NORTH VANCOUVER - Aboriginal learners from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation have new opportunities for skills training thanks to the Aboriginal Training for Employment Program (ATEP) through an investment of $149,250 from the Province.
“Through the BC Jobs Plan, our government has made a strong commitment to the people of this province. Community-based programs like ATEP are one more piece of the puzzle that will help contribute to the long term economic well-being of B.C.”
-North Vancouver-Seymour MLA Jane Thornthwaite
- Government is investing $4 million in ATEP through the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Agreement.
- To be eligible for ATEP, participants must be of Aboriginal heritage, 18 years or older, unemployed and not receiving EI benefits, or employed but without a high school diploma.
- Aboriginal organizations, friendship centres and First Nations offer ATEP projects in urban and rural settings.
- Under the BC Jobs Plan, the Province is committed to providing funding for community based delivery of programs that meet Aboriginal needs.
- Since launching in 2010, over 500 Aboriginal learners throughout the province have benefited from the program.