(Unceded territory of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation, Prince George, B.C. – Feb. 12, 2021) — Carrier Sekani Tribal Council is making a call to First Nations who are unemployed or underemployed to sign up for a fully-funded in-class employment training program that starts this March. The training provided by the Indigenous Community for Leadership and Development (ICLD) will give 15 students the skills they need to enter the regional pipeline or construction industry.
“We want CSTC members and First Nations to be engaged with as many projects and sectors as possible in the province, such as the Coastal GasLink pipeline, forestry and mining. One of our goals is to assist CSTC members and First Nations to be forearmed with the appropriate resources, education, skills and tickets to enter the workforce, therefore playing a role in reducing the socio-economic gap that exists between First Nations and Canadians,” says CSTC General Manager John Lewis.
At no cost to students, the program is funded through CSTC by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training.
It includes an eight-week course with opportunities to earn essential tickets to work in the field, followed by eight weeks of job coaching. During that time, students will have opportunities to directly connect with potential employers.
The course also contains a cultural component that includes opportunities for local elders to participate in sharing knowledge. Additionally, supports to ensure students can get the most out of class include the provision of meals and childcare.
Registration is open to 15 people who are unemployed or underemployed and self-identify as Indigenous, Metis or Inuit. The course begins March 1 with an orientation class and the in-class component will commence later in the month.
Audrey McKinnon, Communications Officer, CSTC: 250-617-3862, firstname.lastname@example.org