WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - June 8, 2012) - Mr. Lawrence Toet, Member of Parliament for Elmwood-Transcona, today announced a Government of Canada investment to provide skills development opportunities for 180 Aboriginal people in Winnipeg to help them find and keep good jobs. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
The Government of Canada will invest over $4 million from the Skills and Partnership Fund in BUILD (Building Urban Industries for Local Development) for its Home Retrofit Training project.
"Our Government's top priority is job creation, economic growth and long-term prosperity," said Mr. Toet. "That is why we work with organizations like BUILD to ensure Aboriginal people are able to take full advantage of economic opportunities."
Through is Home Retrofit Training project, the organization will provide training and work experiences in carpentry, interior systems management and plumbing trades to Aboriginal people in Winnipeg. In addition, project participants will receive additional training and support to properly transition into employment or continue their education.
"The Government of Canada's support has allowed BUILD to double in size and to move more Aboriginal people into the trades," said Mr. Shaun Loney, Executive Director of BUILD. "We are very thankful for this partnership."
The Skills and Partnership Fund is part of the Government's approach to help First Nations, Métis and Inuit get training and work experience to secure sustainable, meaningful employment.
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Launched in July 2010, the Skills and Partnership Fund encourages Aboriginal organizations to create partnerships with government, business and community organizations that drive change, improve skills training and create opportunities for Aboriginal people.
The Government of Canada is investing $210 million over five years in this partnership-based, opportunity-driven fund. The Fund supports projects that encourage innovation, test new approaches and address systemic gaps in the delivery of employment services for Aboriginal Canadians to ensure this growing population can fully share in economic opportunities. All Aboriginal organizations are eligible to apply for funding under the program.
The Skills and Partnership Fund responds to the changing needs and priorities of the labour market while providing opportunities for Aboriginal people to fully participate in Canada's economy.
The Government of Canada also supports the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy, which is an integrated approach to Aboriginal labour market programming that links training to labour market demand. The Strategy supports more than 80 Aboriginal organizations in the delivery of programs and services to increase Aboriginal participation in the Canadian labour market. It focuses on three strategic priorities: supporting skills development; fostering partnerships with the private sector and the provinces and territories; and accountability and results. The program was launched in April 2010 with funding of $1.6 billion over five years.