Canada-B.C. partnership to train British Columbians for jobs in Lillooet area at North Island College

Approximately $199,000 has been allocated to North Island College to deliver the Underground Mining Certificate program for employment at Avino Silver and Gold Mines’ Bralorne mine.

The project will prepare the First Nations participants from the area for jobs as entry-level mine workers. Avino Silver and Gold Mines Ltd. will hire the majority of participants who complete the program.

Classroom training in Lillooet began Nov. 14 and ends Feb. 17, and is followed by practical training at the Bralorne mine from Feb. 20 to 28, 2017.

This training project is part of an investment of more than $12 million for 49 training projects benefiting about 2,000 British Columbians throughout the province, thanks to funding provided through the Canada-B.C. Job Fund Agreement under the Employer-Sponsored Training stream.

The skills training projects support B.C.’s regional labour-market demands and provide opportunities to youth, women, Aboriginal people, immigrants and other eligible participants to receive training, as well as industry-recognized certificates or credentials. screen-shot-2017-01-10-at-5-09-47-pm

Through the Canada Job Fund, the Government of Canada provides $500 million annually to the provinces and territories for investments in skills training. Under the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund Agreement, the province receives a total of $65 million per year its per-capita share of the available funding.

The Canada-B.C. Job Fund helps ensure training programs give individuals the skills to enter and succeed in the job market. The Employer-Sponsored Training stream provides funding for project-based, time-limited, employer-driven training that leads to a job at the end of training.

This includes targeted projects delivered by Aboriginal service providers, post-secondary institutions, industry associations, community groups, and private trainers that meet regional labour market needs. Employers also provide either financial or in-kind contributions to support the training.

Original article from: BC Gov News

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