Earlier this year, the Trans Mountain Expansion Project and LandSea partnered to offer a pre-employment skills training program for Indigenous Peoples to develop on-the-job hospitality skills and gain valuable knowledge. The LandSea Pre-Employment Hospitality Work Skills Training Program was a five-day immersive training program offered to Indigenous Peoples interested in the hospitality industry. Trans Mountain and LandSea promoted the program though Indigenous employment and training advisors in BC and Alberta.

During the five-day program, participants were immersed in the hospitality industry at Sqemel Lalem camp in Hope, BC. This camp is being used for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project in partnership with Shxw’ōwhámél First Nation. Participants took part in acquiring various industry certifications, training, learning about workplace health and safety, job shadowing and professional development. Upon program completion, its five participants were invited to apply for work at Sqemel Lalem camp. The program has been deemed a success since all five now have meaningful employment at the camp.

Many participants found their experience to be very rewarding as the program offered a welcoming and supportive space. A testimonial from a recent graduate says: “I really enjoyed the program. It was a big step for me to get out of my comfort zone and go work with people I didn't know, but the people at camp were awesome. If they saw you walking around, they would ask if you were okay or if you needed anything. Their door was always open if you needed someone to talk to or just to ask a question. It is definitely a place I would come back to in the near future. Thank you for letting me take this training program.”

The program will be offered again in July and will be promoted through Employment and Training in the Indigenous communities along the pipeline corridor in British Columbia and Alberta.

LandSea Pre-Employment Hospitality Work Skills Training Program participants and mentors