Funding helps connect people to careers in the natural resources sector


Up to 120 eligible individuals will receive training to prepare them for employment in the fields of wildfires and integrated natural resources in five regions of the province.

This new provincial community and employer partnership project focuses on training youth, youth at risk, immigrants, Aboriginal people and those facing barriers to employment.

“We are investing in natural resource sector training programs to help people access rewarding employment opportunities that can lead them to a bright future,” said Nicholas Simons, Minister of Social Development and Disaster Reduction. poverty. “Participants who complete this training program will be able to build long-term careers, from fighting wildfires to environmental monitoring.”

Province awards more than $4 million to Stillwater Consulting Ltd. for carrying out two parts of its Wildfire and Integrated Natural Resources program in Nanaimo, Langley, Cranbrook, Kamloops and Prince George.

Participants will receive 17 weeks of employability and job skills training, three weeks of work experience with local employers, and four weeks of follow-up support to help them with their job search.

“We are committed to creating a strong and sustainable forest sector that provides good jobs to support families for today and for generations to come,” said Katrine Conroy, Minister of Forests. “Investing in these programs is creating inclusive employment opportunities in the natural resources sector. This will provide the skills and training needed for jobs to strengthen our forests, protect communities and increase preparedness for climate change.

Andrew Mercier, Parliamentary Secretary for Skills Training, said, “Through this program, more people will gain the skills and experience needed to fill the number of job vacancies in Colombia’s growing natural resources sector. British. This program aligns with our Future Ready Plan, which makes it easier and more affordable for British Columbians to gain the skills, knowledge and connections to the workforce they need to succeed in an economy evolving.

The first full-time group in-class learning intake began October 24, 2022 for Cranbrook, Nanaimo and Prince George, and begins Monday, November 7 for Kamloops and Langley. Second admissions begin in March 2023 for Cranbrook, Nanaimo, Prince George, Kamloops and Langley. Anyone interested in learning more about this project or other CEP projects should contact their local WorkBC center.

“I got the job! All I can say is thank you for teaching me everything I needed to know to get this job, and what a fantastic experience to be part of. (this) class,” said Cullan, a graduate of Stillwater Consulting’s Wildland Firefighting and Silviculture training program in 2021.

This announcement is part of StrongerBC’s Future Ready plan. Future Ready makes education and training more accessible, affordable and relevant to help businesses grow and prepare British Columbians for the jobs of tomorrow.

Fast facts:

  • Funding for this project is provided through WorkBC’s Labor Market Training Stream focused on WorkBC’s Community and Employer Partnerships (CEP) projects.
  • CEP investments are targeted to projects that support an inclusive economic recovery.
  • CEP projects support the training and work experience of BC job seekers and help businesses and communities meet labor market challenges.
  • Through CEP, Province Invests $15 Million a Year in Communities Across British Columbia

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