PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. – The UA Piping Industry College of BC (UAPICBC) and the Lax Kw’alaams community held a graduation ceremony recently for the graduates of the Aboriginal People in Trades Training (AITT) program in Prince Rupert.
The program was delivered through UAPICBC and the Lax Kw’alaams with the support of the Industry Training Authority (ITA) and the AITT initiatives. Some of the 30 graduates have already registered to continue their construction training or have enrolled in a piping foundation course.
"B.C.’s economy is forecasted to be one of Canada’s strongest in the coming years and our Aboriginal initiatives are an important part of ensuring that British Columbians are first in line for
future job opportunities in trades," said Gary Herman, ITA chief executive officer in a statement.
UAPICBC acknowledged the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, and through the Canada-BC Jobs Fund Agreement administered through ITA.
The Aboriginal Opportunities for Trades Upgrading program provides preparation for technical training, essential skills, math and technology upgrading, and other workforce skills training to eligible participants. Graduates have the opportunity to move on to further skilled trades training based on their assessed ability and need, enabling them to work towards full certification.