AMTA's proven solution to Aboriginal workforce development now available
across British Columbia's resource sector
VANCOUVER, Feb. 25, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, the Aboriginal Mentoring &
Training Association (AMTA), formerly the British Columbia Aboriginal
Mine Training Association, announced it is making its Aboriginal
workforce development solution available to resource-sector industries
across the province. This will open the door to increased Aboriginal
workforce inclusion and contributions to Canada's provincial and
"Our mission, and the work we do, will not change," says Laurie
Sterritt, AMTA's chief executive officer. "We remain committed to
empowering First Nations to create economic health for themselves and
their communities through skills training, education and career
opportunities. What's changed is that we'll be working with a broader
group of resource-sector partners and companies, with more potential
job opportunities for AMTA candidates."
Four years ago, representatives from industry, government, educational
institutes and First Nations began AMTA with the goal of connecting
Aboriginal people to jobs in BC's exploration and mining industry. The
resulting Aboriginal workforce development model has challenged
assumptions about Aboriginal workers and has offered critical solutions
for our industry partners.
"More than 200 employers have hired AMTA candidates because they are
trained, certified to recognized industry standards and are ready to
work," continues Sterritt. "Our roots will always be in exploration and
mining, but we've created a business solution other industries want to
adopt; a solution that benefits many First Nation communities and our
provincial and national economies."
Companies working across the resource sector are looking for ways to
respond to labour shortages within their own industries. Graham, one of
Canada's largest construction companies, approached AMTA earlier this
year, recognizing alignment in the two organizations' approaches to
"Graham builds deep roots in the communities where we operate," says
Trevor McGiveron, Graham's Director, Strategic Accounts. "Whenever
possible we hire locally, and we recognize the importance of building
collaborative partnerships with organizations that help us do this.
We're very impressed with the results AMTA has achieved in the mining
sector, and are eager to work together to provide Aboriginal people
with opportunities for skills upgrading, education and project-specific
training in the construction sector."
Since 2010, AMTA has placed more than 715 Aboriginal people into jobs
and has registered almost 2300 more in a variety of education, training
and development initiatives. According to a report from Pricewaterhouse
Coopers LLP (PwC), AMTA candidates contribute approximately $137,000 to
Canada's gross domestic product, $107,000 of which is realised in BC.
This results in a total impact to the national economy of almost $98
AMTA provides a credible and proven Aboriginal workforce development
solution to Canadian resource sector industries looking for workers. To
learn more about AMTA, visit www.amta-bc.com.
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Image with caption: "Merle Cahoose, a member of the Ulkatcho First Nation, graduated from AMTA's Heavy Equipment Operator program in 2013. (CNW Group/Aboriginal Mentoring & Training Association (AMTA))". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140225_C6985_PHOTO_EN_37102.jpg
SOURCE: Aboriginal Mentoring & Training Association (AMTA)
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