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Skills training project in B.C. targets LNG jobs

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The government of British Columbia (B.C.) has released a statement claiming that new skills training programmes for members of the Gitanyow First Nation community will increase opportunities for sustainable employment in the LNG sector.

The training courses, which will be delivered by Northwest Community College, BV Driving School and Northwest First Aid Training, are designed to help participants meet entry-level requirements for employment in the natural gas pipeline industry and other resource sectors.

The government of B.C. claims that up to 100 Gitanyow members will receive training over the next two years through a variety of courses that will focus on projected high demand occupations and potential worker shortages in the construction stages of natural gas pipeline development.

Provincial funding of CAN$320 000 over the next two years for the Gitanyow skills training project is provided through B.C.’s Aboriginal Skills Training Development Fund, which is investing up to CAN$30 million over three years in Indigenous skills-training projects and partnerships.

Offering community-driven skills training is one part of the Province’s efforts to include First Nations communities and Indigenous people in new LNG sector opportunities.

John Rustad, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, said: “Skills training can be the ticket to a good job, and the training being provided to Gitanyow members through this programme will help to ensure they are positioned to benefit from the tremendous employment opportunities that LNG development is bringing to B.C.”

Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Labour, said: “Investing in initiatives for Aboriginal people is a key commitment of B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint. Aboriginal youth are the fastest growing demographic in the province, with half under the age of 25, and with the almost one million job openings on the horizon, programmes like these will provide them with the skills training and work experience necessary to find their fit in our diverse, strong and growing economy.”

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