Amid sub-zero temperatures, blowing snow and lousy driving conditions, Canada’s camping season was a distant memory.
But, according to a report in the Edmonton Journal, more than 80 people, ranging in age from high school students to retirees, attended open houses at two Canadian RV dealerships last week to learn about careers in the RV industry.
“Our two-day event was extremely successful, given the lousy weather,” said Art Dack, education and career coordinator for the RV Dealers Association of Alberta (RVDA). “So few people know that we have all kinds of interesting jobs in the RV industry. The industry is growing and we need a lot more people.”
The 83 people who attended the open houses at Woody’s RV and Carefree RV included a class of 15 students from a local high school. The remainder of those attending the sessions covered a wide age range, including many in their 40s and 50s considering a career change, Dack said.
The sessions were designed to let the public know about the careers available in the RV industry. In addition to presentations by Dack, Gene Skog, head of the RV technician training program at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), and the management of Woody’s RV and Carefree RV held sessions.
Participants also had the opportunity to observe the staff of the two dealerships at work during tours of the facilities.
The RV industry has grown rapidly in recent years and that growth is expected to continue for the next 25-30 years, Dack said. He said the industry would be particularly strong in Alberta, a Canadian leader in per capita RV ownership.
An RVDA brochure about careers in RV dealerships breaks the opportunities down into four main areas: RV technicians and shop personnel; parts and service management; sales, finance and marketing; and administration and accounting.
The RV industry, like many operating in Alberta’s booming economy, is short of workers. For example, at least 100 RV technicians are needed across the province, and dealers are looking at ways to attract them.
According to Dack, it’s a business that provides an opportunity for students to get involved during the summers while still attending high school or a post-secondary institution.