The B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint is re-engineering the province’s education and skills training programs to focus on in-demand jobs, like those in the LNG industry.
Since launching the Blueprint in 2014, an additional $108 million has been dedicated to the trades at post-secondary institutions, including:
- $13 million to date to add 2,917 training seats in 14 public post-secondary institutions in critical trades to reduce LNG-related trade occupation waitlists;
- $17 million in new trades training equipment at 14 public post-secondary institutions to support students entering in-demand sectors such as LNG. The funding is part of the $185 million being invested in trades training infrastructure and equipment.
These investments will ensure British Columbians have the skills required to be first in line for the jobs in the province’s growing economy, including future employment opportunities linked to LNG.
Top 10 LNG occupations
LNG workforce projections done for the B.C. government show workforce demand for occupations in the LNG sector for construction and operations phases between 2014 and 2023. The following are the top ten occupations that will be in demand for the LNG industry in B.C.
- Construction craft worker
- Steamfitters and pipefitters
- Concrete finishers
- Transport truck drivers
- Heavy equipment operators
- Gas fitters
- Purchasing agents and officers
- Crane operators
Featured LNG Occupations
Construction craft worker:
In response to the LNG industry’s demand for skilled tradespeople in B.C.’s North, specifically Construction Trades Helpers and Labourers, the provincial government introduced the Construction Craft Worker trades classification – B.C.’s 48th Red Seal trade. Construction craft workers are among the most in-demand LNG occupations with 11,800 potential job openings. Read more>
Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
Steamfitters and pipefitters design, install, assemble, maintain, and repair pipes carrying water, chemicals and fuel used in heating, cooling, lubricating and other piping systems. There are 3,800 potential job openings for this trade. Read more>
Apprentices on Public Projects
The Apprentices on Public Projects policy was introduced to help get more young people in B.C. connected with skills training and apprenticeship opportunities.
This new policy requires all contractors that work on major public construction projects, with provincial investments over $15 million, to demonstrate that they are engaged in apprenticeship training.
Learn about opportunities in LNG
A variety of resources are available for job seekers at WorkBC.ca. You can:
- Learn more about the Top Ten LNG Occupations.
- Read the B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint.
- Search for jobs in B.C.
- Find a WorkBC Employment Services Centre near you.
- Build your skills through post-secondary education and trades training.
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