Aboriginals key to tackling labour shortage

But concerns about skills, education, experience among challenges: Reports
By Amanda Silliker
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/06/2012

Each year, five Aboriginal workers participate in a four-year apprenticeship program at Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries (Al-Pac) in Boyle, Alta. The company works with the local Aboriginal community to specifically target workers who may be interested in apprenticeships for millwrights, pipefitters, electrical or heavy- duty technicians or power engineers, said Mike Pelletier, HR business unit leader.

Getting more Aboriginal people into the workforce is important — even if it’s not at Al-Pac, he said.

“Some will come and get two years, for instance, and they may go elsewhere and finish off their apprenticeship somewhere else. That, for us, is still a success because we’ve introduced them to the field and trade and if they decide to move elsewhere, that’s great,” said Pelletier.