Job training programs focus on five First Nations

The College of New Caledonia is delivering training to five area First Nations to help more than 90 people gain employment in health care, trades and building maintenance.

The programs are supported by more than $1.15 million through the Aboriginal Community-Based Training Partnerships program.

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The funding includes more than $250,000 from the Ministry of Advanced Education and more than $900,000 from the Employment Services and Supports stream of the Canada-B.C. Job Fund Agreement.

Here's a closer look:

$322,104 to CNC and the Tl'azt'en Nation partnership to deliver the health access-health care assistant certificate program.

Twelve participants will acquire the skills necessary to care for individuals with disabilities living in long-term care facilities or private homes. Students will also receive upgrading courses in English and math.

$198,226 to CNC and the Yekooche First Nation partnership to deliver the pre-employment access to trades program.

Twelve participants will develop resumes and cover letters and participate in mock interviews.

Training will also include adult upgrading courses and safety certificates such as construction safety training system and strata IT fundamentals.

$95,269 to CNC and the Takla Lake First Nation partnership to deliver the pre-employment residential building maintenance assistant program.

Twelve participants will gain a range of essential work skills, such as resume writing, as well as certificate and technical training for building maintenance such as trades math, carpentry and plumbing.

$280,337 to CNC and the Saik'uz First Nation partnership to deliver a college and career preparation program.

Fifteen participants receive upgrading courses in English, math and computer studies. 15 Aboriginal learners will benefit.

$258,922 to CNC, the Saik'uz, Nadleh Whut'en and the Stellat'en First Nation partnership to deliver the aboriginal workplace readiness program.

Thirty-six participants will focus on subjects that include Aboriginal culture, computer skills and financial literacy. They will also obtain certificates including occupational first aid and resource road radio operation.

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