Bruce Power is looking to local school boards to help fill voids in the skilled trades.
That is according to Huron County Warden Jim Ginn, who attended a recent meeting with power plant officials regarding the Life Extension program, which will continue operations into 2064.
Ginn says Bruce Power officials have seen a deficit in skilled trade workers, and want regional Wardens to endorse a letter to local school boards emphasizing a career in the trades.
In addition to sending letters to Huron County's public and catholic school boards, Ginn says he will also address a letter to Ontario’s Minister of Education, Mitzie Hunter.
He blames part of the shortage of trade workers on the perception a university degree will be more profitable than a skilled trade certification.
Throughout Huron, Bruce, and Grey counties, Ginn says too few secondary schools offer courses in trades work.
He hopes that will change as Bruce Power continues to expand in the coming decades.