The proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion will create a variety of employment opportunities, whether in the construction of the pipeline, related facilities, support roles or in construction camps. Our education and training program is an ongoing initiative involving extensive consultation with communities and Aboriginal groups along the pipeline route. Through an understanding of the number of qualified and interested community members we will provide training to address identified skill gaps based on the employment needs of the Project and identified interests and opportunities with communities.
Developing training initiatives
Developing partnerships with training service providers is an important aspect of the Employment and Training Strategy for Trans Mountain and training programs in Alberta and BC continue to be identified and opportunities are being secured. Industry-recognized certificate training is delivered in partnership with the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS) which has well-established relationships with qualified local trainers for flagging, first aid, WHMIS, ground disturbance, pipeline safety, construction safety and a myriad of other certificates that enhance the employability of individuals who have successfully obtained these certificates.
Partnering for success
A partnership with Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in Kamloops, BC, with funding provided by the Province of BC, resulted in the training of approximately 35 Construction Craft Workers located in (or near) Clearwater, Merritt and Chilliwack. The Construction Craft Worker training program prepares participants with an apprenticeship opportunity to work in construction as a skilled labourer. The training tasks associated with the training enable and reinforce the skills needed to work on a wide variety of buildings, structures and premises including pipelines, municipal sewer and water mains, roads, dams and bridges, mines, tunnels, railways and canals.
Camp cook training, in partnership with Cariboo Aboriginal Training Employment Centre in Williams Lake BC, Aboriginal Affairs & Northern Development BC Region Vancouver, and delivered by the College of New Caledonia (CNC) Prince George, resulted in 8 individuals from Quesnel BC receiving a Camp Cook Certificate from CNC for successfully completing the training.
Additionally, a joint effort between Trans Mountain and Opus Stewart Weir, land surveyor contractors, helps to recruit and hire land surveyor assistant trainees. Approximately 40 resumes were gathered from Kamloops, Merritt and Chilliwack. The resumes were screened, interviews arranged for those selected based on qualifications and past work experience, and 12 were invited to OSW’s land surveyor camp to receive on--the-job training experience as land surveyor assistants.
BCIT Marine Simulation Centre
Trans Mountain is committed to working with the marine industry to ensure the safe movement of vessels that travel in BC waters and call on the Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby. That’s why Kinder Morgan Canada joined the Government of Canada, Transport Canada and various local west coast marine entities in 2011 to upgrade the multi-million dollar marine simulation centre at the BCIT Marine Campus in North Vancouver, BC.
The centre offers a variety of navigation training and safety programs. The simulation training takes place on all vessel types from tug boats to large cargo ships and oil tankers. The centre includes a ship’s main bridge simulator which duplicates many scenarios a ship’s crew and captain would encounter, such as rolling seas and high winds.
Although Kinder Morgan Canada is not directly involved in marine shipping, our support of the centre helps train crews who ensure vessels move safely along our coast.
KMC’s contribution to the centre was $250,000. Other contributors include the Government of Canada and Transport Canada, BC Ferries, Kongsberg Maritime Simulation, Pacific Pilotage Authority, Port Metro Vancouver, Seaspan, and the Council of Marine Carriers.
More information about the BCIT marine simulation centre is available here.