Increasing opportunity for the Indigenous workforce

By Darrell Stranger
February 25, 2019 - 3:22pm Updated: February 25, 2019 - 6:04pm

PRINCE GEORGE- The Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment and Training Association signed a memorandum of understanding with the industry training authority earlier today. The MOU will allow both parties to strengthen their relationship with each other where it is mutually beneficial and relevant.

The memorandum will also create opportunities to increase the Indigenous skilled labour force in trades and apprenticeships and allow Indigenous people to achieve certificates of qualification and apprenticeship as well as their red seal. PGNAETA's goal is to promote the self-sufficiency of Indigenous people, something they feel this memorandum can accomplish.

Indigenous people are the fastest growing population in B.C. and Canada and signing this MOU gives both parties the ability to provide Indigenous citizens the benefit of gaining economic opportunities that take place in Northern B.C. Trades were looked at in previous years as just an option for people as opposed to a career but there is momentum building that trades are in fact a viable profession, especially here in the province.

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