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Workforce Development

2.1 Supporting Educational Opportunities
·                     Sponsor: Husky Energy Inc.
·                     Assists Aboriginal people in achieving greater career success by encouraging them to pursue an advanced education through bursaries for university students, community or technical college students, and secondary school students.
·                     Sponsor: Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL)
·                     Provides training and education scholarships at accredited institutions for students in communities where CNRL has operations, as part of a broader Building Futures Program.
·                     Sponsors: Nexen Inc., ConocoPhillips Canada
·                     Delivers high-quality, comprehensive education choices, increases the academic success of Aboriginal students, and creates a pool of talented employees.
·                     Sponsor: BHP Billiton Limited
·                     Aims to improve the literacy of employees with very low literacy levels, serving as a stepping stone to increase job skills and opportunities.
·                     Sponsor: ConocoPhillips Canada
·                     Exposes interested students to local business, oil and gas, and service industries and implements youth work experience programs with local businesses.
2.2 Supporting Employment-Related Training
·                     Sponsor: Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc.
·                     Assists Aboriginal people in acquiring the apprenticeship training and certification needed to participate in skilled job opportunities in Alberta’s resource-based industries.
·                     Sponsor: Golder Associates Ltd./ Golder Institute
·                     Aims to increase local capacity, employment and business opportunities in environmental field services, impact assessment, environmental monitoring, environmental inspection, and on-and-off-reserve auditing.
·                     Sponsor: Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc.
·                     Aims to increase the education and skill level of Aboriginal adults in north-eastern Alberta for entry-level employability in the resource industry and for further training.
·                     Sponsor: Nabors Canada Ltd.
·                     Enables local Aboriginal people to gain qualifications and skills for entry-level service rig positions by training on a service rig.
·                     Sponsor: Western Lakota Energy Services Inc.
·                     Introduces more Aboriginal individuals to the energy services industry by training those who are highly capable but may be inexperience and lack the necessary tools to take employment positions in the industry.
·                     Sponsor: ConocoPhillips Canada
·                     Aims to increase the qualifications and skill of local Aboriginal people through a local training initiative enabling them to take advantage of operator job opportunities.
·                     Sponsors: Husky Energy Inc., Canadian Natural Resources Limited, EnCana Corporation, Japan Canada Oil Sands Limited (JACOS), ConocoPhillips Canada, Shell Canada Ltd., Petro-Canada Ltd., Nexen Inc., Imperial Oil Resources Ltd.
·                     Prepares local trainees for employment opportunities by developing skills and knowledge required by prospective employers.
·                     Sponsor: Nabors Canada Ltd.
·                     Provides Aboriginal people the opportunity to gain qualifications and skills for entry-level service rig positions at an industry training facility.
·                     Sponsors: Devon Canada Corporation, EnCana Corporation
·                     Provides localized skills enhancement and skills exposure to address retention barriers created by lack of proximity to available service providers and prepares graduates to capitalize on local apprenticeship/ employment opportunities in the Conklin/ Chard region.
          2.3 Supporting Recruitment, Retention & Advancement
·                     Sponsor: Syncrude Canada Ltd.
·                     Uses targeted employment measures to achieve an Aboriginal employee population that reflects the composition of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
·                     Sponsor: Suncor Energy Inc.
·                     Uses various employment, training and education initiatives to achieve an Aboriginal employee population that reflects the Wood Buffalo region demographic.
·                     Sponsor: Nexen Inc.
·                     Aims to increase Nexen’s Aboriginal workforce by maintaining an ongoing presence at educational institutions and building relationships with students.
·                     Sponsor: Canadian Imperial Bank of Canada
·                     Aims to increase the representation of Aboriginal people among career personnel through recruitment and career development.
·                     Sponsor: Suncor Energy Inc.
·                     Aims to decrease addictions as a barrier to employment and increase the number of healthy individuals available for training and employment. This workplace and community initiative is based in two Aboriginal communities: Fort McKay and Fort Chipewyan.
·                     Sponsor: Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd.
·                     Assists in recruiting Aboriginal employees at entry-level positions through selection of suitable candidates in partnership with Aboriginal communities and provision of work-based experience in an industrial setting.
·                     Sponsor: RBC Financial Group
·                     Creates a more receptive work environment for Aboriginal employees by facilitating support networks and recognizing the added value that Aboriginal employees can bring to a company
          2.4 Programs Sponsored by Government and Non-Profit Agencies
·                     Sponsors: Keyano College, Nechi Institute
·                     Prepares addictions practitioners to work with Aboriginal clients in a culturally sensitive manner by blending academic knowledge and Aboriginal values and beliefs to provide an alternative to mainstream addictions educational programs.
·                     Sponsors: Keyano College Foundation, Royal Bank Foundation
·                     Strengthens the entrepreneurship skills and business management capacity of Aboriginal people in the Wood Buffalo region without their having to leave their jobs or relocate their families.
·                     Sponsor: Service Canada
·                     Built on six pillars, each focused on expanding the employment opportunities of Aboriginal people across Canada. They are: capacity building, partnerships, horizontal management, internal Service Canada program integration, the Aboriginal Human Resources Development Agreements (AHRDAs)
·                     Sponsor: Aboriginal Human Resource Development Council
·                     Provides a dedicated career site for the Aboriginal community where employers can search for and locate Aboriginal candidates and where Aboriginal candidates can promote themselves.
·                     Sponsors: Alberta Human Resources and Employment, Alberta Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, Alberta Economic Development, Alberta Finance, Alberta Advanced Education, Alberta Education, Alberta Sustainable Resource Development
·                     Provides accurate, monthly labour force data on Aboriginal people living off reserve in Alberta.
·                     Sponsors: Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Alberta Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, Alberta Human Resources and Employment
·                     Works with Aboriginal communities, businesses and organizations, industry, government, labour, and educational institutions to promote activities and partnerships that increase Aboriginal participation in the labour market.
·                     Sponsor: CAREERS: The Next Generation
·                     Helps Aboriginal youth build a career vision and pathway by enhancing school and workplace-based experiences to allow full and meaningful participation in the labour force.
·                     Sponsors: Alberta Advanced Education, Western Economic Diversification Canada, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, Aboriginal Human Resource Development Council of Canada
·                     Aims to improve the participation of Aboriginal people in Alberta’s apprenticeship program, which will have a positive impact on the economies of Aboriginal communities while addressing the increasing demand for skilled trades people.
·                     Sponsor: National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (NAAF)
·                     Sponsors career fairs to increase Aboriginal students’ awareness of employment opportunities, emerging fields of employment and associated training requirements across diverse sectors of the Canadian workforce.
·                     Sponsor: Wood Buffalo Partners in Aboriginal Training
·                     Gives students the necessary academic and employment skills to either proceed to further formal education of procure and maintain long-term, competitive employment.
·                     Sponsor: Alberta Human Resources and Employment
·                     Provides First Nations people (primarily living on reserve) who are unemployed or underemployed with the skills needed for sustained employment in occupations with long-term employment prospects.
·                     Sponsor: Construction Labour Relations Association
·                     Describes two construction industry training programs: (1) to improve the track record of the construction industry in attracting and retaining Aboriginal people in the apprenticeship stream; (2) to build a more supportive workplace for Aboriginal workers by training employers and particularly front-line supervisors on Aboriginal culture and human resource issues. Note: these programs are no longer offered but were seen as successful by the industry.
·                     Sponsor: Wood Buffalo Partners in Aboriginal Training
·                     Teaches communication, problem solving, assertiveness, planning and study skills in a six-month program. PACE refreshes math, writing and reading skills and helps the student build a career and educational plan that is realistic and attainable.
·                     Sponsor: National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (NAAF)
·                     Aims to increase the number of Aboriginal students pursuing post-secondary education and the number of Aboriginal people returning to the education system.
·                     Sponsor: National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (NAAF)
·                     A collective program aimed at increasing Aboriginal workforce participation while addressing the 70-percent high school drop-out rate among Metis, First Nation and Inuit youth.
·                     Sponsor: Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)
·                     Provides focused pre-employment training for Aboriginal people that leads to employment and a promising career in Petroleum Land Administration, and an increased Aboriginal employment rate.



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