Muskrat Falls, site of Nalcor Energy’s proposed hydro dam build, as seen looking upstream, in the direction of Churchill Falls. — Photo by Ashley Fitzpatrick/The Telegram
For anyone interested in working on the Muskrat Falls project, Nalcor Energy now has a website where you can add your name on the list of potential workers.
The list compiled through the site will be used by contractors who, once the project is sanctioned, will be pressed to hire Labradorians and Newfoundlanders before looking outside the province for workers.
The website is: www.muskratfallsjobs.com
It’s start up was announced during a Labrador North Chamber of Commerce event in Happy Valley-Goose Bay this morning.
Both provincial minister responsible for Labrador Affairs, Nick McGrath, and Nalcor Energy vice-president Gilbert Bennett were at the event.
“The new website will ensure residents can access employment information for the project, while at the same time providing contractors with access to the qualified people needed to move the project forward as quickly as possible following a sanction decision by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador,” Bennett has stated.
The idea of creating a database of workers from online submissions is not new for the province. For example, the Hebron project team has already been active online, seeking skilled tradespeople through: www.bullarmtrades.com.
The Muskrat Falls project is expected to create an average 1,500 jobs a year during its construction, with about 3,300 people working on the project at peak construction.
According to a statement released this morning by Nalcor, while more than 70 trades are to be employed on the project, “the majority of positions will include general labourers, carpenters, iron workers (rebar), truck drivers, surveyors, operating engineers and heavy equipment mechanics.”
Nalcor has stated competitive wages will be offered.
“To attract highly skilled, qualified individuals throughout construction of Muskrat Falls, Nalcor will offer competitive wages, quality accommodations at the site, travel and transportation, and accessible training,” the Crown corporation has stated.