50 job placements already secured by LNG Canada Connect program
Vancouver, British Columbia, April 25, 2016 — Connecting qualified workers with job opportunities in the skilled trades in Terrace and Kitimat is crucial to successful workforce development, particularly for the nascent LNG industry. To address this challenge, B.C. Construction Association (BCCA) teamed up with LNG Canada to create the LNG Canada Connect initiative. This initiative is completely funded by LNG Canada and is an extension of our Skilled Trades Employment Program (STEP).
We’re delighted to share the news that via the program, 50 tradespeople have been connected to job opportunities in Terrace and Kitimat.
The success of the program is due in large part to Steve Bernard, the LNG Canada Connect Representative for Kitimat and Terrace. “I treat all of my clients as individuals, and figure out what support they need on a case-by-case basis,” says Bernard. “Some need help with resumes, some have personal protective equipment (PPE) that’s out of date, and some need their CSTC – or Construction Safety Training System certificate.” In addition to those 50 placements, Bernard has helped reduce barriers to employment for many others.
The program is demonstrating its worth quickly. "The value of Connect was evident right out of the gate: an expert in the field supported by a flexible private fund enables us to quickly find qualified people for construction jobs,” says BCCA President Manley McLachlan. “This makes Connect a win for the employer, the worker and the larger goals of the sector. LNG Canada is helping to make sure British Columbians are getting access to the training and the jobs they deserve.”
LNG Canada’s Workforce Development Manager, Tracey MacKinnon adds, “As we further our workforce development planning, we recognize the fundamental and valuable role all British Columbians can play in maintaining a vibrant skilled workforce, not only for the emerging LNG industry, but for the prosperity of industries across B.C. LNG Canada recognizes that we will be drawing on skilled tradespeople and apprentices already on the ground, and appreciate the resources, time and energy that have already been invested in these individuals by the provincial and federal governments, and by employers throughout B.C. and across Canada. We are glad that these individuals have been connected to successful employment in the local region through the program.”
Bernard’s advice to job seekers? “Don’t give up. Use your resources. Be organized in your job search and follow-up with employers. If you’re anywhere in BC, get in touch with STEP. And if you’re local in Kitimat or Terrace, come visit me. Let’s see what we can do to help you get ready for the next big thing.”
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