CEPA member prepares Indigenous women for pipeline construction jobs

CEPA members embrace the opportunity to work closely with Indigenous Peoples and their communities. So, when the NEB gave the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP) the green light in November, 2016, Kinder Morgan already had a plan in place to meet the Board’s conditions to provide training for local, regional and Indigenous people. This not only included men, but women as well.

To make it happen, TMEP connected with Women Building Futures (WBF). The Alberta organization, which prepares women for jobs in industries where they have been historically under-represented, was the perfect partner – it has a remarkable employment rate of 90 per cent for those who complete training.

WBF came on to help recruit, assess and train Indigenous women in the pipeline construction field. Together with Kinder Morgan, the organization created an eight-week program to train 24 Indigenous women in two sessions; one was offered in July, and the second will be in February, 2018.

It kicked off with a five-day session to identify candidates for the program. Forty-three Indigenous women attended sessions in Stony Plain, Edmonton, Wetaskiwin and Hinton, all in Alberta.

Once trained, the program participants will be ready to take on construction jobs on the Trans Mountain Project, or on other projects; and TMEP will give the women priority in the hiring process.

The twinning of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline begins this fall and continues into late 2019. By that time, TMEP will have trained about 800 people to be eligible for work on the project.

It’s just one example of the many ways CEPA members engage with and support communities. Learn more about how CEPA members help keep the economy strong in our 2017 Transmission Pipeline Industry Performance Report.