed senior who is not ready to retire, I must say I could not agree more.
Although they are training young people as heavy equipment operators in Nanaimo daily, part of my work history includes just that skill. I have more than 7,000 hours on various types of equipment, have already made all my mistakes and am aware of both my and the machines’ limitations.
I have also spent 20 years in the welding industry, primarily welding aluminum deck rails, driveway gates, etc.
Although I believe 20 years is long enough to subject my body to the abuse of welding, I also have extensive experience in measuring and design of railing products. This type of experience cannot be obtained in a trade school.
It saddens me to think of all the untapped potential that presently exists and is not being used.