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Sept. 16, 2013, Ottawa - Students will be able to compete on-line for 15 paid summer Green Dream Internships in a social media contest launched today through TheGreenestWorkforce.ca, a resource tool that provides information on the dynamic direction of the forest products industry and career opportunities on offer right across the country.

The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) with support from the Government of Canada launched the online GreenestWorkforce campaign in February 2013 to encourage Canadians who care about their future, the environment and their quality of life, to consider the forest products industry for a rewarding career.

The contest requires students to submit a resume, a photograph and a short paragraph explaining why they would be perfect for a Green Dream Internship and then solicit on-line support. Applicants receiving the most votes for their photographs and explanations will be shortlisted for the paid summer 2014 positions.

"We know that we have to compete with other sectors for skilled workers and we see this on-line social media contest as a fun way to attract a next generation workforce," says David Lindsay, President and CEO of FPAC. "Our goal is to encourage college and university students seeking interesting work experience to look to the forest products industry, a sector they may never have considered as a potential employer."

Under FPAC's ambitious Vision2020, the forest products industry is looking to renew its workforce with an additional 60,000 workers including engineers, millwrights, electricians, sales staff, truckers, foresters, chemists and more. The other goals of Vision2020 are a further 35% improvement in the environmental performance of the forest sector and an additional $20 billion in economic activity generated from new products and markets by the end of the decade.

"We invite all Canadians to visit the GreenestWorkforce website to see the exciting direction of the forest products industry and to apply for career opportunities now available. We also want students to apply on-line for the 15 available paid internships in order to get valuable job training, skills development, and real-world experience within our growing sector," says Lindsay.

This is the second time the Green Dream Internship contest has been held. The first group of eight interns completed their paid summer internship placements in the forest industry in August 2013, and blogged about their experience. Their blogs can be read at: http://thegreenestworkforce.ca/index.php/blog/

The new submission period begins October 1, 2013, voting begins November 1, 2013 and winners will be notified December 2, 2013 about their summer placement in 2014. For more information, visit TheGreenestWorkforce.ca or www.facebook.com/TheGreenestWorkforce.

The fifteen internships positions are:

Bilingual Human Resources Intern - Resolute Forest Products, Montreal, Quebec
Chemical Engineer - West Fraser Timber, Quesnel, British Columbia
Chemical Engineer or Chemical Technologist - Daishowa-Marubeni International (DMI), Peace River, Alberta
Chemical or Mechanical Engineer - Quesnel River Pulp (a West Fraser division), Quesnel, British Columbia
Electronic Engineer - Canfor Corporation, Mackenzie, British Columbia
Engineering Technologist or Business Commerce, Operations - Tolko Industries Ltd., Slave Lake, Alberta
Environmental or Chemical Engineer - Millar Western, Whitecourt, Alberta
Forestry Intern - Tembec, Chapleau/Timmins
Human Resources Intern - Tolko Industries Ltd., Vernon, British Columbia
Mechanical Engineer - Canfor Corporation, Bear Lake, Prince George, British Columbia
Mechanical Engineer - West Fraser Timber, Cariboo Region, British Columbia
Mechanical, Electrical or Chemical Engineer - Tembec, Temiscaming, Quebec
Timberlands Forestry Intern - Weyerhaeuser, Grande Prairie, Alberta
Timberlands Forestry Intern - Weyerhaeuser, Princeton, British Columbia
Woodlands Forestry Assistant, Operations & Roads - Millar Western, Whitecourt, Alberta

September 16, 2013  By CNW

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