Community-based partnerships link north central B.C. aboriginal students to jobs

The Saik’uz First Nation and College of New Caledonia are partnering this year to deliver the College and Career Preparation program.

The Saik’uz First Nation and College of New Caledonia are partnering this year to deliver the College and Career Preparation program.

One of 28 community-based partnerships funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education this year, the program provides Aboriginal learners with work-ready skills such as basic computer literacy, as well as skills needed for jobs in sectors such as construction, tourism and education.

Through the Aboriginal Community-Based Training Partnerships program, $9.6 million is supporting a total of 28 partnerships between 29 Aboriginal communities and 14 public post-secondary institutions in 2016-17. This investment supports almost 800 Aboriginal students in communities throughout the province.

Other partnerships funded in the north include the University of Northern British Columbia and Tsilhqot’in National Government partnership, which will deliver the Tsilhqot’in language certificate program, level 1, in Williams Lake.