People Corporation

People are our only business. People Corporation helps organizations prosper by enabling their employees to grow and succeed at every stage of their career. We are a national provider of group benefits, group retirement and human resource services. People Corporation is honoured to share Breanne Curran’s story, a woman in manufacturing…

Since I was young, I knew that I wanted to be a machinist. I never imagined how difficult it would be! When I graduated high school I applied to over 20 companies looking to enter the manufacturing industry. I was turned down by all 20 companies. I finally was hired as an apprentice for machining. For 1.5 years I was not allowed to learn or operate machinery, I was cleaning and emptying garbage cans. My male counterparts, however, were given the opportunity. I was at the point of giving up! To my surprise I was approached by my current employer, ABS Machining Inc. They offered me a “paid” three-year apprenticeship. My research showed that ABS Machining Inc. had state of-the-art facilities (six in total). They specialized in the machining and fabrication of large, complex components for a number of industries. I won the jackpot! Myself and three other students/apprentices received one-on-one training for two years. I am in my third year currently, now on the shop floor being mentored by highly-skilled CNC machinists. I am now proficient in a number of CNC controls (Fanuc, Tosnuc, Siemens 840D). My message to other females looking to enter the trade is to never give up, no matter what obstacles get in the way! Work hard and you will succeed!

People Corporation is pleased to offer CME members preferred rates that are cost sustainable for the organization while continuing a level of benefits that employees will value. For more information, please contact Colleen Baker, Vice-President Enterprise Benefit Solutions at 226-934-7806 or email: colleen.baker@peoplecorporation.com