Kakivik’s Radiation Safety Officer, David Torres, held a 40-hour training on radiation safety last month for 13 new applicants and five experienced Kakivik technicians obtaining their five-year renewal certification. Of the 13 new applicants, ten were BBNC Shareholders – a record number of trainees for the company. Experienced technicians were paired with two new applicants over a five day period to share their knowledge in a small team format.
“Bringing in new trainees helps keep our applicant pool up-to-date on all applicable training, so they can hit the ground running when a position opens up. Plus, our experienced guys are able to provide their input to help train the next generation of workers for success on the North Slope,” said Torres.
While the training class is not new, it does mark the beginning of a broader initiative that has been in the works for some time. “This will be an ongoing partnership between BBNC and Kakivik. We are utilizing a STEP grant [from the state], so several other classes will be coming up. The intent is to get BBNC shareholders trained for future NDT positions,” said Jeannette LeClair, BBI shareholder development specialist.
STEP, or the State Training and Employment Program, is administered by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Division of Employment and Training Services. “STEP fosters economic growth by preparing Alaskans with competitive, employable skills. The program benefits existing companies and attracts new businesses to Alaska by preparing a local workforce skilled in traditional, new, or emerging fields,” according the state website.