Over $1 million invested in oil rig training

As well, Shell Canada will be investing an additional $100,000.

President and CEO of NLC Laurie Rancourt commented, "As we strive to continue meeting the skills training needs of northeastern B.C., and specifically of the oil and gas industry, this level of collaboration and multi-partnered approach will continue to be one of the key drivers of our success."

The triple cantilever rig, donated by Nabors Canada, will serve as a hands-on training site, where students will use actual field equipment, simulating a very accurate oil rig experience. Murray Slezak from Shell Canada argues that this facility will help workers get training without having to travel significant distances.

"We believe that the individuals that are trained in the north, will want to stay in the north, thus increasing local employment and career opportunities for northeastern B.C. residents.

The simulated well site will be the only one of its kind in the province, with Alberta holding the only other site similar to this one.