Women interested in working in BC trades now have a rare opportunity to get trained and employed, for free.

“Women in British Columbia currently represent just under 5% of a typical construction workforce, despite comprising 50% of the working population,” said Andy Calitz, CEO of LNG Canada, in a news release. “This lack of diversity is not a women’s issue, it is a workplace issue. We are missing out on a talented demographic who will enter careers in the skilled construction trades and help British Columbia prosper. We want women to know there is a place for them on our project.”

This week LNG Canada and its main contractor have launched the “YOUR PLACE” program to train and employ female workers in all sorts of trades jobs required to build the natural gas export terminal in Kitimat. The program is a province-wide, workforce development program “aimed at attracting, recruiting, training, supporting, and employing women to work in the construction trades on the LNG Canada project.”

The program includes a four-week workplace readiness training program and employment supports designed to help women start – and succeed – in the skilled trades.

“YOUR PLACE graduates will have a direct line to employment opportunities in an entry level position with JGC Fluor or one of its subcontractors on the LNG Canada Project site in Kitimat, B.C. To remove barriers for women considering a career in the trades, the LNG Canada Project will cover the costs of tuition, safety gear and learning materials for all participants, as well as airfare to and from the training in Kitimat and accommodation for participants from outside the local area,” reads the news release.

For more information about how to sign up, visit the YOUR PLACE website or click the “Sign me up!” button at the top of this story.

Quick facts

  • Approximately 7,500 workers will be required at the peak of construction
  • Training will be delivered at the Kitimat Valley Institute
  • Program graduates will begin at entry-level positions

Careers in demand for LNG Canada project

  • Construction Craft Workers (Labourers)
  • Heavy Equipment Operators
  • Ironworkers
  • Welders
  • Electricians
  • Pipefitters
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