Terrace, B.C. jobs fair helps locals looking for work

Companies, unions and training agencies offer chances for employment

TERRACE residents flooded into the Sportsplex March 20 to look at job opportunities from an array of an employers.

The BC Jobs Starts Here exhibit featured 23 employers and job-seeking aides, including iPads to search jobs and video kiosks playing mini documentaries.

“I would say around 70 per cent of the exhibiters are hiring for northern BC,” said job fair representative Stephanie Munez.

According to Munez the north is a hotspot for jobs right now, and people who visited exhibits in the south were thinking of heading up here.

Much of the push is to train and hire locally, though, and several of the represented companies specialize in helping people get the education and training they need to stay in the general Terrace area, said Munez.

This includes Kitimat Valley Institute, which has courses to help people earn high school equivalencies as well as offering safety training and resume writing, supported by companies in Kitimat and Employment Insurance Canada.

Leona Wells was at the fair representing Northwest Community College’s First Nations access support program.

“We go into the community and recruit and work with educational coordinators within the communities,” she said.

In a similar recruitment program, Robert Mills represented the British Columbia Aboriginal Mine Training Association (BC AMTA), which provides training within aboriginal communities.

“The workforce is getting older and older in the region,” said Brian Leach of PNG, stressing the need for a trained workforce.

Echoing the spirit of local training was Hatha Callis of local Progressive Ventures Construction.

“We are looking forward to meeting local people with experience and skill who want to go through an apprenticeship-type program,” said Callis.

Lorne Fisher, the assistant business manager for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers said that his union has been active in the area since the early 1900s.

“The whole mandate is to hire local as much as possible,” Fisher said.

Most of the local hiring in the Terrace area has already been done, said Fisher, and the growing demand from industrial projects in the region will mean electricians will continue to come in from outside although locals will also have good prospects in the region.

On the other end of the spectrum were companies that offer Terrace residents positions elsewhere.

Chains like Save-On-Foods and Mr. Mike’s, and large companies like Investors Group were hiring both locally and for elsewhere around the province.


























Just Posted

Climate, reconciliation and industry top all candidates agenda in Terrace

Debate was the candidate’s last opportunity to address voters in a public forum

New curator starts at Terrace’s Heritage Park Museum

Anna Glass stepped into her new role early October

South Hazelton pellet plant on track for 2021 opening

Company predicts more nearly 100 direct and indirect local jobs will be created

City of Terrace welcomes new economic development manager

Deklan Corstanje makes the switch to city hall from RDKS

VIDEO: First all-female spacewalk team makes history

NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir did work on International Space Station’s power grid

Zantac, the over-the-counter heartburn drug, pulled in Canada, U.S.

Health Canada also investigates possible carcinogen in some ranitidine drugs

B.C. public safety minister says cannabis edibles not in stores til January

Mike Farnworth says he wants regional issues considered when it comes to licensing

Greta Thunberg calls for climate action in Alberta, but doesn’t talk oilsands

Swedish teen was met with some oil and gas industry supporters who came in a truck convoy

Scheer denies spreading ‘misinformation’ in predicting unannounced Liberal taxes

Conservative leader had claimed that a potential NDP-Liberal coalition could lead to a hike in GST

Council asks to limit cruise ship visits to Victoria harbour

Mayor says motion is not meant to curtail current visits or limit local cruise industry expansion

Chilliwack man pleads guilty in crash that killed pregnant woman

Frank Tessman charged under Motor Vehicle Act for accident that killed Kelowna school teacher

Kawhi Leonard, former Toronto Raptor, welcomed back to Vancouver at pre-season game

Fans go wild at pre-season game between L.A. Clippers and Dallas Mavericks at Rogers Arena

Greens and NDP go head to head on West Coast; Scheer takes fight to Bernier

Trudeau turns focus to key ridings outside Toronto after two days in Quebec

Most Read