A new pilot project in Calgary and Edmonton will help increase job-training opportunities for Aboriginal people to get into construction trades.
Aboriginal Construction Careers Centres will operate at Bow Valley College and NorQuest College main campuses and offer employment readiness training, career counselling and literacy supports to students at the facility and others in the community. During the course of the two-year pilot project, the goal is to help place 300 Aboriginal people into jobs, and over 300 people will be provided with career counselling and guidance to help enter the construction workforce.
(Minister Don Scott introducing Premier Jim Prentice at the AACCC announcement)
Increasing post-secondary participation and developing more job-training opportunities for Aboriginal learners is a priority for this government. These centres will help answer the need for skilled workers in Alberta. The pilot will also benefit both colleges as they will continue to build upon the strong relationships they have developed within the construction industry.
(Premier Prentice with Minister Scott (l) launching the AACCC initiatives at NorQuest and Bow Valley Colleges)
The Government of Alberta is providing $1 million to the pilot. The two institutions, industry partners and Aboriginal partners are also providing funding for the project.
For more information on the Alberta Aboriginal Construction Careers Centres please visit the AACCC website.