We provide funding for workforce development-related initiatives in the community.
Skilled trade workers play a critical role in successfully building the LNG Canada facility and infrastructure. We invest heavily in workforce development and are making lasting contributions to the training and skill development of the British Columbian workforce.
LNG Canada has provided more than $4 million in funding for several workforce development-related initiatives to support British Columbia meet industry’s skilled trades requirements.
Power Engineering Programs
This locally run program prepares individuals for the next steps in education needed to pursue a career in Power Engineering. Students receive strong practical skills, technical knowledge and mentoring. An initial program ‘Power Engineering Readiness’ prepares students for the ‘4th Class Power Engineer Program’.
Upon completion of the full 38-week program, graduates will be prepared to undertake government examinations for an Interprovincial 4th Class Power Engineer’s Certificate of Competency. These programs were developed by LNG Canada, Coast Mountain College, and BCIT and delivered alongside the Government of British Columbia.
Empowering People Through Skills Development
Trades Training Fund
LNG Canada believes that apprenticeship completion is critical to ensuring an improved supply of skilled tradespeople for the many projects currently under development within the LNG industry, and to help replace many of the skilled tradespeople nearing retirement age.
One of the barriers to apprenticeship completion is funding, and to remove this barrier, LNG Canada has contributed over $2 million to a Trades Training Fund and more than 1,300 apprentice applications have been approved to date. This funding goes to building awareness of the trades available in any industry, particularly the emerging LNG industry. LNG Canada is pleased to be working with the B.C. Construction Association, who is actively building awareness of the fund and administering it on LNG Canada’s behalf.
Funding from LNG Canada’s contribution is available to small and medium-size employers to assist them with training programs for apprentices. Current apprentices in the middle of their apprenticeships can speak to their employer to apply for money from the fund, and employers that want to set up training programs can apply to the fund directly.
LNG Canada Connect
In partnership with the B.C. Construction Association’s Skilled Trades Employment Program (STEP), LNG Canada funded a dedicated resource in Terrace. B.C. to fill available positions in the construction industry within the local Kitimat and Terrace region, with the best-qualified candidates.
The LNG Canada representative removes barriers to employment by offering financial support from LNG Canada’s Gear Up Fund. This may include costs associated with prerequisite training or personal protective equipment all in support of helping people connect to employment opportunities.
Contact the B.C. Construction Association to learn more about participating in LNG Canada’s Trades Training Fund, or to access the representative from LNG Canada Connect.