Training opportunities are being offered to more than 30 First Nations people in north central B.C. to help meet the growing demand for skilled workers in the mineral exploration and mining industry.
"This program is significant for B.C. and its mineral exploration and mining industry. Initiatives that improve work conditions for Aboriginals are greatly beneficial to employers and those taking part in the program, especially as we work to fill the huge number of job openings that will be coming up over the next 10 years," stated Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation.
Twenty participants will have access to two 16-week Mining Industry Certification courses running concurrently at the College of New Caledonia's Fort St. James campus and Prince George campus, starting in October. Another 13 participants will have access to a 15-week Environmental Technician Certificate course delivered by Vancouver Island University on location in Prince George, starting at the end of August.
These training programs are being provided through a Labour Market Sector Solutions project with the Pacific Trail Pipelines Aboriginal Skills Employment Partnership (PTP ASEP). This project supports industry needs for skilled labour in regional mining projects and increases the number of trained and qualified First Nations who can be employed as entry level technicians.
PTP ASEP is partnering with several companies and organizations in the delivery of these programs, including:
* O'Brien Training Ltd.
* Carrier Sekani Tribal Council
* First Nations in north central and north west B.C.
* College of New Caledonia
* Vancouver Island University
The Mining Industry Certification course and Environmental Technician Certificate course are supported by $500,000 in funding through the Canada - British Columbia Labour Market Agreement.
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