Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Program – Dean’s story
Credits: Employment and Social Development Canada
Dean received the training he was looking for and now has his own business.
Discover his story!
Where somebody maybe started out kind of in the dumps or they’re not doing great, we help them get the training, we got them employed. Now we’re taking it to the next level, where we can get them involved in their own business and become a real leader in their community. With Dean it all started in 2012, through the skills and partnership fund. Through this fund we were able to get Dean certification and training for his journeyperson status. Dean Gauthier
Owner, Meadow Lake Truck & Trailer Ltd.
GDI (Gabriel Dumont Institute) was there from the beginning paying my wages and also the tuition. So they were a big part of where I am today. It’s a wonderful program, it really helped me out. It gave me the knowledge to learn and actually run a business.
They have an idea or maybe they’ve created their first prototype for a product. You see that snowball start to form. And you feed off their energy and their excitement. You can just see the scale of the project and how it’s moved from an idea to the fruition of a business. That’s what really exciting.
From being an apprentice to being a business owner, it’s a big change. But in the end if you’re going to work hard, GDI is there to help you.