Timothy Flood, President of the oldest construction company in Canada, along with his brothers and cousin, are the fifth generation of his family to operate the company started by his ancestors in 1848. John Flood & Sons (1961) Ltd. is a successful business based out of St. John, New Brunswick, that is active in commercial, industrial, institutional and residential construction.
Ensuring the continued success of his family business is very important to Mr. Flood and he recognizes the need to pass on important skills and craftsmanship from one generation to the next. To achieve this continuous transfer of expertise, John Flood & Sons (1961) Ltd. hired apprentices in carpentry, masonry, cement masonry, and cabinet making. In total, approximately 20 percent of Mr. Flood's employees are apprentices.
Here are his thoughts on apprenticeships:
“Apprentices are the future of the skilled trades; we need them. Without apprentices there will be no skilled trade workforce.”
“A properly trained apprentice leads to increased productivity, which leads to an increase in my bottom line.”
“Training an apprentice is a sure way to guarantee that your company will have highly qualified workers in the future.”
Timothy Flood, President of John Flood & Sons Ltd.