New Fund to Help Train Workers
Prince George, B.C. – The third annual LNG conference that was held in Vancouver this week produced a special fund to train workers .
The LNG Industry and the provincial government announced two funding programs to help current and future employees upgrade their skills. LNG Canada has announced the LNG Canada – Trades Training Fund, a new program that will provide a total of $1 million to employers in B.C. in support of industry and apprenticeship training in the construction sector to build a workforce to meet the needs of the LNG industry.
The fund will be administered by the BC Construction Association (BCCA). CEO of the BC Construction Association North, Scott Bone, says the funding is a positive for the region ” We certainly see significant benefits to not only our membership but people throughout the north.” Details of the training fund, including eligibility criteria and application dates, will be available on the BCCA website and the LNG Canada website
That’s not all.
To complement the new Trades Training Fund, companies in the construction sector can also apply to the Canada-B.C. Job Grant (CJG) which will provide $500,000 for employee training occurring before April 1, 2016. The Canada-B.C. Job Grant is a three-way partnership between the federal and provincial governments as well as employers. Government provides two-thirds of the total training cost for an employee up to $10,000 per person, while the employer is responsible for the balance. Eligible employers will be able to receive funding from the LNG Canada – Trades Training Fund to offset their one-third share of the CJG training cost. More information is available at the WorkBC website.