LNG Canada Launches Training Program Directed Towards Women

John Crawford

"Your place is in the construction trades".  

That's the message LNG Canada and its prime contractor are trying to deliver to women, as they announced a province-wide program aimed at boosting the female workforce on the Kitimat mega-project.
The program -- called "Your Place" -- was unrolled Monday by LNG Canada and prime contractor JGC Fluor,  at the "Canadian Apprenticeship Forum Supporting Women in Trades" conference in Vancouver.


Tracey MacKinnon -- LNG Canada's Workforce Development Manager -- says the goal is to attract, recruit, train and employ women in the construction trades.

"`Your Place' offers a four-week workplace readiness training program to help women start and succeed in the skilled trades," she told a news conference during the launch.

MacKinnon says graduates of the program will have a direct line to employment opportunities on the Project site in Kitimat.

LNG Canada CEO Andy Calitz says women currently represent just under 5% of a typical construction workforce in BC, despite comprising 50% of the working population.

"LNG Canada does not see this lack of diversity as a women's issue, it is a workplace issue that needs to be tackled, confronted and solved," he said.

JGC Fluor's Phil Clark says, as the father of three working-age daughters himself, he's a strong proponent of encouraging more women to take up careers in the industry:  "I'm excited about this because my daughter is going to be one of those people working on this job site."

LNG Canada also issued a promotional video, showing Diana Audette and her two daughters -- Jennifer and Steffany Struck -- who have found jobs with the company. 

BC Energy Minister Michelle Mungall was also on hand for the Monday's launch -- saying the province is committed to supporting women and indigenous people to access the career training they need to pursue opportunities in the trades.

LNG Canada estimates it will require up to 7500 workers to construct the Kitimat mega project, while 300 to 450 permanent jobs will be created once the facility is operating.

[PHOTO:  Peter Zebedee, Incoming CEO, LNG Canada;  Phil Clark, Project Director for JGC Fluor; Tracey MacKinnon, Workforce Development Manager, LNG Canada; Michelle Mungall, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources; Crystal Smith, Chief Councilor, Haisla Nation; Andy Calitz, CEO of LNG Canada. == Courtesy LNG Canada / CNW]

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