In 2011, Gabriel Dumont Institute and the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada signed an agreement under the federal Skills and Partnership Fund for the Aboriginal Apprenticeship Initiative. The Initiative will receive $2.4 million over two years and has a primary goal of increasing Aboriginal participation in apprenticeship and skilled trades.
This newsletter is a step towards introducing a uniform and consistent approach to encouraging and developing apprenticeship opportunities. It presents definition of and rationale for apprenticeship and identifies GDI’s strategic partners in the initiative as well as their roles and responsibilities. GDI staff and potential apprentices may find this newsletter useful.
The GDI Aboriginal Apprenticeship Initiative is an important part of workplace training investment by the Government of Canada, GDI strategic partners – the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Commission, Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure, and the Dumont Technical Institute, as well as many important industry partners who employ Aboriginal apprentices.
GDI partners with employers and links and supports employers and apprentices through the journeyperson certification. Issue 2 of our Volume 1 newsletter explores possible ways of encouraging effective employer engagement in Aboriginal apprenticeship.