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In my previous article, I discussed training in general terms, and we talked specifically about training on the shop floor. Often, we get too focused on tradespeople. We do train tradespeople, but there are other very important professions that contribute to making a project successful. We employ drafting people, project managers, quality control, engineers, administration, document control, and others. It is important to remember it takes a concerted effort to make both small and large projects alike happen on time and on budget. If you talk to people in our industry, they will tell you they look for individuals with plant experience. They would rather hire a person from a manufacturing background than someone who has spent his/her time simply behind a desk. If you are a drafting professional or a project manager who works at a manufacturing plant, you actually get hands on training. The function of drafting or project management may not change, but there is a major difference between understanding and getting to see firsthand what you’re building. Many in the industry feel we would be further ahead if everyone had this type of hands on experience and training. Of course, our doors are always open to tours and we work very closely with engineering companies and end users who do come through our facility, but there is just no replacement for the hands on training our shop floor provides. If the next iteration of the Canada Alberta Job Grant were structured a little differently to include on-the-job training at a facility like Plains, we could do more meaningful training that

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