NVIT to deliver new program to help Indigenous participants with job readiness and education upgrades

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology

from Business Examiner:

Up to 205 First Nations people in communities stretching from Prince George to Fort Nelson will benefit from new skills-training opportunities designed to spark careers in trades and technical jobs such as carpentry, piping, welding, carpentry, machining and electrical.

Funding of more than $2.1 million is being provided for five projects through BC’s Aboriginal Skills Training Development Fund.

In Fort St. John, a new project designed to help participants with job readiness and education upgrades is benefitting up to 50 people from the Halfway River, Fort Nelson and Prophet River First Nations.

The project will run for approximately 42 weeks and is being delivered by the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT) at Pink Mountain and the Halfway River Ranch Learning Centre. British Columbia is providing $350,000 in funding support over two years for the project.

Also in Fort St. John, members of the Blueberry River First Nations will benefit from $248,000 in funding for a new program to be delivered in the community by the NVIT. The purpose of the Bridging to Trades training project is to provide up to 24 community members with the opportunity to upgrade their literacy and numeracy skills, receive personal growth training and be introduced to four trades: welding, carpentry, machining, and electrical. The skills-training project will run for approximately 25 weeks.

In the remote community of Tsay Keh Dene, the $470,000 Workforce Development project will provide Aboriginal participants with foundational training, literacy, essential skills and academic upgrading, career exploration and industry related certifications.

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