Trent Ernst, Editor
According to BC Hydro, more than 360 people showed up to the Site C Job Fair held here in Tumbler Ridge on Tuesday, February 16.
While that’s a good turnout, it pales to the over 500 people who showed up in Chetwynd the next day, or the more than 1000 in Dawson Creek and nearly 1500 that showed up in Fort St John. All together, 3387 attended the four job fairs.
In addition, 34 companies were represented at a business to business session later in the afternoon.
“We were told to expect to see 200,” says Jim Schilling of Peace River Hydro Partners.
Schilling was on-hand taking resumes at the event on Tuesday. “The goal for us today is to get in front of folks,” says Schilling. “To introduce ourselves. We are a new company. There’s going to be a lot of job opportunities, and we’re trying to get our inventory of resumes.”
The company, says Schilling, will be hiring 1500 folks over the course of the contract, but not all of those will be hired in the next few months, or even the next few years. “We’re not even on site ourselves yet. It’s a big project over eight years. We’re hoping to be on site in the next couple of months. We have equipment coming, but it’s not here yet. We’ll be hiring over the whole duration of the project, but we expect to start hiring in the next few months.”
In the first year, the company is expecting to have about 600 people on the ground and working. “The construction has various phases. In year two or three, it should start to expand dramatically, and we should be hiring an additional 1000 people.”
While they are collecting resumes now, Schilling says folks need to keep on top of job opportunities at www.sitecproject.com.