LNG Canada has introduced a new training program to encourage more women to work on its construction site on BC’s North Coast.
On June 17, the company announced the launch of Your Place, a BC-wide workforce development program that aims to attract, recruit, train, support, and employ women to work for the LNG Project in Kitimat, BC.
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Your Place includes a four-week workplace readiness training program and employment supports. Graduates of the program will have a direct line to entry-level job opportunities with JGC Fluor — LNG’s prime contractor.
LN Canada will provide tuition, safety gear, and learning materials for all participants. Airfare and accommodation will also be covered.
“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 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.”
The training program is open to women in BC, 18 years or older.