Okanagan College begins second intake of job skills program for Indigenous students

Okanagan College

from BC Local News:

With strong demand for construction trades workers, Okanagan College is offering a second intake of a program designed to help aboriginal students build job site skills, gain apprenticeship training and get on the fast track to employment.

Construction craft worker aboriginal bridging runs from Sept. 12 to Dec. 16 and it will cover a variety of topics, from trades math to carpentry skills to workforce training certifications. The program is designed to benefit students with limited construction experience or those looking to refresh or enhance their skills. The program is tuition-free and includes work boots, bus passes, group study sessions, cultural activities, volunteer work experience and job search skills to remove potential barriers and support success.

“Working with, and learning from, the indigenous community is one of the key directions in Okanagan College’s new strategic plan,” said Jim Hamilton, OC president.

“This course is an example of ongoing collaboration with our local bands and First Nation communities, employers and the province to provide training that is responsive to the needs of industry and highly supportive for our indigenous learners.”

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