Project Aims To Help Native Workers Improve Skills

Friday, December 12, 2008 at 14:10



The Member of Parliament for Desnesthe-Missinippi-Churchill River was in Saskatoon today as part of an announcement to improve training and job opportunities for Aboriginal people in the province.


Rob Clarke spoke on behalf of the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, Diane Finley.


Funding was announced for the Aboriginal Participation and Upskilling Initiative pilot project, which is designed to help around 150 Aboriginal workers develop their skills.


Clarke says a project like this is important to make sure Aboriginal people can participate in the country’s economy.


The project will include a Web-based network that will have tutorials, links to training programs, best practices, and learning plans specific to occupations.


The intent is for small businesses to sign up and indicate which of their Aboriginal employees would benefit from the training.


The project has room for 40 businesses to sign up, but 50 have already shown an interest.