LNG group forecasts thousands of B.C. construction jobs
The B.C. LNG Alliance (BCLNGA) is forecasting a jobs bonanza for the British Columbia construction industry if one of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects that has been proposed for B.C. gets the green light from its proponents.
British Columbia’s Premier, Christy Clark, has announced CAN$375 028 for the College of New Caledonia (CNC), to purchase new trades training equipment to support students studying fields that are critical to the LNG industry.
Federal funding announcement to help Alberta women in skilled trades
Government and industry put money behind their message that Canada needs more skilled tradespeople with the announcement of $1 million-plus investment for Women Building Futures (WBF) — a program that provides skilled labour training to women for the construction industry.
Take technical training and education back to a polytechnic future
When Levi Hinderlider was hired right out of high school as one of only four leadership development trainees at Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing, it confirmed that his Brownstown Central High School teacher had prepared him with the skills to succeed in an advanced manufacturing career.
President Obama's 'free' community college program comes at a high price but would do little: opinion
All across America we are facing a serious issue: the skills gap. Despite major increases in college enrollment over the last decade, most employers still report a talent shortage for many high-skill jobs.
Economists predicting layoffs in Alberta's oilsands as oil prices plunge
Economists are predicting layoffs and production clawbacks in Alberta's oilsands as oil prices plunged further on Monday with U.S. benchmark crude trading below $46 per barrel for the first time in six years.
Falling oil prices and job losses could be good for recruiters
Falling oil prices and consequent job losses in the oil & gas sector could lead to a “glut” of highly qualified workers becoming available, which might be good news for recruiters struggling to fill certain roles.
Oregon Nurtures Female Construction Workers More Than Other States
A new report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and Jobs for the Future highlights Oregon’s efforts to improve gender diversity in the highway construction trades while noting that few other states use federal dollars to attract and prepare more women for careers in the heavy highway construction workforce.
With oil trading below US$60, provinces brace for impact of global oil price shock
When provincial finance ministers meet Monday with their federal counterpart, routine gripes over equalization payments and pension reform will be pushed back by a much bigger concern — plunging global oil prices and the impact on Canada, particularly in the oil patch. READ MORE!!
STEM postdoc researchers are highly trained, but for what?
The STEM fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics supposedly suffer from a shortage of graduates. Conventional wisdom says there’s no one for employers to hire for science and engineering jobs. READ MORE!!
Canada rail safety jobs vacant as budget cuts bite
Budget cuts have left safety-related engineering positions vacant in the Canadian agency responsible for overseeing shipments of dangerous goods, government records show, fuelling worries about trains moving oil across the country.
Welders Earning $100 an Hour Hindering U.S. Chemical Boom
John Floren’s plans to dismantle two petrochemical plants in Chile and rebuild them in Louisiana didn’t include paying welders and pipe fitters more than $100 a hour, almost 20 percent more than expected.
Global oil prices slide, rout undeterred by U.S. jobs data
Global oil prices slid further on Friday, with Brent on track for the first weekly close below $70 a barrel since 2010, as strong U.S. employment data did little to lift the oil market's bearish mood a day after Saudi Arabia cut official selling prices. READ MORE!!
Construction unemployment moving closer to pre-meltdown rates
Here’s some good employment news for one of the recession’s hardest hit groups: The jobless rate for construction workers is getting closer to pre-meltdown levels, according to government data released Friday.
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