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British Columbians to train for LNG trade

LNG Industry,

British Columbia’s Industry Training Authority (ITA) announced the successful qualification of nine training providers to deliver the Construction Craft Worker programme in B.C, responding to the demand for more skilled workers for the LNG industry.

This action is in direct response to the LNG industry's demand for skilled tradespeople in BC. Construction Trade Helpers and Labourers (Construction Craft Workers) are at the top of the list of in-demand LNG occupations, with an anticipated demand of up to 11 800 Construction Trade Helpers and Labourers by 2018 based on five LNG facilities.

To prepare for the growing demand, ITA accelerated the development of occupational standards for the Construction Craft Worker to ensure that post-secondary institutions could begin training British Columbians in early 2015.

First in line for LNG jobs

"Qualifying these training providers is one of the ways that ITA is responding to industry labour demands and ensuring that British Columbians have the right skills, in the right place at the right time," said Gary Herman, CEO, ITA. "We are excited for the opportunities that the LNG sector could provide British Columbians and we are taking action to make sure that they're the first in line for these jobs."

The Construction Craft Worker trade was recently announced as BC's 48th Red Seal trade, meaning it meets the Canadian standard of excellence for skilled trades. Construction Craft Workers work primarily outdoors and their tasks include site preparation and cleanup, setting up and removing access equipment, and working on concrete, masonry, steel, wood and precast erecting projects. They handle materials and equipment, and perform demolition, excavation and compaction activities.

Adapted from press release by Ted Monroe

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