Massive Turnout for Site C Job Fair
Prince George, B.C. – Hundreds of job seekers have turned out for today’s Site C job fair at the Coast Inn of the North.
Hosted by BC Hydro, spokesperson Bob Gammer says the turnout has surpassed expectations.
“We figured we’d probably get about 500 people or maybe a little more but we’ll easily pass that mark and we might even get close to a thousand before this day is over.”
(The same job fair drew 1,500 in Fort St. John and 1,000 in Dawson Creek over the weekend).
He says people are applying for a wide variety of jobs including carpenters, welders, drillers, blasters, heavy equipment operators and work site supervisors.
Those who show up are passing on their resumes and having a quick chat with the main civil works contractor for Site C, Peace River Hydro Partners.
“As you can appreciate, we’re not going to have a lot of time to review resumes. It’s gathering the resumes, basically giving a couple minutes,” says spokesman Jim Schilling.
“We need to get resumes into our HR bank so that when the construction team starts, the cupboard’s not bare.”
BC Hydro estimates the project will have an over eight year construction life span and provide jobs for 1,600 people at its peak.
That’s not to mention the need for security guards and for people who will be needed to man the worker accommodation camps.
Prince George resident Brock Robson is a first year industrial electrician and braved today’s lineup for a crack at one of those coveted positions.
“I’ve got four or five years of labour and shutdown experience that I’m looking to bring into play here,” he says.
“It’s been a rocky road since the last job a year ago. Showing up here, seeing the number of people in line is a little shocking, a little disappointing but it’s been rough looking for work everywhere.”
Shelley Fraser has four years experience as a heavy equipment operator. She says a job at Site C would offer her some much needed security.
“It would be nice to get on something like this. A 10 year project, steady work. I’ve been out of work two months now.”
Today’s job fair is one of eight BC Hydro will be hosting. It runs until 7 p.m. tonight. The next one is scheduled for tomorrow in Quesnel.