The heavy equipment operator/mining and driving simulator are also portable, allowing training to be delivered in surrounding communities in northeast B.C.
“NENAS greatly appreciates the funds provided through Western Economic Diversification for the acquisition of simulators and trailers, which opens doors for Aboriginal people residing in northeast British Columbia to compete for job opportunities connected to major industry projects,” Executive Director for NENAS, Audrey Sam said.
Rempel reiterates what many of us already know, which is the rapid growth in the energy, as well as the mining sector, is creating a high demand for heavy equipment operators in northeast B.C.
With that in mind, Rempel says she wants to see youth and members of the Aboriginal community become an active part of this growth.
“This project aids the rapidly growing energy and mining industries, while creating skilled jobs for northern residents, including Aboriginal people,” Rempel said. “The economic opportunities that these training simulators provide will be felt across northeast British Columbia.”
The training equipment is reportedly capable of training up to 225 drivers and heavy equipment operators by April 2015, and makes NENAS the first institution to offer heavy equipment operator training in this region.
Over the next 6 years, jobs related to motor and transit drivers, as well as heavy equipment operators, are expected to have the highest number of openings.
Members of the Aboriginal community got the announcement started with a traditional prayer and drum circle, while acting Mayor and Council member, Gord Klassen played Master of Ceremonies, announcing each speaker and thanking the minister for her ongoing commitment to the north.