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High Point Plumbing and Heating

High Point Plumbing and Heating

Apprentices are the seeds of our trade. It’s a privilege to be in a position to mentor the future of an industry I am so passionate about.

High Point Plumbing and Heating in Cranbrook “knows better service”—and the value of apprenticeship, particularly for East Kootenay’s First Nations looking to get their start in the trades. Since founding High Point in 2007, proud Metis owner Kevin Dyer has invested in plumbing and gas fitting training for his employees. He places strong value on attracting, training and retaining First Nations apprentices and in providing mentorship by passing down knowledge to support apprentices in their trades journey.

Currently, 50 per cent of High Point’s apprentices are First Nations, which is something the company takes pride in, and will stay continually committed to now and as the company grows. High Point also supports and works with First Nations in the community. For instance, High Point conducts work for the Ktunaxa First Nation, and they also have a joint business venture with Spartan Scaffolding, a First Nations band company.
What makes High Point unique is their approach to apprenticeship training. In 2015, the company developed an innovative, in-house training facility to reduce employee’s barriers to entry into apprenticeship and to help improve outcomes. In addition to the development of a mock-up kitchen and bathroom, which enables apprentices to practice installation and servicing of plumbing systems, there are furnace, HVAC, electrical systems and other working models at the facility. The training centre blends classroom time with hands-on application, and has been an asset in the development of apprentices, journeypersons and to the overall growth and success of the business.

High Point believes their investment in the facility has more than paid for itself, by fostering a culture of learning and teaching for employees, from one generation to the next. Between the work High Point does in the community, and their unwavering commitment to apprenticeship and mentorship of First Nations apprentices and apprentices alike, the company is well-positioned for success now and in the future.

At High Point, being a champion of apprenticeship helps drive the success of the business and the East Kootenay communities it serves, all while empowering local First Nations. Providing a structured career pathway through apprenticeship is good for the business and its employees now and as the skilled trades continues to grow and evolve.

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