Northerners Finding Jobs in Oilsands

Monday, September 27, 2004 at 14:26



A project designed to connect northerners with jobs in northern Alberta’s oilsands has already surpassed last year’s job placement numbers.


Last year, the Bridges to Employment project helped find employment for 33 people from northern Saskatchewan in and around Fort McMurray. Ten of those positions are full-time.


This year, the project has successfully referred 45 northerners to firms and contractors in northern Alberta.


Project manager Gerry Stroshein says a lot of those northern residents seem content with seasonal work.


Stroshein says those positions are mainly construction labourer or equipment operator jobs.


And, Stroshein says there’s likely more northerners on their way to Alberta to fill camp services positions at a plant construction site at Long Lake.


Stroshein says his group has over 300 resumes on file for referral.


He also says the Northeastern Alberta Aboriginal Business Association has been a strong advocate for northerners looking to enter the oilsands workforce.