The Harper Government is providing $85,800 toward the launch of the Trade Access Training program, conducted in partnership with the Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment and Training Association (PGNAETA), industry and local First Nations communities.
This program will help prepare participants for trades-related employment opportunities in the energy sector through skills training and short-term certifications. It will also enable Aboriginal students to pursue higher education.
The PGNAETA has operated in Prince George as an Aboriginal non-profit society since 1993, serving 17 First Nations territories. Since 2010, the PGNAETA has also helped to deliver the Government’s Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training program in the region.
The Trade Access Training program will be funded through the Strategic Partnerships Initiative — West Coast Energy, which aims to increase Aboriginal participation in economic opportunities in the natural resource sectors.
Since its creation in 2010, the Strategic Partnerships Initiative has supported over 400 Aboriginal communities, developed over 100 new partnerships and leveraged nearly $100 million in additional funding from other sources.
For more information on the Strategic Partnerships Initiative, please visit https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1330016561558/1330016687171.
For more information on the Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment Association and to keep up to date on application deadlines for the Trade Access Training program, please visit http://www.pgnaeta.bc.ca.
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