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Ovintiv Donates $20,000 to Fox Creek School for Pre-Employment Training for Students

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February 19, 2020 at 1:00 pm - Home, Local News
By Erika Chorostil

Students at Fox Creek School will have the opportunity to get pre-employment training for industry jobs thanks to a sponsor donation from an area oil and gas leader.

Ovintiv, in partnership with Northern Gateway Public Schools, has donated $20,000 to the Fox Creek School to support pre-employment training programs for students.

Grade 11 and 12 students will get industry standard safety training that is required by local Oil and Gas and Forestry related companies, in courses including WHMIS, H2S Alive, Confined Space, First Aid, Transportation of Dangerous Goods, Fire Safety, Ground Disturbance, Fall Prevention, and Flagging and Ladder Safety, at no cost to the students.

This will be an opportunity for students to acquire significant training and the skills they need to enter the local labour market after high school, as many Fox Creek employers are looking for staff who have their First Aid certification, Industrial Safety Training and a valid Class 5 Drivers License.

Certified trainers from the Canadian Red Cross and Heart and Stroke Alberta will provide the First Aid training and certification.

Kevin Andrea, Superintendent of Northern Gateway Public Schools, shared that the “Division has recognized this need and implemented a variety of off-campus and dual credit programs to help meet labour market needs and support students who are looking to enter the workforce following graduation. As part of this strategy, we developed a comprehensive pre-employment program, but until now, were lacking the corporate sponsorship necessary to make this important training available to all students who wish to acquire these skills.”

Fox Creek School Principal, Ian Baxter, thanked Ovintiv for their support, saying, “Our school has worked closely with Ovintiv and other local companies to help provide students with workplace experiences and training to meet local demands. This partnership will provide the resources needed to grow our student participation in the local job market.”

Grade 8, 9 and 10 students meanwhile will have an opportunity to take a course that prepares them to successfully complete their Learners Permit exam, in preparation for Drivers Training and working towards their Class 5 License.

Tyson Pylypiw, Manager, Road/Lease, Community & Indigenous Relations with Ovintiv commented, “We are proud to partner with Northern Gateway Public Schools to help fund pre-employment training and skill development programs. Education is one of our core areas of focus. Supporting programs like workforce training helps us participate in the development of local talent and contribute to the long-term sustainability of the communities where we live and work.”

 

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