Milestone: LNG Canada trades program hits 1000th apprentice

LNG Canada and the BC Construction Association have hit a milestone in their partnership to train apprentices in the province's construction sector.

Marissa McTavish of Prince George is the 1000th apprentice to go through the Trades Training Fund, the two companies announced Wednesday, February 6.

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McTavish is studying electrical apprenticeship, and begins her Level 3 training at the College of New Caledonia this month. Her employer, Primus Electric, is also the 500th business to sponsor an employee with help from the fund, the companies said.

“As a single mom, this opportunity to develop my skills in the electrical trade means steady employment, good wages, and self-respect,” McTavish said in a news release.

LNG Canada launched the fund in 2015, which has since doled out $1.5 million to help train apprentices in high demand trades in B.C. Of the 1,000 students supported by the funding, 150 have gone to the College of New Caledonia. 

Funding for the program will continue, LNG Canada said.

“At LNG Canada we recognize the valuable role all British Columbians play in maintaining a vibrant skilled workforce, not only for the emerging LNG industry, but for the prosperity of industries across B.C.," said Tracey MacKinnon, the company's workforce development manager.

"We’re proud that our program is connecting people to successful employment in their local regions and acknowledge the leadership of the employers who are sponsoring apprentices.”

A 2018 industry survey found 68% of employers had challenges finding skilled workers, according to the BCCA.

“LNG Canada is helping to address that gap and opening up rewarding career opportunities for British Columbians across the province,” said President Chris Atchison.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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