Regardless of your chosen career, training comes first

Resources abound for someone needing a start

Spring is in the air and in Sarnia-Lambton that means a shift in employment trends. The spring season gives rise to many new opportunities maintenance and construction related jobs. Landscape, property maintenance and concrete companies will thrive for the next five to six months. For others, spring marks a time for a change in their career path.

At the heart of these changes there is something in common—training.

Where do I get it and what do I need?

As a seasoned recruiter with Express, I am always surprised by the number of candidates that I meet with each week who aren’t aware of the many training resources that are available that can assist in their pursuit of change.

If you are seeking employment in the industrial or plant sector (or employment with companies who execute work within the plants), I suggest you look into the Sarnia-Lambton Industrial Educational Cooperative, better known as the IEC.

All plants require that industrial personnel obtain their Basic Safety Plus before they are even allowed on site.  The IEC offers a wide variety of training from WHMIS to Supervisory Training.  Each course does have a cost but in many cases the training is good for three years or much longer.

Visit their website for more information.  If for no other reason than the knowledge that the employment market is competitive right now, increasing your training may just be a way to get a leg up on your competition.

Training is important for all roles. For office administration or finance motivated individuals there is an online program being offered through our local libraries to help you build your skill set.

They offer hundreds of instructor led courses offered ranging from computer applications to law, graphic design, business and accounting.   All you need is a library card that is in good standing.  For more information on the Gale courses being offered visit

I hope you find this resource information as helpful as I have in helping you or someone you know take the next step in their career or just get a foot in the door.  It has been my experience that training paired with a good work ethic and attitude is the secret to opening doors.

Casie VanRuymbeke is a contract and search specialist with the Sarnia-Lambton office of Express Employment Professionals. She can be reached by email at

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