British Columbia funds more Aboriginal LNG training programs

The B.C. government revealed recently it is investing in two new programs for Aboriginal workers training in LNG development sector.

The province said in a statement it is providing $387,000 for the North Central LNG Strategies Program to help 112 members of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation and Mcleod Lake Indian Band enhance their employability and occupational skills.

The B.C. government is also investing $321,000 in Skills Connect: Training for First Nations workforce development practitioners to develop a pool of 15 Aboriginal instructors and workforce development practitioners in the Cariboo/Nechako region.

The two programs will be delivered by the Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment and Training Association (PGNAETA).

The province said that both programs get underway this fall and are being funded through B.C.’s Aboriginal Skills Training Development Fund. The fund aligns with B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint and will provide up to $10 million annually over the next three years for Aboriginal skills training.