Here’s why he sponsors them
Randy Montroy is the owner of Randhill Construction and he knows that skills and trades training in BC is an active partnership between schools and employers. He takes his role employing apprenticeships seriously and understands the importance of his dedication for BC’s skilled trades industry.
Randhill Construction has been in business for five years and has become a household name in BC’s Lower Mainland. The company specializes in private-residence renovations, retrofits and new construction. Randhill’s suite of services requires a team of skilled workers where apprentices are essential.
The seven apprentices he currently employs solidify his commitment to training the future of BC’s skilled workforce. “I have 20 staff – seven are apprentices,” Randy says. “That’s nearly one apprentice per journeyman. I take a ton of pride in that.”
Randy’s not just a mentor, his business benefits from hiring apprentices. “Apprentices are a clean slate. They have fresh ideas and can be trained up the right way,” Randy says. “My journeymen have a vested interest in passing knowledge on. It builds a family environment and a culture of learning.”
Randy acknowledges there are misconceptions about the trades. He says, it’s up to trades businesses to change the negative stigmas connected to the industry. “It’s the little things that spur change. I’ve drafted a code of conduct so my employees know what behaviour is expected of them. Everyone is on the same page and aware of Randhill’s high standards. It creates a positive environment for everyone.”
“I don’t view training apprentices as optional – it’s part of growing BC’s skilled workforce, and why anyone in the industry currently has a job,” Randy says. “Ultimately, employers share the responsibility to develop the next generation of BC’s skilled workforce. That means training apprentices and creating a career culture that people want to be part of.”
How Randy’s story connects with the BC Jobs Plan
- The future of BC’s skilled workforce is now. BC’s Skills and Training Plan outline the commitments government have made to ensuring British Columbians are being trained up for jobs that require skilled labour.
- Research shows employers may receive, on average, a return of $1.47 for every dollar invested in apprenticeship training.
- Nearly half of Randy’s staff are trades apprentices. He’s demonstrating a serious commitment to training the future of BC’s skilled workforce.