“Northern Lights College is an innovative educational leader,” writes college president Nick Rubidge. “The co-operation, collaboration and input of industry have created an outstanding training venue.”The money is to be spent in the college’s B.C. Centre of Training Excellence in Oil and Gas, which is a hub for shared oil and gas expertise including curriculum development, program promotion and co-ordinated training opportunities.“Preparing students to enter the oil and gas industry with high-quality training supports the needs of industry and our provincial economy,” writes Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson. “The centre continues to provide regional education opportunities that benefit an economy that is diverse, strong and growing.”- Advertisement -The purpose of the center, according to a provincial release, is to align education and training with in-demand occupations that are critical to the oil and gas and other industries – similar to B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint.“The oil and gas sector in B.C. is poised for growth – much of it in the north,” writes Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training Minister and Minister Responsible for Labour Shirley Bond. “Through the Skills for Jobs Blueprint, government is working closely with industry and labour ensuring to deliver training and apprentices to meet labour force demands.”Minister Bond adds, “With a million jobs openings projected in B.C. by 2022 driven by retirements and a growing economy, we ensure British Columbians have the right skills to find their fit in our diverse and growing economy.”Advertisement The B.C. Centre of Training Excellence in Oil and Gas was announced in November of 2012, and is most recently developing a Working in Natural Gas program that is being delivered throughout the province.
0Shares0000Zoo FC head coach was named the Fidelity Insurance/SJAK Coach of the Month for April. Photo/SJAKNAIROBI, Kenya, May 22 – Zoo FC tactician Sammy Okoth was on Tuesday named the Fidelity Insurance Coach of the Month Award for April.Okoth won a unanimous vote having garnered most points in Kenyan Premier League in April. He guided the Kericho based outfit to victories over Posta Rangers, Tusker and Kakamega Homeboy. Zoo also got points from AFC Leopards with whom they drew 2-2 and Bandari fc. The club’s only blemish in April was a loss to newbies Wazito.The fine run in April helped the club climb out of relegation abbys into safety zone and has the team which is only playing it’s second season in top flight dreaming of a top ten finish.Despite their monetary challenges Zoo gave a good account of themselves and Okoth believes his charges are capable of playing better should conditions improve at the Green stadium.“We really started badly this season but somewhere along the way the player players stepped up we moved out of danger. I never imagined that such a performance could be rewarded as everything we did was for the team to get to a better position, without the award in mind,” Okoth said after the ceremony“I’ve never won an award before in my life despite being in football for many years. I’m therefore very excited to get this award. I hope this will motivate the team to continue playing with passion so that we achieve our season target which is a top ten finish,” he added.The players, led by prolific duo of Mike Madoya and Nicholas Kipkirui hailed their coach and tipped the team to see greater success with him in charge.“I’m so happy that the coach has won this award because of how he has been good to us. He’s seen us through a lot to an extent that he’s a father figure to me and several other players in the team. The belief he gives us keeps the team strong and I’m happy he has been recognized,” Madoya said.Kipkirui also spoke highly of his coach, attributing his national team call up to greet guidance from the coach.“The coach has been a great leader and mentor to the team and me in particular. The skills and confidence that has seen me perform well and earn national team call up were all imparted by the coach. I’m glad to have him with me and hope we can achieve a lot more together,” Kipkirui noted.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)