EDMONTON, March 13, 2013 /CNW/ - In Alberta, 350 Aboriginal people will
be trained for high-demand jobs in the energy sector, thanks to
investments from the Governments of Canada and Alberta, and other
partners. The announcement was made today by the Honourable Laurie
Hawn, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre, on behalf of the
Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills
Development, and the Honourable Robin Campbell, Alberta Minister of
Governments, industry, trade unions, training organizations and
Aboriginal communities are investing close to $7 million in this
training initiative that is designed to address Alberta's critical
skills shortages and build better futures for Aboriginal people.
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity," said Mr. Hawn. "It's important that Canadians
have the skills and training they need to succeed. That's why, through
the Skills and Partnership Fund, our government works with partners to
ensure Aboriginal people can take full advantage of economic
Through the Skills and Partnership Fund, the Government of Canada is
contributing over $1.9 million to the Trade Winds to Success Training
Society to provide Aboriginal people with training and work experience
in various energy-related occupations, in particular in Alberta's oil
and gas sector. These include jobs such as boilermakers, carpenters,
electricians, welders and pipefitters.
The Government of Alberta will also invest $1.6 million in the project
through the through the Ministries of Human Services and Aboriginal
"The Alberta Government is a proud partner of the Trade Winds to Success
Training Society, which has helped more than 500 Aboriginal Albertans
build brighter futures for themselves and their families since 2005,"
said Minister Campbell. "We are committed to working with Aboriginal
communities to ensure they can take advantage of the opportunities
available in our province and reach their full potential."
"The Board of Directors, Trade Winds to Success Training Society staff
and, most importantly, the Aboriginal people we serve, would like to
thank the federal and provincial governments for their financial
support through the Skills and Partnership Fund," said Deborah Munroe,
Executive Director, Trade Winds to Success Training Society. "This
funding will allow us to continue doing what we do best—putting
Aboriginal people to work in the trades."
There are 10 other partners, including the Oteenow Employment & Training
Society, Community Futures Treaty Seven, ConocoPhillips and the Alberta
Carpenters Training Centre that are making significant investments in
The Skills and Partnership Fund is part of the Government of Canada's
approach to help First Nations, Métis and Inuit get training and work
experience to secure meaningful long-term employment.
Launched in July 2010, the Skills and Partnership Fund (SPF) encourages
Aboriginal organizations to create partnerships with government,
business and community organizations that drive change, improve skills
training and create opportunities for Aboriginal people.
SPF responds to the changing needs and priorities of the labour market
while providing opportunities for Aboriginal people to fully
participate in Canada's economy. The Government of Canada is investing
$210 million over five years in this partnership-based,
The Government of Canada also funds the Aboriginal Skills and Employment
Training Strategy, which is an integrated approach to Aboriginal labour
market programming that links training to labour market demand. The
Strategy supports more than 80 Aboriginal organizations in the delivery
of programs and services to increase Aboriginal participation in the
Canadian labour market. It focuses on three strategic priorities:
supporting skills development; fostering partnerships with the private
sector and the provinces and territories; and accountability and
results. The program was launched in April 2010 with funding of $1.6
billion over five years.
SOURCE: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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