What is the LNG Canada Trades Training Fund (TTF)?
Through the TTF, LNG Canada has already invested more than $1,750,000 to support apprenticeship training in BC as part of its Construction Workforce Program. The fund is 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 recognized that if British Columbians were going to be ready to take part in the skilled trades opportunities opening up as a result of the growing LNG industry, they needed to start their training as soon as possible. LNG Canada also recognized 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 was 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 to help cover costs of foundation or apprenticeship training for employees in high demand trades:
Apprenticeship training: The Fund will cover the cost of technical training through ITA approved training providers, at any level of the apprenticeship for the trades listed below. 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.
Does the Funding cover all trades?
The original funding covered all apprenticeships in construction or construction-related trades. As demand shifts in the marketplace, the TTF has focused on high demand trades. Effective November 3, 2020, only these high demand trades will be eligible:
Available to applicants across all of BC:
- Instrument Technician
- Power Engineering
- Water treatment
- Marine Master
Available to applicants in Northern BC only:
- Rope access
- Heavy equipment operator
- HVAC Technician
- Insulation Technician
- Warehouse Technician
Non-Trades Available to Applicants in Northern BC Only:
- Document controller
- Administrative Assistant
- Food Caterer
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. The funding per application is capped at $1,300.
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 November 3, 2020, applications must be received one month prior to the month the classes start. For example, if your course beings in January the application must be submitted no later than November 30. If your course begins in February, your application must be submitted no later than December 31. Applications will be accepted until the funding has been fully committed.
How were the criteria established?
The LNG Canada 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 latest round of funding (November 3, 2020) have been introduced with the intention 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.