VERMILION

East Central Alberta – 2010

The Town of Vermilion is located in the County of Vermilion River, and located along Highway 41 and Highway 16, 192 kilometres east of Edmonton, and 60 kilometres west of Lloydminster.

Ideally situated on the banks of the Vermilion River, the town boasts a beautiful provincial park and has recently completed a beautification of the downtown. The economy is largely service industry to agriculture.

The primary industries in Vermilion are agriculture, education, business and community service, retail and wholesale, and agriculture.

The primary occupational groups include: public sector, sales and service, business, finance and administration occupations, food service, trades, equipment operators, oilfield, medical and dental, education and training.

 

Employment by sector:

  • Public sector 38%
  • Business 17%
  • Trade 19%
  • Primary Industries 10%
  • Manufacturing 4%
  • Construction 6%
  • Transportation & Utilities 6%

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Quick Facts

  • The population of Vermilion is 4,472.
  • To find out more about Vermilion, visit the town’s official website at www.vermilion.ca or view the Vermilion and area Chamber of Commerce website at www.vermilionchamber.ab.ca
  • Employers in Vermilion look for employees who are professional in attitude and appearance, motivated to work, and who are willing to learn new skills.
  • Employers have a high expectation of excellence in customer service and a willingness to go that extra distance in providing customers with a good shopping or service experience.
  • Employers also look for employees with sufficient skills and qualifications for the positions applied for. Vermilion & District

Finding Work in Vermilion

 

Employment

The following provides examples of occupational groups and positions with employers that participated in the research for Finding Work in Vermilion:

Agricultural service industry:

  • sales personnel, crop supplies sales representatives
  • heavy equipment operators; service technicians, parts technicians, mechanics,
  • bookkeepers, service writers, machine washers, counter sales and service, accounting staff, secretary
  • veterinarian, veterinarian’s assistant, animal health technologist, kennel assistant

Automotive industry

  • automotive service writer, counter sales and service, mechanical technician, tire technician, parts and service technicians
  • office clerks, bookkeepers, detailiers

Business and community service industry:

  • management occupations: general manager, controller, human resources manager, office manager
  • floral designer sales assistant
  • realtors, receptionist, conveyancing secretary, auction clerk, auction cashier, office administrator, book keepers
  • community disability support workers, family support workers, team leaders, program coordinators, administrative staff
  • library manager, library assistant (programming coordinator), library assistant (technical services), library page
  • merchandiser, photo lab technician, office administration and accounting
  • customer service representatives, building service representatives

Education

  • instructors, administrative personnel, human resource/payroll personnel, computer technicians, administrative assistants
  • farm workers, maintenance workers, grounds workers, building patrol, Financial personnel caretakers, recreation personnel

Energy industry:

  • coil tubing, bulk fluid, nitrogen pressure truck and bladder truck operators
  • office administrators, customer sales representatives

Financial and Insurance industry:

  • financial services representatives, customer service representatives, financial advisors, business account managers
  • general insurance agents, receptionist, travel consultant, brokers, data entry clerks, registries clerks

Food Service and Processing Industry:

  • front of house, heart of house, chefs, restaurant servers, prep cooks, line cooks, dishwashers, bartenders, scullery, delivery drivers, pizza cooks, chicken cooks
  • slaughterers, meat cutters, sausage makers, labourers, wrappers, bookkeeper, truck driver, cleaners
  • payroll/benefits, credit supervisor, grocery manager,
  • head cashier, cashier, grocery supervisor, grocery clerk, meat manager, deli manager, produce manager, produce clerk, baker manager, baker helper, bakery clerk, baker helper/decorator

Health Care industry

  • pharmacist, pharmacist’s assistant
  • dental hygienist, receptionist, registered dental assistant, office manager, receivers, delivery person

Managed by the Vermilion and District Chamber of Commerce. This Series is a partnership project by the Government of Alberta, Vermilion and District Chamber of Commerce, Town of Vermilion and HUB. For more information, contact the Chamber at 780 853-6593.

Personal Care industry

  • hairdresser, receptionist
  • denturist, lab manager, lab assistant Job Search

Public Administration

  • postal clerks, post office clerks-retail, letter carriers
  • executive director, program coordinator, community facilitator, literacy tutors (volunteer)
  • Clerks, accounting technician, computer support technician, municipal enforcement officer, utility operators, labour operators, foreman, community economic development coordinators, departmental directors

Retail and wholesale industry

  • sales and service occupations including: retail sales clerks, customers service representatives

Trades

  • Heavy duty mechanics, plumbers, sheet metal , workers, steam, hot water and air conditioning journeymen and apprentices, automotive technicians, tire technicians, gasfitters, stick, Mig and submerged metal arc welders

Transportation industry

  • truck drivers, dock freight handlers, labourers,
  • loader operators, gravel crusher operators

For information on how to find work with specific employers, view the Finding Work At publications for Vermilion at www.employment.alberta.ca and on the Vermilion and Area Chamber of Commerce website at www.vermilionchamber.ca.

Job Search

  • The majority of employers in Vermilion advertise job vacancies in the local newspapers. Job seekers should consult local and regional newspapers for current job opportunities.
  • Many employers advertise vacancies on company websites and on the Chamber of Commerce website. Job seekers should research these websites, as well as online job banks and career centres at universities, colleges and trades schools.
  • Visit www.jobbank.gc.ca for current job openings.
  • Some employers use word of mouth to advertise openings. Job seekers should speak with employers, employees, town officials and personal acquaintances to find out what opportunities may be available.
  • A few employers use external signage in their windows. Job seekers may find it useful to tour the business and industrial areas of Vermilion for notice of these opportunities.
  • Professional vacancies are often advertised in professional and/or trades journals

Managed by the Vermilion and District Chamber of Commerce. This Series is a partnership project by the Government of Alberta, Vermilion and District Chamber of Commerce, Town of Vermilion and HUB. For more information, contact the Chamber at 780 853-6593.

Current Skill Gaps and Labour Shortages

  • The employee turnover rate in Vermilion is low for most employers in Vermilion, with long-term employees filling the majority of positions.
  • Employers indicate labour shortages in the retail and service industries; employers report difficulty retaining retail workers because of low wages and lack of benefits associated with these positions.
  • Some smaller employers report difficulty paying competitive wages; a few businesses have laid off employees or are not anticipating hiring in the immediate future.
  • Employers cite a lack of customer service skills, a poor work ethic and unreliability as ongoing concerns. Basic computer skills are a common requirement.

Future Trends in the Community

  • The population in Vermilion is currently 4472 and typically growth has averaged just under 1% annually.
  • Vermilion is pleased to welcome a new industrial employer, Leading Manufacturing Group Inc. a builder of tankage for the heavy oil industry. The company will increase job opportunities in Vermilion and area with the hiring of about 65 welders and skilled labourers locally and outside of Vermilion. It is anticipated that supporting industries will experience growth as a consequence.
  • The Town of Vermilion is currently developing 33 residential lots in the west end of Vermilion to attract new residential construction and movement to the town.
  • Boston Pizza opened its new restaurant in July of 2010, providing new full time and part time positions for job seekers in the food service sector.

Community Resources

When seeking employment in Vermilion and the surround area, key contacts include:

Alberta Employment and Immigration, Vermilion
Office

Labour Market Information Centre
4701 – 52 Street
Box 25
Vermilion, AB T9X 1J9
Tel: 780 853-8164
Fax: 780 853-8205

Town of Vermilion
5021 – 49 Avenue
Vermilion, AB T9X 1X1

Tel: 780 853-5358

Fax: 780 853-4910
Website: www.vermilion.ca

Vermilion & District Chamber of Commerce
4606 – 52 Street
Vermilion, AB T9X 0A1

Tel: 780 853-6593
Fax: 780 853-1740
Website: www.vermilionchamber.ca

More information about Vermilion can be found in their community profile at www.albertafirst.com

Managed by the Vermilion and District Chamber of Commerce. This Series is a partnership project by the Government of Alberta, Vermilion and District Chamber of Commerce, Town of Vermilion and HUB. For more information, contact the Chamber at 780 853-6593.

Participating Employers in Vermilion

Managed by the Vermilion and District Chamber of Commerce. This Series is a partnership project by the Government of Alberta, Vermilion and District Chamber of Commerce, Town of Vermilion and HUB. For more information, contact the Chamber at 780 853-6593.

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