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Community-based partnerships link Aboriginal students to jobs

The Ministry of Advanced Education is funding partnerships that connect Aboriginal students with education and training programs in their communities. These programs provide Aboriginal learners with work-ready skills such as basic computer literacy, as well as skills needed for jobs in sectors such as construction, tourism and education.

Through the Aboriginal Community-Based Training Partnerships program $9.6 million is supporting a total of 28 partnerships between 29 Aboriginal communities and 14 public post-secondary institutions in 2016-17. This investment supports almost 800 Aboriginal students in communities throughout the province.

The total $9.6-million funding for Aboriginal Community-based Training Partnerships includes $2.4 million from the Ministry of Advanced Education and $7.2 million from the Employment Services and Supports (ESS) stream of the Canada-B.C. Job Fund Agreement. Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada is also contributing $1 million for these training programs.

A total of 348 proposals for funding from 135 individual organizations were submitted to the B.C. government for ESS funding by the application deadline in April 2015. In 2016-17, a total of $43.4 million was provided to the Province for all ESS programs, including the Aboriginal Community-Based Training Partnerships programs and programs available through the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour.

The Canada-B.C. Job Fund helps ensure training programs give individuals the skills to enter and succeed in the job market. The goal of ESS is to increase the labour market participation of British Columbians by assisting them to prepare for entry to, or return to, sustainable employment.

The Aboriginal Community-Based Training Partnerships Program has provided $34.7 million since 2012 for 110 projects in more than 70 communities in support of more than 2,700 Aboriginal learners. The programs support the BC Jobs Plan, B.C.'s Skills for Jobs Blueprint, and the Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education and Training Policy Framework and Action Plan (Aboriginal Framework).

The Aboriginal Community-Based Training Partnerships program is also one of the key ways the B.C. government is taking action to strengthen and grow rural communities. To further support the needs of rural communities and grow local economies, the Province will be releasing a Rural Economic Development Strategy in the near future.

Some of the programs listed by region where programs will be delivered:

$322,104 to the College of New Caledonia and Tl'azt'en Nation partnership

Funding is to deliver the Health Access - Health Care Assistant Certificate program. Participants will acquire the skills necessary to care for individuals with disabilities living in long-term care facilities or private homes. Students will also receive upgrading courses in English and math. Sixteen Aboriginal learners will benefit.

$198,226 to the College of New Caledonia and Yekooche First Nation partnership

Funding is to deliver the Pre-employment Access to Trades program. Participants will develop resumes and cover letters and participate in mock interviews. Training will also include adult upgrading courses and safety certificates such as construction safety training system and strata IT fundamentals. Twelve Aboriginal learners will benefit.

$95,269 to the College of New Caledonia and Takla Lake First Nation partnership

Funding is to deliver the Pre-employment Residential Building Maintenance Assistant program. Participants will gain a range of essential work skills, such as resume writing, as well as certificate and technical training for building maintenance such as trades math, carpentry and plumbing. Twelve Aboriginal learners will benefit.

$280,337 to the College of New Caledonia and Saik'uz First Nation partnership

Funding is to deliver a college and career preparation program. Participants receive upgrading courses in English, math and computer studies. 15 Aboriginal learners will benefit.

$258,922 to the College of New Caledonia and Saik'uz, Nadleh Whut'en and the Stellat'en First Nations partnership

Funding is to deliver the Aboriginal Workplace Readiness program. Participants will focus on subjects that include Aboriginal culture, computer skills and financial literacy. They will also obtain certificates including occupational first aid and resource road radio operation. Thirty-six Aboriginal learners will benefit.

$287,616 to the Okanagan College and Okanagan Indian Band partnership

Funding is to deliver the Stepping Forward to Employment / Education program. Participants will receive adult basic education upgrading and develop skills essential to the workplace, such as reading, document use, oral communication and using digital technology such as computers. Fourteen Aboriginal learners will benefit.

$397,884 to Vancouver Community College and Stó:lō Nation partnership

Funding is to deliver the Stó:lō Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Culinary Arts Pre-trades Foundation program. Participants will be prepared for entry into culinary arts programs. The pre-trades program includes essential skills, employment certificates (Foodsafe, first aid, WHIMIS and WorldHost) and a three-week practicum placement with a local restaurant. Forty-five Aboriginal learners will benefit.

$97,836 to the Northern Lights College and Seabird Island Band partnership

Funding is to deliver the Early Childhood Education and Care Diploma program. Participants will receive career preparation courses, along with work experience and opportunities for work placement. Thirty-three Aboriginal learners will benefit.

$192,153 to the Camosun College and Tseycum First Nations partnership

$196,245 to the Camosun College and Pacheedaht First Nation partnership

Funding to both above mentioned partnerships is to provide ĆELÁSET, the Entry Level Employment and Education Readiness program. The program will provide five courses and six workplace certificates (including occupational first aid, Foodsafe, WHMIS, WorldHost, cashier training and Serving It Right), along with worksite experience. Thirty-two Aboriginal learners will benefit (16 in each community).

$46,900 to the North Island College and Nuxalk Nation partnership

Funding is to deliver the Adult Basic Education with Pathways to Employment Training program. Participants will upgrade their schooling in preparation for education and training programs leading to employment in the trades, health, and applied business technology fields. Twenty-four Aboriginal learners will benefit.

Original article from: BC Gov News