United Steel Workers Local 1-424 has completed its Northern Skills Training pilot project which was made possible through a labour market agreement between the federal and provincial governments.
Training for 24 Babine Forest Products (BFP) employees was completed mid February. The training was developed in cooperation with Hampton Affiliates, the owners of the mill in Burns Lake. The training formed part of their employee preparedness for the new high tech sawmill.
“The objective was to not only prepare employees for the advanced technology used in the mill but build their confidence to adapt to this modern operation,” said Terry Tate program coordinator for the Northern Skills Training pilot project.
The training plan required a partnership with BFP to ensure the training undertaken was relevant to the needs of both the new operation and employees. Within the partnership BFP covered the full cost of the employee wages while attending training over the three and half days to ensure no financial burden to the employees.
This effective and creative partnership was geared towards meeting operational needs while at the same time building the skills and confidence of employees.