Community-based partnerships link Aboriginal students to jobs

Posted on February 13th, 2017

The Ministry of Advanced Education is funding partnerships that connect Aboriginal students with education and training programs in their communities. These programs provide 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.

Examples of Community-Based Partnerships funded include:

  • The University of Northern British Columbia and Tsilhqot’in National Government partnership will deliver the Tsilhqot’in language certificate program, level 1, in Williams Lake.
  • The College of New Caledonia and Saik’uz First Nation partnership will deliver the College and Career Preparation program.
  • The Justice Institute of British Columbia and the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre and Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council partnership will deliver the Justice and Public Safety Career Preparatory Certificate program.

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