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You’d think a career with a utility would be "yawn, so boring". A bunch of 15 year olds now disagree.

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by Amy Bunton
December 20, 2016

Education


On November 2, we hosted 39 grade nine students as part of the annual take your kids to work day. The students, all children of employees, spent the day learning about what it means to work at FortisBC and that working at a utility is more exciting than they thought!

Throughout the event, the students participated in safety in the workplace activities; interview preparation and some even watched a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) demo. One student told us the demo was her favorite part. She had heard her mom talk about LNG but didn’t know exactly what it was, so getting to see firsthand what it looks like and what it’s used for was very insightful.

Another big highlight of the day was the career profiles section. Employees from across the company spoke to the students about different areas of the business, including engineering, accounts payable, community relations and procurement, explaining the importance of how all these roles work together in the organization. Jo Hunton-Sehdev from Community Relations said, “during our presentations, the kids asked some really good and tough questions, particularly around the environment and protecting it. This was a good opportunity to talk to them about natural gas conservation initiatives and highlight that we are always looking for clean innovative energy solutions like the renewable natural gas program.”

The day ended with pizza and the students getting to shadow their parents in their jobs. Many of them had some understanding of what their mom or dad did beforehand, but this session offered good insight and that their parents work hard to pay for all those smart phones were dinging and ringing throughout the day.

Thanks to all the employees that brought in their children and friends to spend the day getting to know a little more about FortisBC. We are looking forward to participating again next year, on November 1, 2017!


Grade 9 students watch a liquefied natural gas (LNG) safety demonstration.