Investing in Aboriginal learning at TRU

B.C.’s Jobs for Skills Blueprint for the Aboriginal Community-Based Delivery Partnerships Program at Thompson Rivers University

More than $1 million is being invested as a part of B.C.’s Jobs for Skills Blueprint for the Aboriginal Community-Based Delivery Partnerships Program at Thompson Rivers University.

Six projects at TRU in partnership with eight Aboriginal communities throughout the region deliver education and skills training to 74 Aboriginal learners, ranging from academic upgrading through to formal qualifications.

“This program is the foundation to improve learning outcomes for Aboriginal students by ensuring they have the necessary skills and qualifications to enter the B.C. labour market,” Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Todd Stone said.

“Not only will Aboriginal learners benefit from attaining the necessary training and education to start their career, the skills attained from the program will help support the needs and priorities of each community participating in the program,” Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Terry Lake said.

In April 2014, the B.C. government introduced B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint and committed to continuing to provide funding for community-based skills and training programs that meet Aboriginal learners’ needs and help prepare them to enter B.C.’s labour market.