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Don Lawrence of Shell Canada talks about the benefits and challenges of having high school students in the workplace with the Registered Apprenticeship Program.
"ATCO Power and the Sheerness Generating Station were honoured to be part of [the power engineering program] and fortunate to have two students involved in the program upon its inception.
Having the students employed at the station through their summer internship has presented some hidden benefits…The students have helped our own people develop as well. It's often said we don't realize how well we truly understand a process until we have to teach it to someone else. The students' questions and traning program supported the continued development of my relatively junior operators. Having a sidekick also improved [my employees'] health and safety; there's always someone to help hold a ladder, carry a heavy load, or simply provide another set of eyes in the troubleshooting process.
Having completed the program with these first two young gentlemen I can say without a doubt there are great benefits to having CAREERS students involved in our operation."
- Dean Kroetsch, Operations Manager at Sheerness Generating Station and CAREERS employer