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Mar
04

BOMA Foundation donation

BOMA Foundation donation

The OGTP team is pleased to announce that CCIS is the recipient of a $30,000.00 donation from the BOMA Calgary Foundation and FRED EDWARDS

BOMA – Building Owners and Managers Association is the industry organization for commercial building owners and management companies. Many of their members have partnered with OGTP in its design and delivery of our Building Operator/5th Class Power Engineer Program. The BOMA Calgary Foundation is the charitable arm of BOMA. Fred Edwards, a Board member of BOMA Calgary Foundation, learned of the program through his work with BOMA Calgary.  As President of Western Canada for GDI Integrated Facility Services and CEO of Servpro Canada Inc., Fred saw the value of tapping into the New Canadian talent pool to help address workforce shortages in his industry as well, and decided to fund a training seat in the 2016 program.  Further inspiration to Fred’s donation resulted from the passing of Lynn Hart and Ted Trewella in 2015, both highly regarded in Calgary’s Real Estate industry.

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This $30,000.00 contribution to our program in the form of a scholarship fund will cover the cost of 2 training seats in our program. We have selected two individuals worthy of our training program who would not otherwise have qualified under our government funding guidelines.
 We look forward to introducing  to CCIS our two scholarship recipients and the rest of our Building Operator/5th Class Power Engineer trainees when the training begins at the end of this month.
 
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Oct
07

CALGARY POWER ENGINEER TRAINING CANDIDATE SELECTION

CALGARY POWER ENGINEER TRAINING CANDIDATE SELECTION

CALGARY POWER ENGINEER TRAINING CANDIDATE SELECTION

 INDUSTRY INTERVIEW DAY  –  OCT 1, 2015

On Thursday, October 1, our power engineer training program team joined forces with industry partners from Husky, Shell, CNRL, and Orion Group to interview 42 applicants shortlisted for this year’s fast tracked 4th class power engineer training program, to commence November 9.

Industry involvement in the assessment of our candidates are two crucial elements in the AIR here at OGTP. AIR – Assessment, Involvement, and Recruitment, are the three guiding principles of our training programs, and we invite our corporate partners to participate in any or all of these areas.  Assessment means interviewing the candidates we have shortlisted to help us identify the right candidates for training. Involvement can mean coming to our classroom to share knowledge about the power engineering field, or presenting the strengths and opportunities of a company, or hosting a facilities tour. Recruitment means considering our graduates as potential employees and having an early bird opportunity to interview them should a partner choose to do so.  Of course, there is never an obligation to recruit, but always the opportunity.

Feedback received from our partners who helped assess applicants last week is crucial to our understanding of how our applicants are perceived by industry. The question put to our partners during such the assessment process is: ‘if you were interviewing these candidates for a job with your company, would you consider them suitable for the power engineering field?’

Arriving at Enform’s Calgary facility at 9:00 a.m., recruiter and technical representatives from Husky Energy, Shell Canada Limited, CNRL, and Orion Group, were given an orientation to prepare for the interviewing process. Interviewing followed, with each interview taking approximately 20 minutes, and each candidate being interviewed just once. Candidates were asked to explain their backgrounds and how their existing skills would serve them in a power engineering career. They were also asked to demonstrate their understanding of the commitment the program would require, and why they want to take the training.

We are now reviewing the invaluable feedback received from our partners, and working to select the twenty candidates who will begin training November 9. We invite our partners to take in more of OGTP AIR by coming in over the 37 weeks of the program to share their knowledge and expertise with our students. If you are new to our unique program and would like to participate or simply know more about what we do, please contact Michele Veldhoen at 403 514 8327 or at mveldhoen@ccisab.ca

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Jun
26

2015 CCIS 5th Class Power Engineering Training Program Graduation

2015 CCIS 5th Class Power Engineering Training Program Graduation

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Calgary (June 26, 2015) “I am from a small city in China which has 10 million people. And only one building operator.”

These are the words spoken last night by Zi Lin, one of 19 graduates of the FIRST EVER Fast Tracked Building Operator/5th Class Power Engineer Training Program for New Canadians.  These are the new faces of Calgary’s Building Operators who keep our downtown high rises, recreational facilities, shopping malls and other commercial buildings running. When your office is too hot or cold, it is your Building Operator that takes care of it.

The graduation celebration took place yesterday afternoon at the Calgary Petroleum Club. Approximately 100 guests were in attendance to hear from Zi and his fellow graduate Obi Ugo-Okeke, talk about the dream of immigrating to Canada and the challenges they faced once they landed in Calgary. Zi was a math teacher in China but was only able to find work as a computer repairman here, while Obi, a mechanical engineer, pumped gas in minus 27 degrees. When he got here he faced many questions, “how do I get a job, how do I get this Canadian experience, and most important, how do I deal with this weather!”

Zi and Obi competed with 393 applicants for one of the 19 seats available in this INAUGURAL and unique program. After 5 months of classroom theory, hands on training in SAIT’s power lab, and 6 weeks of work experience in Calgary’s downtown high rises, 100% of the trainees wrote and passed the provincial exam for power engineers, thereby becoming licensed 5th Class Power Engineers. This remarkable achievement is the result of the graduates’ hard work and an intensive collaboration between CCIS and the commercial real estate building operations industry. This industry is dealing with a severe shortage of qualified Building Operators. Bob Khan, Director of Operations, recognized the need in the industry and worked closely with his team and government funders to lay the groundwork for the program. Industry also reached out to CCIS in order to address this shortage. Many of Calgary’s major commercial real estate owners and management companies partnered with Bob and his team in the design and delivery of the program. As Artis REIT’s Manager of Employee Potential and Relations Morgan Johnson said about the decision to bring her company on board with the training program,“the CCIS approach to bringing together industry partners, the expertise of SAIT and a highly motivated group of newcomers sounded like a winning combination”.

And indeed, the program is proving to be a spectacular success, as at least 70% of the graduates are already either employed or considering job offers.

 

The graduates received congratulations from all levels of government including Mayor Naheed Nenshi who sent a video message. Written congratulations were received from the Honourable Lori Sigurdson, Government of Alberta’s Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour. The Honourable Deepak Obhrai, Member of the Queen’s Privy Council, Member of Parliament for Calgary East, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and for International Human Rights, was in attendance to speak to the graduates and deliver congratulations from Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

CISS Oil and Gas and Power Engineer Training Programs (OGTP)

Further information on the CCIS OGTP is available on the OGTP website www.ogtp.ca or by contacting:

OGTP Media Contact Michele Veldhoen, Business Development 403-389 3656 mveldhoen@ccisab.ca

 

 

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