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NPAAMB partners with Habitat for Humanity “BUILDING FUTURES” for Indigenous Youth Program

by pmnationtalk on March 19, 2018120 Views

The Niagara Peninsula Aboriginal Area Management Board (NPAAMB) is pleased to announce the federal government investment of the “BUILDING FUTURES” program for urban Indigenous youth in southern Ontario. NPAAMB will design, deliver and evaluate the impact of the socially innovative approach to skills training over 4 years.

The federal government is contributing $5,791,003 to provide experiential skills training in building and construction trades for urban Indigenous youth (ages 18-30) in southern Ontario. The project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Skills and Partnership Fund. The objective of the Skills and Partnership Fund is to enable Indigenous organizations to experiment and to be innovative by using partnerships to create appropriate labour market products and services for Indigenous people. The total value of the 4 year project is $8,195,333 with over

30% contributed by various local partners to the project. The program will serve participants in the (five) 5 service areas of NPAAMB including Fort Erie, St. Catharines, Hamilton, Brantford and Kitchener-Waterloo.

In partnership with Habitat for Humanity- Niagara, Mohawk College and YMCA Employment and Immigrant Services of Niagara, 180 youth will build 15 affordable homes in southern Ontario over the duration of the project while learning building and construction trades essential skills in the classroom; experiential learning in construction trades on the build sites and Habitat’s Innovation Centre lab and; develop employability through work placements at the Habitat restores and with local employers. Building essential skills and experiential exposure to the residential construction industry will assist Indigenous youth to increase their employability and successful attachment to the labour market.

As Indigenous youth are the fastest growing demographic in Canada, NPAAMB believes the strengths-based approach and culturally rich program will assist participants to develop the skills necessary to identify and take actions steps towards employment and career paths, in the building and construction trades. Further training and/or apprenticeship registration, academic upgrading for the purpose of entering post -secondary education and/or; securing direct employment as a result of the training are the key goals of each 17 week program.

The project will also have significant social impact in southern Ontario. “While engaging in demand driven training, the youth participants will develop a deeper sense of accomplishment and pride as ‘their hands at work’ will have significant social and community impact” says Shari St. Peter, Executive Director of NPAAMB. “A connection to community the Building Futures training program will bring aligns with the cultural values of our Indigenous communities. Youth from the community building homes for their community is one of the most beautiful outcomes of this project for southern Ontario”.

“Breaking down barriers to employment for Indigenous people will ensure that everyone has a real and fair chance at success. Helping Indigenous people get the skills and training they need to find good jobs will grow the economy, strengthen the middle class and help those working hard to join it” says The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.

NPAAMB provides skills development and training opportunities for urban Indigenous youth in southern Ontario. We attract, develop and motivate young Indigenous talent by respecting their diverse cultural identities and working closely with the communities we serve.

NPAAMB would like to extend our gratitude to the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour through the Skills and Partnership Fund (ESDC) for their support of this exciting and socially innovative initiative. For more information, please contact Shari St. Peter, Executive Director (519) 751-8333 ext 221 or visit us on Facebook- NPAAMB Niagara Peninsula.

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