College backs LNG sector

Okanagan College has made the list of those qualified to train for LNG positions needing workers.

Okanagan College has made the list of those qualified to train British Columbians for one of the top LNG positions needing workers.

OC is among nine training providers the Industry Training Authority (ITA) announced as having successful qualification to deliver the Construction Craft Worker program in B.C. This action is in direct response to the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry’s demand for skilled tradespeople in B.C.

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.

“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 B.C.’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.