North Island College to train Lillooet Indigenous people for local mining jobs with Canada/BC funding

North Island College

Up to 12 Aboriginal people in the Lillooet area are receiving the training they need for jobs in their communities, thanks to the federal-provincial partnership under the Canada-B.C. Job Fund Agreement.

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 ended Feb. 17, and was 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.

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.

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