Skills Training for Resource Workers

IPCBC News Release, Mar. 5, 2010: WILLIAMS LAKE—Are you looking for job opportunities? Out-of-work resource workers in communities across BC can develop new, valuable skills with a seven-day Invasive Plant Training Program starting this April.

The Invasive Plant Council of British Columbia (IPCBC), through funding from the Community Development Trust, will roll out year two of its training programs in Williams Lake, Kamloops, Nanaimo, Cranbrook, Nelson, and Terrace, along with four other communities in BC.

“The Job Opportunities Program is one of three Community Development Trust funding streams designed to support displaced resource workers and forest-dependent communities,” said Minister of Community and Rural Development Bill Bennett. “Training programs like this help provide resource workers with new opportunities for employment and demonstrate the Province's commitment to stabilizing local economies affected by the economic downturn.”

This seven-day training program will provide out-of-work resource workers with a chance to develop new skills, in a field that is short on experienced workers. Through field and classroom components, participants will learn about invasive plant identification, inventory skills, monitoring techniques, and herbicide application methods. Participants will also have the opportunity to write a pesticide applicator exam. 

“The Invasive Plant Council of BC is thrilled to work in alliance, for the second year, with the provincial government and regional invasive plant committees to build up the valuable training for tracking and control of invasive plants in British Columbia,” said IPCBC chair, Kristy Palmantier. “By assisting forestry workers to diversity their skills, we are trying to do our part to stem the growth of unemployment to the rural families and communities of BC.”

To be eligible, applicants should be underemployed, physically fit, have previous experience working in a resource field (silviculture, planting, ranching, etc), and be seeking new employment opportunities. They should be available to attend seven days of training.

Registration is $50, and pre-registration is required. Participants will receive a Training Certificate upon successful program completion, and may be eligible for continuing education credits.

At the end of training, participants will have a set of skills that will be highly valued by invasive plant managers. Potential employers include: federal and provincial government ministries; regional districts and municipalities; regional invasive plant committees; forest companies; utility companies; consultants; conservation agencies, and private landowners.

A one-day refresher course will also be offered for participants who attended training in 2009, or for individuals with a background in invasive plant management.  

The Invasive Plant Training Program is part of the provincial government's commitment to help resource workers, specifically in resource-based communities, retrain and find jobs. The provincial government of BC recognizes the importance and need to improve the environmental infrastructure of BC by reducing the negative impacts associated with the silent spread of unwanted invasive plants.

For more information, or to sign up, please see, or contact 1-888-WEEDSBC or 1-250-392-1400.

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The IPCBC is a grassroots, non-profit society working collaboratively to build cooperation and coordination of invasive plant management in BC. Workshops, activities, and events educate the public and professionals about invasive plants and their potential risks. Events like this training program will continue to assist the IPCBC in “spreading the word, not the weed” through outreach and education; thus minimizing the establishment of invasive plants.
The IPCBC has grown rapidly since its inception in 2004. Initiated and mentored under the vision of the Fraser Basin Council, the Invasive Plant Council of BC is recognized across the country for its leadership in building collaboration to the challenging and exploding problem of invasive plants. 
For more information, contact the Invasive Plant Council of BC (IPCBC): <> • (250) 392-1400 •

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