Today, the City of New Orleans announced a special oil spill job training session put on by BP in eastern New Orleans that will be held, well, today.
On Friday, BP representative Hugh Depland arranged for a training session catering to the Vietnamese community, to be held at the Mary Queen of Vietnam church, at the request of the church’s pastor, the Rev. Vien Nguyen. The time, place and date would be announced later, Depland said.That announcement, at least from the city, came only hours before the 2 p.m. session held at the Mary Queen of Vietnam School. Members of the community got a bit more notice. Word reached the Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corporation Monday about 4 p.m., said John Nguyen, a community organizer in the area. Still, he said, that was barely enough notice for many of the far-flung fisherman who made the trek in Friday.
On Friday, Depland told the gathering, “I don’t care where you live or where you fish out of, we will provide you training,” and the city’s announcement also states that “all interested parties are encouraged to attend.”
But with such short notice many might have missed out. The city also announced two more sessions Wednesdayin Slidell..
The city makes clear in its announcement that the training sessions may not actually lead to jobs.
“It is important to remember that the completion of this course and a signed contractual agreement does not guarantee your vessel will be used in oil spill operations,” reads the media advisory.
Depland told the Vietnamese community Friday that BP has “a lot more people volunteering for work than they have jobs.”