Tuesday January 31, 2012

Provincial Government News

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Métis to benefit from skills training money

Released by Marc Wang, Gov't of BC Caucus


boriginal learners from Chilliwack have new opportunities for skills training thanks to the Aboriginal Training for Employment Program (ATEP). An investment of $489,050 will support learners from across the Fraser Valley who are served by the Métis Nation of British Columbia.

"Individuals who participate in this program are given the tools they need to succeed. The skills they learn will help empower them to become leaders in their communities," said Chilliwack MLA John Les in a release Tuesday.

Why this matters

  • ATEP helps participants pursue further studies and employment opportunities in a variety of fields, such as health care assistants, chefs, construction workers, entrepreneurs, tourism operators and many other occupations.

  • Participants receive in-class instruction, as well as hands-on learning in laboratories or workshops, and work or volunteer experience relevant to their training.

  • Job coaches are also available to assist students with resume preparation, interview skills, job search strategies and career planning. All programs have Aboriginal cultural components.

Some Background

  • Government is investing $4 million in ATEP through the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Agreement.

  • To be eligible for ATEP, participants must be of Aboriginal heritage, 18 years or older, unemployed and not receiving EI benefits, or employed but without a high school diploma.

  • Aboriginal organizations, friendship centres and First Nations offer ATEP projects in urban and rural settings.

  • Under the BC Jobs Plan, the Province is committed to providing funding for community based delivery of programs that meet Aboriginal needs.

  • Since launching in 2010, over 500 Aboriginal learners throughout the province have benefited from the program.


For information about this and more, visit: www.johnlesmla.bc.ca


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