Construction boot camp teaches essential skills to Aboriginal Peoples

Partnership program in British Columbia leads to variety of clean energy sector jobs
By Linden Pinay
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/02/2013

When employers go into remote and isolated communities, they should look at the local labour force and support local job creation. That is the situation in a small, remote area north of Whistler, B.C. The only communities in the area are First Nations who had reserve status established in the early 1900s.

The energy sector provides an economic advantage for British Columbia and is a key driver of the economy, creating family-supporting jobs, investment and government revenue in rural and First Nations communities throughout the province.

Demand for skilled construction and operations workers in the clean energy sector is growing, with more than 60 clean energy projects operating in B.C. today. Each of these projects has strong collaborations with First Nations that include jobs, procurement and capacity development.