More than 180 Aboriginal learners in the Vancouver Island – B.C. Coast Region are receiving training in their communities through programs that will prepare them for jobs in sectors such as construction, forestry and eco-tourism.
The programs are delivered through partnerships involving Camosun College, the University of Victoria, Vancouver Island University, North Island College, the Tseycum First Nations, the Pacheedaht First Nation, the Haida First Nation, the Cowichan Tribes, the Stz-uminus First Nation, Heiltsuk Tribal Council, the Nanwakolas Council and the Nuxalk Nation.
The programs are supported with more than $2.5 million through the Aboriginal Community-Based Training Partnerships program. The funding includes more than $880,000 from the Ministry of Advanced Education and almost $1.62 million from the Employment Services and Supports (ESS) stream of the Canada-B.C. Job Fund Agreement.
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.
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