The B.C. government is investing $403,615 to provide welding and metal fabrication training for people from First Nations communities under a Labour Market Sector Solutions (LMSS) partnership between the B.C. government and the Resource Training Organization (RTO).
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Funded through the Canada – British Columbia Labour Market Agreement (LMA), the First Nations Dual Foundation Welder C/Metal Fabricator Level l Program is designed to prepare 24 eligible First Nations individuals from the Fraser Valley and Sto:Lo territory for skilled employment in these industries. The program is being delivered through a 30-week Welder C program at Seabird College in Agassiz and a 10-week Level l Fabricator program at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops.
Following completion of the Level C Welder program, RTO expects 16 of the participants to continue with their studies to obtain their Level l Metal Fabrication. Participants who do not advance further than Level C Welder will go directly into the welding-trade workforce. In order to qualify for the program, participants must be either unemployed and not in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI), or employed but low-skilled. In addition, they must not have received or been eligible for EI in the last 36 months, and they cannot already be a student.