Essential skills training is being offered to members of United Steelworkers Union (USW) Local 1-425 in 100 Mile House, at no cost to the employees.
The Northern Skills Training pilot will provide $2.9 million for forestry and mining workers during the next 18 months through the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Agreement.
The project is targeted for the 840 union members throughout the North, from 100 Mile House to Fort Nelson, who can obtain further training toward potential advancement in their field.
The contract for the training operations in 100 Mile House is Horton Ventures Inc., which will be providing the program services to over 180 union members residing in the area.
Horton Ventures CEO Anny Horton says her staff is pleased to be part of the project.
“We’re happy to be working together with USW to provide this service to the community and upgrade the skills of some of the local mill workers and other members.”
Project co-ordinator Terry Tate says union members who live in 100 Mile House may apply for the training, regardless of the mill or mine location where they work.
Travel expenses and/or a partial stipend for loss of wages may apply in some cases, he adds.
The project has been modelled after similar programs in the North, Tate says, adding he was pleased with the success of those to help workers advance in their industry.
“It’s fairly unique in its model because it not only works with essential skills but also supplies the tools they need as they move forward.”
Technology will be used extensively for an online learning component and, where possible, for workers in remote locations to receive training off-site and facilitate monitoring of their individual results, he says.
To apply for the NST Pilot, USW 1-425 members can contact Horton Ventures Inc. at 2-808 Alpine Ave., or call 250-395-5121. For further information, call Tate at 250-563-7712 or e-mail email@example.com.