NorQuest College connects Indigenous workers with careers in construction

NorQuest College

from The Edmonton Journal:

Christopher Bernard is freshly married and ready to get back into the construction business.

Helping him with the many certifications and training programs the industry requires is the Alberta Aboriginal Construction Career Centre at NorQuest College. The program aims to connect aboriginal workers with employers in the construction industry.

Bernard said construction work gives him a sense of pride that’s tough to find in other industries. He likes to walk around downtown Edmonton with his eldest daughter and point out the Epcor Tower and Icon 1 and Icon 2 buildings, where he worked on the rebar.

The centre has been instrumental in helping him do that work again, Bernard said.

“I was shy at first, but they’re open here and there’s great people to talk to,” he said.

Ruby Littlechild, the manager of the centre, knew word of mouth was spreading when a father and son drove in from Grande Prairie to use the services based on the good things they had heard.

Littlechild said she sees it as a “form of community economic development.”

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