FORT ST. JOHN – CLAC’s virtual classroom training system (VCTS) provided training to 10 youth from the Saulteau First Nations in northern British Columbia through the Construction Craft Worker program, as part of an innovative and exciting training to employment opportunity. The students completed the program in early December and will now be employed with PRHP on the Site C Clean Energy Project.
“Training to employment programs are successful because of positive working relationships with all partners involved,” says Larry Richardson CLAC’s BC Training director. “Working with the Saulteau First Nation, PRHP, Thompson Rivers University, and the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training has been incredibly rewarding and I’m grateful for everyone’s contributions to the program.”
CLAC’s VCTS allows students to connect with some of BC’s top instructors, ensuring that the training they receive is of the highest standards. It removes barriers for learners in all regions of the province, allowing students to remain in their community, cut the costs of travelling for schooling, and maintain key support structures.
As the main civil works contractor on the Site C Clean Energy Project, creating local jobs is a priority for PRHP. At the peak of construction in 2018 they will employ over 1,500 workers on the project, the majority of them British Columbians.
“Creating local jobs, building capacity for future employment and providing training opportunities are core values of PRHP when it comes to employment and job creation on this project,” says PRHP Director of Human Resources, Ardith Brule. “The training to employment program with CLAC hits all those values.”
“Congratulations to the 10 Saulteau First Nations’ members who have completed the Construction Craft Worker Level 1 program. We’re very pleased that the graduates will have the opportunity to work as apprentices on the Site C project,” says BC Hydro president and CEO, Jessica McDonald. “BC Hydro would like to commend Saulteau First Nations, CLAC, the Industry Training Authority and Peace River Hydro Partners, our main civil works contractor, for working together to develop a successful and innovative approach to providing meaningful skills training-to-employment opportunities for Aboriginal communities.”
CLAC is the union representing PRHP construction workers on the Site C Clean Energy Project.