B.C. government offering Aboriginal essential skills bootcamp

Participants will receive 6 weeks of employment training

Eighty people from First Nations communities in British Columbia will receive training through a new Workplace Essential Skills: Bootcamp for the Construction Industry program.

“We know that there will be a million job openings in our province by 2020. Programs like this one are critical and will ensure that we have the workforce necessary to meet the demand,” said Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour Shirley Bond.

“The students in this program will be given the skills they need to find work on major construction projects.”

The provincial government is investing more than $468,800 through the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Agreement for the new program. Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour Shirley Bond made the announcement as part of National Aboriginal Day celebrations at Klahowya Village in Stanley Park.

Training for the new program will be jointly delivered by Capilano University’s continuing education division and the Aboriginal Skills Group and held at the Lower Stl’atl’imx Tribal Council training facility in Pemberton, B.C. Program participants will gain workplace-based essential skills training that will help prepare them for employment, including:

• essential skills assessments

• six weeks of full-time construction bootcamp training, including employment essentials, general trades occupations skills, construction trades occupational certificates, employment transition workshops and employment coaching.

• culturally supported learning resources.

Upon completion of the program, participants will have the skills they need to find work in both the construction and operations phases of local hydroelectric projects, said the government.

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