The Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment and Training Association is pleased to present our new suite of services designed to meet the new "industry based focus" of the national Aboriginal Skills Employment Training Strategy (ASETS) program. ASETS provide exciting opportunities to capitalize on partnership initiatives with industry at the table.
Concentrated effort will continue to be placed on preparing the Aboriginal workforce for sustainable employment in both unionized and non-union work settings. Emphasis is placed on curriculum design to increase entry opportunities. Industry is invited to participate during course development to ensure critical elements are built into the programs.
PGNAETA has enjoyed success due to the partnership funds provided by federal stimulus programs such as Aboriginal Skills Training Initiative Fund (ASTSIF) and the Skill Partnership Fund (SPF). In order to continue this model, enhanced resources, new partnerships and innovative approaches are required to support the new momentum.
Being situated in Northern BC has exposed PGNAETA to the reality that a large portion of the working population will need to be provided with the literacy and technical skills and safety certification in order to access sustainable employment in resource sectors. Information presented in economic studies for the region indicates growth anticipated in energy, mining, forestry, transportation and other natural resource related sectors.
A critical challenge to preparing the Aboriginal labour force is the requirement for increased workplace based literacy in order to assist our citizens to acquire and maintain careers in self-sustaining occupations. PGNAETA is committed to providing these individuals with the Essential Skills Training that will further enhance their personal and professional development.
PGNAETA is registered as a Private training institution. Trades Access programming and industry based Essential Skills curriculum has been developed for several industries. This work is accompanied by pre and post assessments and skill building tools during the course of individualized action plans.
Success does not come at the hand of one person, rather it is the contribution and support of many hands that results in success. We acknowledge the critical support and contributions First Nations, Urban Aboriginal organizations, community service agencies, City of Prince George, Community Futures, Chamber of Commerce, College of New Caledonia, University of Northern BC, Initiatives Prince George, Chinook Scaffolding, CN Rail, Fortis BC, Telus, PCL Construction Leaders, CMAW, Millwrights UA 170, Pacific Trails Pipeline, Industry Training Authority, Service Canada, Indian and Northern Affairs, Natural Resources Canada and the Ministry of Advanced Education; all who have played a critical role toward our success.