BC government introduces new initiatives for Aboriginal learners

November 5, 2014

Through its Skills for Jobs Blueprint, the BC government has recently announced 2 new initiatives designed to increase opportunities for Aboriginal learners to access training. Under a protocol agreement with the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC), the government will support skills training and employment for off-reserve Aboriginal peoples through focus on 3 priorities: increasing education and training opportunities, increasing employment recruitment and retention, and engaging the growing youth population. In addition, BC has committed $1.5 M to Nicola Valley Institute of Technology for the creation of a new trades training facility. NVIT is contributing $300,000 to construction of the 670-square-metre facility, expected to open in 2016. The added space will allow NVIT to increase enrolments in the electrical, plumbing, and piping foundation programs. “The new trades facility at NVIT is a significant step toward meeting the training needs of Aboriginal learners desiring a career in the trades. This partnership between NVIT and government provides access to the relevant skills and knowledge required for learners to be successful in their careers,” said NVIT President Ken Tourand. BC News (BCAAFC) | BC News (NVIT)