LNG Canada has provided funding for a number of workforce development related initiatives as a way to support British Columbia in meeting industry’s skilled trades requirements over the coming years.
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 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 $1.4 million to a Trades Training Fund. This funding goes to building awareness of the trades available in any industry, and particularly the emerging LNG industry. LNG Canada is pleased to be working with the BC Construction Association, who is actively building awareness of the fund and administering it on LNG Canada’s behalf.
Funding from LNG Canada’s $1.4 million 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.
Pathways to Success
Pathways to Success is an employment readiness and job development program that LNG Canada has invested $200,000 towards. The program provides classroom and technical training, helps develop essential skills, and offers a link from training to employment. Six First Nations have recently participated in the program: Kitselas, Kitsumkalum, Lax Kw’alaams, Gitxaala, Metlakatla and Gitga’at.
LNG Canada Connect
In partnership with the B.C. Construction Association’s Skilled Trades Employment Program (STEP), LNG Canada is funding the position of a dedicated resource who is stationed in Terrace. This person fills employers requests for employees, in the construction industry within the local Kitimat and Terrace region, with the best-qualified candidate.
The LNG Canada representative has been tasked with removing 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.
To participate in LNG Canada’s Trades Training Fund, or to access the representative from LNG Canada Connect, contact BC Construction Association by clicking here.