Niagara Indigenous Body Partners With Niagara College “JOURNEY TO SUCCESS” Essential Skills Indigenous Youth Training Program

“Helping Indigenous people get the skills and training they need to find good jobs will grow the economy, strengthen the middle class and help those working hard to join it,”Patty Hajdu, Canada’s Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

News from the Niagara Peninsula Aboriginal Area Management Board and Niagara College

Posted March 14th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

– The Niagara Peninsula Aboriginal Area Management Board (NPAAMB) is pleased to announce the federal government funding of the “JOURNEY TO SUCCESS” program for urban Indigenous youth in southern Ontario. NPAAMB will design, deliver and evaluate the impact of a culturally relevant and demand driven essential skills training program over 48 months.

The federal government is contributing $2,966,400 over 48 months to help improve the quality of essential skills training in hospitality, tourism and healthcare for urban Indigenous youth (ages 18-30) in southern Ontario.

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program (ALLESP). Through Employment and Social Development Canada’s (ESDC) literacy and essential skills programming, the Government is making strategic investments to improve jobseekers’ and workers’ access to quality training now and into the future.

The total value of the project is $3,754,150 with 20% contributed by various local partners to the project. The program will serve participants in the five (5) service areas of NPAAMB including Fort Erie, St. Catharines, Hamilton, Brantford and Kitchener-Waterloo. 

In partnership with Niagara College and YMCA Employment and Immigrant Services of Niagara and seven (7) other community partners, NPAAMB will evaluate the integration of essential skills and on the job work experience into each 21 week training cohort to support Indigenous youth to better prepare for, get and keep jobs. Each successful youth participant will receive a Certificate of Completion from Niagara College as a result.

As Indigenous youth are the fastest growing demographic in Canada, NPAAMB believes the strengths-based approach and culturally rich program will assist participants to develop the skills necessary to identify and take active steps towards their employment goals and career paths, in demand driven occupations.

“Preparing youth to make an informed choice about their future sets them up for success. The next step after the Journey to Success program will be further training and/or apprenticeship registration, academic upgrading for the purpose of entering post-secondary education and/or securing direct employment as a result of the training.” says Shari St. Peter, Executive Director of NPAAMB.

“NPAAMB is responding to what employers are asking for- essential skills and soft skills preparation in addition to the technical training required to enter a variety of industries”. 

“Breaking down barriers to employment for Indigenous people will ensure that everyone has a real and fair chance at success. Helping Indigenous people get the skills and training they need to find good jobs will grow the economy, strengthen the middle class and help those working hard to join it” says The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.

NPAAMB provides skills development and training opportunities for urban Indigenous youth in southern Ontario. We attract, develop and motivate young Indigenous talent by respecting their diverse cultural identities and working closely with the communities we serve. 

NPAAMB would like to extend our gratitude to the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour and ESDC’s Office of Literacy and Essential Skills for their support of this exciting initiative.

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