New Brunswick invests in training for Aboriginal Peoples

ICT training expected to address labour shortage

The New Brunswick government is investing $4.1-million in an employment training program that will provide opportunities for Aboriginal Peoples in information and communications technology.

The three-year New Brunswick Aboriginal Information and Communications Technology project is expected, at the same time, to help address the labour shortage in the province’s information and communications sector.

"This investment demonstrates our government's commitment to expand Aboriginal People's participation in New Brunswick's economic and social progress," said Premier David Alward, who is also the minister responsible for Aboriginal affairs. "It will also help to strengthen New Brunswick's information and communications industry, promote innovation in our economy and foster economic development throughout our province."

Under the project, information and communications technology employers will work with the Aboriginal Workforce Development Initiative to recruit at least 150 Aboriginal Peoples in the province. A focus will be providing industry-driven training to help participants prepare for future employment.

"In a constantly evolving labour market, it is important that Canadians get the skills and training they need to succeed," said Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Keith Ashfield. "Our government is working with stakeholders to ensure Aboriginal Peoples are able to take full advantage of economic opportunities and get good jobs."

Led by the Aboriginal Workforce Development Initiative, the project involves First Nations communities and organizations, the provincial and federal governments and information and communications technology employers.

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