"There is a high demand for a skilled workforce today and in the future in the Peace region," argues Susan Yurkovich, B.C. Hydro's Executive Vice-President for the Site C project, "By increasing access to trades training for Aboriginal people today, our intent is to benefit Aboriginal students and provide a foundation for the future."
This comes just two months after B.C. Hydro announced $1 million to support trades and skills training at Northern Lights College’s Dawson Creek campus.
The NEATT program offers pre-college preparation, trade careers exploration, personal development, as well as workplace essential literacy and numeracy skill-building. The investment will be used to help with tuition and costs for Aboriginal people pursuing trades training programs outside of NLC.
"It is very important for people to be able to access training that gives them the skills that are in demand in our industries, and here in our region, trades are in high demand," explains Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm. "This program will support Aboriginal people in transitioning into trades training courses and obtaining those skills."
The funding can also be used by NENAS in the first year to support people attending NLC, before B.C. Hydro's bursaries come into effect in the 2013/2014 school year.