Sometimes a series of events gives you the determination and courage to make a change. For Richard, this series of events started with a suggestion from his son, a client at YES. His son recommended that Richard look into using Employment Ontario programs to make a major change in his career direction.
Richard had owned his own business. He worked in the bush operating a feller/buncher for over 20 years. He was good at his job and he worked hard. The work was steady, but unfortunately the pay was not. Self-employment in this field sometimes meant that Richard had to wait weeks to get paid, sometimes a month or more. Living and working in remote locations was also wearing on both Richard and his wife. The pandemic made the work and the pay even more sporadic. Richard was ready to make a change. He made the difficult decision to close his business.
Richard saw that heavy equipment operators were in demand. There would be a lot of options with this training in a number of industries. He had his eye on the mining industry which is rapidly growing in the region. He decided to visit YES to explore his options. He started working with Career Development Practitioner Stacy-Ann who told him about Better Jobs Ontario.
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