Skills training in the oil and gas sectors gets boost at NLC

VICTORIA – As B.C. prepares for thousands of jobs in the oil and gas sector the B.C. government is providing Northern Lights College (NLC) with $200,000 as it gears up to provide British Columbians the training they need to get a good paycheque in their back pocket.

"What we're seeing at Northern Lights College is a great example of creativity and flexibility in our public post-secondary system," said Amrik Virk, Minister of Advanced Education. "Our government has asked post-secondary institutions to make sure they are providing the training British Columbians need and NLC's Centre of Training Excellence is doing just that."

Over the next seven years, in liquefied natural gas alone, there will be more than 60,000 jobs at peak construction. Another 21,000 jobs will be directly involved in the building of LNG export facilities and associated pipelines expected to occur in 2016-2017. And 41,900 jobs will be created in the industries that supply goods and services during the construction phase at its peak plus over 75,000 jobs once the LNG projects are fully operational.

The Ministry of Advanced Education is providing $125,000 to support Northern Lights as it moves forward with its Centre of Training Excellence in Oil and Gas. The idea behind the centre, which is based at the Jim Kassen Industry Training Centre at the Fort St. John Campus, is to coordinate oil and gas training at post-secondary institutions throughout B.C.

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