Federal and provincial governments working together to train British Columbians in northeast B.C.

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – 10 individuals from the Saulteau First Nations have received training for jobs in northeast B.C. through federal-provincial partnerships.

$91,000 was given to Thompson Rivers University (TRU) to deliver the Construction Craft Worker (CCW) Level One training project for participants from the Saulteau and West Moberly First Nations. They will be able to pursue careers on the Site C damn project, among others.

The training was provided by the Industry Training Authority, CLAC (Christian Labour Association of Canada), BC Hydro and Peace River Hydro Partners.

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The training had started in the fall and just recently finished in November.

Today, MLA Mike Bernier, along with representatives from the Saulteau First Nations, Thompson Rivers University, ITA, CLAC, BC Hydro and PRHP, held a graduation ceremony in Moberly Lake. At the ceremony, the graduates were given hard hats and safety vests to remember their time in the program and to use at future jobs such as Site C.

“I’m excited about the Construction Craft Worker program delivered by Thompson Rivers University for the Saulteau First Nations and the West Moberly First Nations in our community. We’re expecting 5,400 job openings for construction trade helpers and labourers by 2025. The students who are graduating from the CCW program today are already well on their way to pursue these careers, thanks to the training they just completed.

This project was a great example of how our First Nations community, TRU, CLAC and industry partners are working together to support our Aboriginal residents in their training and future careers.” – Mike Bernier


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