Nault announces over $5.7 million federal investment to help Indigenous people get vital job skills and work experience
Today, the Honourable Bob Nault, Member of Parliament for the Kenora riding, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced a $5,730,241 project that will have the Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Employment & Training Board (SLAAMB) provide training for Indigenous peoples looking to join the workforce.
WireService.ca Media Release (07/12/2018) Sioux Lookout, ON – Nault spoke about the importance of providing skill training and work experience while addressing SLAAMB’s 2018 Annual General Assembly.
“Despite being the fastest-growing segment of Canada’s workforce, Indigenous people are underrepresented, and our economy has not been operating at its best by leaving their talent on the table,” stated Nault. “Our government wants to ensure that Indigenous people living in the North have the necessary training and education to find good paying and meaningful jobs in a number of areas, including the trades, hospitality, health care, and information technology sectors.”
In total, 334 participants will be trained in: skilled trades, hospitality, water treatment, information technology, security, health care, and heavy equipment operation.
Of those participants, 170 will be youth recruited from 25 First Nations in the region, who will gain work experience under the At Risk Youth Program Initiative.
The project is supported by the Skills Partnership Fund (SPF), which encourages Indigenous organizations to form partnerships with governments, businesses and community organizations to provide skills training that contributes to long-term, meaningful employment for Indigenous people.
“There are very real barriers to employment for many Indigenous people in our country,” concluded Nault. “Breaking down these obstacles will ensure that everyone living in the North has a fair chance at success. I’m extremely pleased to see that we are moving in the right direction.”
· Indigenous people in Canada represent the youngest and fastest-growing segment of the country’s population. Over the next decade, 400,000 Indigenous youth will be preparing to enter the workforce.
· The SPF receives $50 million in funding per year and to date has leveraged approximately $250 million (cash and in-kind) from partnerships since its inception.
· From April 2010 to December 2017, the SPF has served more than 33,700 Indigenous clients, which included helping over 12,700 individuals get jobs in various sectors such as natural resources, trades, health, retail and tourism, and assisting 1,657 individuals to return to school.
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