Aboriginals key to tackling labour shortageBut concerns about skills, education, experience among challenges: ReportsBy Amanda Silliker11/05/2012|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. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.