The government of British Columbia, in partnership with LNG Canada, has announced two funding programs employers can apply for to assist their employees in upgrading their skills in anticipation of upcoming liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects.
The LNG Canada – Trades Training Fund will provide a total of $1 million to employers in B.C. in support of industry and apprenticeship training in the construction sector. The fund will be administered by the British Columbia Construction Association. Details on eligibility criteria and application dates will be available at the BCCA and LNG Canada websites.
Construction sector companies 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 and employers. The two levels of government provide two-thirds of the total training cost for an employee up to $10,000 per person, and the employer is responsible for the remaining one-third of the training cost.
"This partnership ensures people benefit with the skills and training they need to prosper alongside the diversification of our natural gas sector and the development of LNG Canada. Collectively, we are building a secure long-term future for British Columbians" B.C. minister of natural gas development Rich Coleman said.
"The $1 million LNG Canada Trades Training Fund will enable British Columbians to benefit from careers in all industries, and particularly the emerging LNG industry. By collaborating with government and the BC Construction Association, we can support construction employers and their apprentices with access to funding for training and skills development to fully realize job opportunities," LNG Canada CEO Andy Calitz said. 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.
Information on CJG eligibility criteria, application procedures and dates are available on WorkBC's website at: https://www.workbc.ca/canadabcjobgrant. Additional CJG applications will be accepted in January 2016.