CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 21, 2013) - The Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (CAODC) commends Finance Minister Jim Flaherty for giving skilled trades top billing when releasing the federal government's 2013 budget.
CAODC president, Mark Scholz, states, "CAODC members welcome the federal government's choice to promote the trades in its Economic Action Plan 2013."
The drilling industry's Rig Technician trade is standardized across provinces - a feature that the 2013 budget aims to encourage in more trades. But employers in the industry have been challenged in attracting under-represented groups such as aboriginals and newcomers. CAODC is supportive of the $241 million investment to help First Nation youth across Canada access skills and training they need to participate in the industry.
Says Scholz, "The budget offers some good bridging opportunities between jobseekers and industry. We support the reallocation of $19 million over the next two years to inform young people about the trade opportunities within the drilling and service rig industry. This is an important demographic to educate and attract into the industry as our labour demands continue to grow."
CAODC is the unified voice of the Canadian drilling and service rig industry, promoting safer and more efficient operations through communication and advocacy and needed products and services. CAODC is committed to promoting a culture of safety excellence in the industry, acting in the best interests of its member companies, their employees and the industry as a whole and continuing a strong tradition of leadership and cooperation.