The 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. Training programs in Alberta and BC continue to be identified and opportunities are being secured. Industry-recognized certificate training 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 earned these certificates is being delivered.
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 associated training tasks 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 the Cariboo Aboriginal Training Employment Centre in Williams Lake, BC and Aboriginal Affairs & Northern Development, and delivered by the College of New Caledonia (CNC) Prince George, resulted in eight 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 (OSW), 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 were 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.
Education Legacy Program
The Trans Mountain Expansion Project Community Benefits Program provides lasting benefits to communities along the proposed pipeline corridor including community programs/infrastructure improvements, environmental stewardship/ecological offsets and an Education Legacy Program.
The program focuses on bursaries and scholarships to increase the capacity of students in the trades, technologies and environmental disciplines. Training programs that increase the capacity of individuals to protect and enhance the environment are a priority for the program.
Currently, Trans Mountain has partnerships in place with Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in Kamloops, BC.
Thompson Rivers University
In April, 2015, Trans Mountain and TRU established several awards for TRU students across multiple disciplines. Funding for all awards has been provided for the next 20 years, totalling $500,000, including:
- Trans Mountain Environmental Science Awards;
- Trans Mountain Applied Research Awards;
- Trans Mountain Trades Bursaries; and
- Trans Mountain Social Work and Human Service Bursaries.
To learn more about TRU and their available programs visit here.