CH2M Hill Completes Second Year of Successful Recruiting ProgramCH2M Hill recently completed the second year of a successful recruiting and
training program promoting career advancement in Southwest Alaska with a
General Maintenance Technician (GMT) training course. All 18 graduates from
a class held in April now have jobs with CH2M Hill. The graduates are all
from Southwest Alaska including Lake Iliamna, King Salmon, Naknek, Port
Heiden, Sand Point, Port Lions and Kodiak.
The program, a partnership of CH2M Hill, the Alaska Department of Labor and
Workforce Development and the Southwest Alaska Vocational and Education
Center, is a three-week intensive boot camp.
"The program leads to nationally and industry recognized work-based
certifications," Labor Commissioner Click Bishop said. "It also helps us
increase the Alaska hire rate."
The program was expanded to include Alaskans who are transitioning from
active service to civilian life, Alaska Guard members or veterans. Training
was at the Southwest Alaska Vocational and Education Center in King Salmon,
June 8-26. This class boasted 19 graduates and is currently in the hiring
process, with some members already placed and others awaiting bed space to
begin work on the North Slope.
"CH2M Hill is developing a partnership with the armed services to not only
show our great appreciation for those who have served our country but also
to draw from the military's talent base," said Trevor O'Hara, CH2M Hill's
The program is an effective combination of jobsite knowledge, life skills
and technical skills to prepare the student for employment. Students learn
safety, construction math, and other basic skills before training and
mentoring by CH2M Hill instructors from its North Slope jobsite. On
average, an entry level GMT earns $50,000 to $80,000 annually.
Last year in two such training programs, CH2M Hill graduated 32 Alaskans and
hired 31 for work in the company's North Slope job site.
Posted: August 12, 2009
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