Government of British Columbia

Government of British Columbia

March 18, 2009 15:00 ET

Government of British Columbia: Career Development Initiatives Offered for Oil and Gas

FORT ST. JOHN, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 18, 2009) -



For Immediate Release


March 18, 2009

Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources


FORT ST. JOHN - Two Labour Market Agreement (LMA) job development initiatives, Petroleum Field Services Entrepreneur Training and Profession Driver Training for Women, will provide training for workers in the oil and gas industry, announced Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Blair Lekstrom. Funding for the partnerships is provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada-B.C. Labour Market Agreement.

"Through these career development initiatives we are investing in job training opportunities that will ensure people have the necessary skills to obtain employment in the oil and gas sector," said Lekstrom. "The Province, in partnership with Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, is proud to be able to help hard-working British Columbians develop the skills they need to create and find good jobs and provide for their families."

The Petroleum Field Services Entrepreneur Training is a petroleum industry specific business training program that will provide potential entrepreneurs with the skills to start their own business providing goods or services to oil, gas or pipeline companies operating in British Columbia.

The Professional Driver Training for Women program is a pilot training program that will tap into a non-traditional oil and gas industry labour source. Upon completion, participants will receive their Class 1 Driver's licence with air brake endorsement, safety skills and certifications required by the industry and sufficient number of driving hours required to work as a professional driver.

"These initiatives will go a long way to help British Columbians get the skills they need to fully participate in the workforce," said Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. "Through our Labour Market Agreement with B.C., and new projects like these, we are delivering on our commitment to help British Columbians get the skills and training they need to find and keep good jobs."

The B.C. government, working with academic, industry and other partners, is enabling British Columbians to gain the skills needed to successfully participate in the provincial labour market, and respond positively to changing workplace demands.

Under the LMA, each year for the next six years, the Government of Canada will provide approximately $66 million to the Province. Through a variety of programs, these funds will increase training for employed individuals who are low-skilled and require essential skills, or who require recognized credentials to reach their full potential in the current marketplace. They will also help increase access to training for unemployed individuals who are not currently Employment Insurance (EI) clients including but not limited to those who are underrepresented in the labour market.

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Contact Information

  • Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
    Jake Jacobs
    Public Affairs Officer
    (250) 952-0628 or Cell: (250) 213-6934