Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Northern School districts invited to attend LNG conference in Vancouver this May

With LNG development one of the main discussion points in Northern BC communities of late, the province of British Columbia is offering to help cover off travel costs for students from Northern BC School Districts to attend an LNG conference in Vancouver this May.

On Monday, the Province released some background on the upcoming Liquefied Natural Gas in B. C. Conference to be held in Vancouver from May 21st to 23rd.

Highlighting, the nature of the Youth Experience program to be held as part of the conference, which will be a half day program for students from Grades 10 to 12.

Those that attend will learn more about the LNG industry and the jobs that will be available in the province as the industry is further developed.

Students will gain hands-on experience by way of heavy equipment and welding simulators at the conference site.

Discover some of the career paths that may reflect their skills and interest through the use of a Work BC program.

And gain access to a number of post-secondary institutions to learn more about what programs they may have to offer related to the LNG industry.

With the cost of travel from Northern BC to Vancouver an expensive proposition, the province is offering to provide up to $400 dollars per student, to help offset travel costs to the Vancouver conference.

School District officials and principals can review the full registration form from the LNG conference site (here).

Contact information regarding the conference can be found at the bottom of the registration form.

One stumbling block for much in the way of Northern BC participation however, may be the delegate cost to attend, which according to the registration page, is pegged at 1680 dollars for a full delegate pass.

Perhaps the Government might be inclined to consider a scaled down touring version of their conference, taking the message to the collection of communities across Northern BC that will be finding the industry on their doorstep in the years to come.

We imagine the turn out and interest level from Northern BC might be a little more economically feasible, than what the trip to Vancouver (travel rebate or not) might provide for.

For those that may make the trip south however, further background on the conference can be found here.

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