Careers in the cannabis industry will be one of the options young job seekers can find out more about at Okanagan College’s Career Fair.
Lyle Oberg, corporate project management officer with the Lake Country pot growing company called Flowr, will talk about their growing need for employees at the event at the Kelowna campus on Sunday.
Flowr already has 120 full-and part-time employees, and is preparing to double that the next six to eight months.
He says a wide range of jobs are available.
“Ninety-five per cent of our employees are local and we have a substantial need for even more employees in a wide variety of positions,” explains Oberg. “That’s one of the interesting parts of this industry, we need office administrators, business people, cultivators, managers, trimmers, marketers, and more, all the way up to PhD researchers – this industry is really limitless.”
Oberg will give an hour-long presentation to current and prospective College students about cannabis career opportunities in the Okanagan at noon during the College’s Career Fair in Rm. E202 in the Centre for Learning (E) building.
Okanagan College made headlines last fall when it became one of the first in the sector nationally to implement a Cannabis course – The Emerging Marijuana Industry – through its School of Business.
It now offers several courses through the Continuing Studies department including Growing your Own Cannabis, Pest Management, Cannabis Legislation, Business Fundamentals and more. An upcoming course on Cannabis Retail Sales is also being developed.
“This is a dynamic industry and the courses we have developed bring a unique hands-on educational experience for students – not just theory,” says Dennis Silvestrone, Director of Continuing Studies and Corporate Training at Okanagan College. “Our goal is to provide education that is ahead of the curve and provides insight into this unfolding market.”
The College’s 37th annual Career Fair on Nov. 4 offers high school and post-secondary students the opportunity to explore potential career paths and connect with more than 50 employers across a range of industries.
The event will run from 10:30 am to 3 pm at the Kelowna campus, 1000 KLO Rd.