Vancouver / Coast Salish Territory – Nine students, photographed with their instructor Amanda Lavallee (bottom row, far right), successfully completed the Indigenous Youth Perspectives Program last week. Students received entry-level certificates such as Serving It Right, Traffic Control, and Food Safe to help prepare them for employment opportunities in the hospitality or construction sectors.
In addition to the entry-level certificates, students enrolled into two foundational courses in Education & Career Planning, and First Nations Studies, which are offered at NEC as part of the Aboriginal Adult Basic Education program. The Introduction to First Nation Studies course covered topics in self-identify and spirituality, which helps students remain connected to their place of origin and the community. Today, the students who completed the program are looking for employment opportunities or furthering their studies.
ACCESS funded the program and partnered with NEC to deliver the short-term project to help Indigenous youth aged 18 - 30 obtain entry-level certificates. Lucy Lacaille, Director of Programs at ACCESS commented, “We chose to partner with NEC because it’s an Aboriginal College that provides a culturally supportive environment for students.”
The Canada-BC Job Fund is committed to increasing the labour force participation with a focus on helping British Columbians gain the knowledge and skills required to find and keep in-demand jobs. Since 2011, 191,500 news jobs were added to the BC job market, employing 2.4 million people. BC has the highest provincial GDP growth in the country.
BC Jobs Plan: www.bcjobsplan.gov.bc.ca