In keeping with our corporate values of Integrity and Leadership, Western Manufacturing reached out to Horse Lake First Nations to start a Summer Student Job Shadowing Program. This was the first of its kind at Western and we were very excited to see this program get off the ground and form a successful basis for future expansion. We are grateful to Chief Eugene Horseman and members of the Horse Lake First Nations band for working with us and supporting this project.
On Thursday July 16th, three senior high school students from Horse Lake First Nation started in Hythe as part of a collaborative effort to introduce recent graduates to Western Manufacturing, continue to build positive, cross-cultural relationships and expand opportunities for future employment.
The program ran for 8 days over July and gave the students the opportunity to meet many employees at Western and learn about four different areas of our company.
The students viewed and assisted in our Structural Steel Division with our new Prodevco robotic beam profiler, and learned welding basics from our team in our API Tank Division. This was followed by time in the paint bay and with our rigging team in the Hythe yard. They also spent time with our CEO – Lonny Theissen, touring various customer projects as well as the GP and SteelMax Facilities.
It was our hope that by the end of this job shadowing program, the students have a sense of Western's positive, inclusive and innovative corporate culture, a better understanding of the scope of our operations, and a desire to explore the different employment and career opportunities we offer.