First Nations underused: Poll

Lack of qualified candidates biggest obstacle cited by HR
By Amanda Silliker
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/25/2011

Aquatera Utilities in Grande Prairie, Alta., works with a local college to provide work experience for First Nations students. Individuals who have completed an Aboriginal workforce preparation course work at Aquatera for 16 weeks to gain on-the-job experience.

“It’s intended to take folks who haven’t got the necessary skills or abilities to get themselves into the workplace and provide them with the background work they need to have — safety programs, employment readiness kinds of things,” said Wendy Gregg, HR manager at the 122-employee organization.

And many participants are hired for a longer term, she said.