What is the LNG Canada Trades Training Fund?
This is a $1,500,000 Fund set up by LNG Canada as part of its Construction Workforce Program. The fund is held at the Construction Association of BC and administered through the BC Construction Association. It is designed to support Industry and Apprenticeship Training for the construction and related trades in BC.
Why was this Fund Established?
LNG Canada recognizes that if British Columbians are going to be ready to take part in the skilled trades opportunities opening up over the next decade as a result of the growing LNG industry, they need to start their training now. LNG Canada also recognizes that the employers who sponsor apprentices today will play a big role in training those skilled journeypersons that the LNG sector will need in the future. The Trades Training Fund has, therefore, been established to:
- Support BC employers, particularly small to medium enterprises, that employ, sponsor and train apprentices in the construction and related trades.
- Support and increase BC apprenticeship training and completions.
- Support workforce development and increase the number of skilled British Columbian journeypersons available to work in the trades.
Who can Access the Fund?
The Trades Training Fund can be accessed by employers on behalf of their apprentices. Employers can make funding requests for the following types of industry training:
Apprenticeship training: The Fund will cover the cost of technical training through ITA approved training providers, at any level of the apprenticeship. The apprentice must be registered with the Industry Training Authority.
Foundation training: The Fund may be accessed to pay for approved Foundation training (see list of approved training below) where:
- A commitment has been made to hire the trainee upon graduation.
- The training is being undertaken by a third party training provider independent of the employer and that meets the approval of the Provincial Government.
- The trainee is a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person entitled to work in Canada.
Additional training: The Fund may be accessed to pay for specialized, technical, and managerial training for existing staff.
Does the Funding cover all trades?
The original funding covered all apprenticeships in construction or construction related trades. Effective February 1, with the addition of $500,000 to the original $1,000,000 in funding, only high demand trades will be eligible.
- Automotive Service Techs
- Concrete Finishers
- Crane Operators
- Gas Fitters
- Heavy Duty Equipment Technicians
- Heavy Equipment Operators
- Sprinkler System Installers
- Steamfitters and Pipefitter
- Transport Truck Drivers
- Labourers/Construction Craft Workers
The list of demand trades may change over time as the workforce evolves, at the discretion of LNG Canada.
Can the Fund be accessed for living out expenses, books, or wages lost while at school?
The funding will not cover living out expenses or wages lost but it may include mandatory student fees, textbooks, software and other required materials, and examination fees.
Can individuals apply for the Funding?
No, only employers who have committed to hiring a graduate, are seeking upgrade training for existing employees, or who are sponsoring an apprentice may apply for the Funding.
How does an employer apply for the Funding?
Applications and further information can be found here.
Who will receive the funding payment?
The funding will be paid directly to the school providing the training, not to the employer or to the employee receiving the training.
How will applications for Funding be assessed?
Applications for funding will be assessed based on criteria developed by the funders and will be processed in the order in which they are received. Only small companies with 20 employees or less, who are supporting apprenticeship in the demand trades, are eligible.
What is the time frame for applying? Is there a deadline?
Effective February 1, 2017, applications must be recieved one month prior to the month the classes start. For example, if your course beings in April, the application must be submitted no later than February 28. If your course begins in May, your application must be submitted no later than March 31.
How were the criteria established?
The LNGC TTF criteria were established to achieve the most significant positive impact on BC’s construction workforce: the goal is to assist small and medium employers to upskill and train apprentices and other workers who, without the LNG Canada Trades Training Fund, would likely not be able to receive the training they need. Additional eligibility criteria added for the second round of funding (February 1, 2017) have been introduced with the intentionl of reducing repeat use to a larger group of participants and modulating the speed of consumption to give more apprentices the chance to participate.
Is the Fund open to all employers regardless of their labour affiliations?
Yes, the Fund is open to all employers who sponsor and train apprentices in the construction and related trades in BC.
Is this Fund connected to the Canada Job Grant (CJG)?
Effective February 1, 2017, with the additional $500,000 in funding, the LNG Canada Trades Training Fund will no longer be applying to the Canada Job Grant for reimbursement on eligible participants. Participants who recieve TTF funding are not eligible for CJG.