Funding connects Indigenous youth to trades, job training

Sep 2, 2022 – BC Government News

As many as 24 eligible people will receive employment skills to help them prepare for jobs as certified building maintenance workers in the Lower Mainland’s busy skilled trades sector.

This new provincial Community and Employer Partnerships (CEP) project focuses on training for Indigenous youth.

The Province is providing more than $575,000 to the Squamish Nation to deliver skills and certification courses in two intakes of its Indigenous building maintenance worker training program in North Vancouver.

Participants will receive 23 weeks of training, including: five weeks of essential and employability skills training, 12 weeks of occupational skills training, four weeks of on-the-job experience with local employers and two weeks of followup support to assist in their job search.

“Through this new training program, more Squamish Nation people will get the skills and experience they need to pursue a career and fill the growing number of jobs in building maintenance in our region,” said Bowinn Ma, MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale.

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