First Nation students in North Central BC will get better opportunities closer to home thanks to over 7 million dollars from the Federal Government. Over the next decade, skilled labour will be in demand unlike ever before. The Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment and Training Association held a job fair and workshops at the Civic Centre to encourage employment throughout the community. They plan to launch a new skills training initiative that uses that money over the next four years to help ensure that needed positions get filled. This is part of a large-scale training initiative called “Industry Connections”, and will specifically educate students in areas like trades, camp management, engineering, transportation and office technology.
The Aboriginal community is the fastest growing population in the country and offers a solution to these predicted labour shortages. Through the Industry Connections project, it is estimated that over 800 Aboriginal citizens will receive education and skill development that is not only geared to what the nation needs, but also provide these individuals with long-term employment.