Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2018)
By Kristina Leung and Richard Yerema, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Feb 8, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why Bruce Power LP was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2018):
- Bruce Power manages a student development program to provide training and work experience to full-time college and university students in disciplines such as IT, engineering, operations, finance and human resources -- and provides co-op opportunities to help high school students in their final year of study explore future career paths
- Bruce Power provides 12- to 16-month internships and maintains a summer student program to facilitate work placements in the organization's clerical and civil maintenance divisions
- Bruce Power hosts one of nine Canadian chapters of the North American Young Generation Nuclear organization, which provides young professionals with networking opportunities, social events, professional development workshops, mentoring and participation in industry-wide consultations and roundtable discussions hosted by the province of Ontario
Bruce Power offers a bright future to recent grads
Jay Patel is a self-described "city guy" who grew up in the Toronto district of Scarborough and went to university in nearby Oshawa. When he graduated with his degree in electrical engineering, he moved to the shores of Lake Huron to take a position as an Engineering Trainee in Component Design at Bruce Power LP.
Patel knew he would like life in Bruce County, where Bruce Power has its headquarters, because he had been there before. He completed two separate co-op assignments while he was studying for his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering at the University Of Ontario Institute Of Technology.
Patel's first stint at Bruce Power, which generates one third of Ontario's electricity, was in the reactor safety division, where he worked side by side with colleagues who had decades of experience in nuclear energy, including in-depth knowledge of working with the regulator to ensure safe plant operations.
"They'd worked with everything," says Patel, who was able to get out in the field and watch senior engineers contribute to astute plant operations. "I attended meetings and observed how engineers communicated. I developed soft skills such as effectively presenting to managers."
When he graduated last year, Patel took a job at Bruce Power, persuaded by his student experiences that it would be a good place to start his career even if his mother was, at first, not happy to see her son leave his hometown. When she and his father came up for a summer visit, however, they saw the attractions and "loved it too," says Patel.
Patel is one of over 100 young people recruited every year to join Bruce Power, which has a total workforce of more than 4,000. For several years, the company has been focused on attracting graduates from colleges and universities across the country. Along with engineers, Bruce Power also actively recruits and provides apprenticeships for tradespeople in all 15 of the building trades, including millwrights, pipefitters and carpenters. Then there are a wide variety of other positions, ranging from project managers, nuclear operators and chemists to firefighters, finance and HR administrators.
"We have amazing jobs," says Cathy Sprague, Executive Vice President of Human Resources. "You can be challenged for your entire career while learning and growing on the job for years to come."
A relative newcomer to Saugeen Shores, Sprague has learned to relish the non-urban life in the region she now calls home. She now says she would never dream of leaving Bruce County. Along with the locals, Bruce Power attracts Maritimers, former oil field employees from the West, and many residents from London, Guelph and Kitchener-Waterloo regions and graduates of their universities.
Patel says there are lots of young people to socialize with and he can easily gather enough players to field a cricket team, which is one of his favourite sports. In the summer, there's way too much to do, he says. In the winter, he tried curling and took up bowling with friends. Bruce County is known for its snowshoe, cross country and snowmobile trails.
On the job as an Engineer Trainee, Patel enjoys both the challenges and the learning curve.
"We run a complex business," says Sprague. "We need the bright ideas of young people coming out of colleges and universities. They can look forward to a very bright future with Bruce Power."