Fast-track program launched for Alberta power engineers

Training skilled immigrants for ‘most in-demand occupation’ in oilsands
By Amanda Silliker
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/25/2013

Energy services company Tervita is always looking for new avenues to fill its talent pipeline. For the past few years, it has partnered with the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS)’s Oil and Gas Training Programs to hire skilled immigrants who are graduating from the fast-tracked drilling and service rig programs.

“We really need to increase the supply, so one natural place to look would be new immigrants,” said Mike Williams, vice-president of corporate services at 3,400-employee Tervita in Calgary.

“Anything that is happening to help equip new people into Canada with the skills and knowledge we need as an employer is going to help alleviate the problem.”