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The second annual N’deh Limited Partnership Career Fair is right around the corner!
The popular event will be held at the N’deh office in Bushe River from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 21.
The Career Fair is a chance for local businesses to promote job openings and future opportunities for local residents.
With a focus this year on both careers and information about the Oil and Gas sector, a number of experts have been invited who will be able to speak on issues and opportunities within the industry. These include the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission, the Alberta Energy Regulator, Indian Oil and Gas Canada, and a number of specialists involved specifically in pipeline development, maintenance, and operation.
Randy Danais, Manager for the Oil and Gas Division with N’deh Limited Partnership, said there is not a lot of information available surrounding pipeline development and maintenance.
“Nobody ever has open houses where they explain in detail how you look after a pipeline,” he said. “So we brought in specialists, and if anyone has questions they can be answered.”
There are also safety issues in the industry that can be addressed by experts.
“It’s important for people to realize that a pipeline is not just buried and then forgotten about,” said Danais. There are safety mechanisms and emergency plans which are updated regularly. And there will be information on pursuing a career in oil and gas from people who did it themselves.”
There are also non-traditional roles available in the sector, such as reclamation efforts once development ceases.
Ultimately, the goal is to strengthen the local economy and provide opportunities for local jobs.
“We have enough people in the area that we can do the work,” he said. “A lot of these big companies bring in outside service all the time, and that money doesn’t stay here. We’re trying to keep everything at home.”
Everyone is welcome to the event, which will feature sandwiches, hot dogs, and refreshments, as well as door prizes from some of the businesses involved.
“It’s not just for our community,” Danais said. “It’s for the entire north. We’re trying to get everybody to work together so everything stays up here. We’re trying to get everyone to help each other out. There are a lot of opportunities out there being missed, and we need to work together to keep everyone working so it doesn’t all go to outside services.
“We all have to do our part.”