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Training enables Aboriginal people to enter Saskatchewan Piping Industry

Apr 30, 2015

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April 30, 2015

“Investing in Aboriginal skills training is allowing CIMS to man their projects with local workers, which in turn supports our community at no additional cost”

The first cohort of the CIMS Limited Partnership eight-week job readiness program will be graduating on April 30, 2015. The graduates will then move on to job sites as apprentices and also recommended for initiation to become members of Pipe Welders Local 179.

The program provides a thorough introduction to the Pipe Trades and provides the necessary hands-on skills training, support, and guidance to ensure that graduates are better equipped to succeed in the industry. It is offered in partnership with the Saskatchewan Piping Industry Joint Training Board, Saskatoon Tribal Council, and the Saskatchewan Building Trades. Ten of the 13 Aboriginal students in the program were sponsored by CIMS. Gabriel Dumont Institute is assisting with the transition from job readiness to apprenticeship training as the graduates are placed with employers.

Todd Verbeke, the CIMS Limited Partnership General Manager for Saskatchewan, noted that, “We are excited to create opportunities and empower these young Aboriginal men and women acquire the in-demand knowledge and skills that will enable them attain a happy, safe and prosperous future for them and their families.”

Asked why she applied for the program, a trainee stated that: “I’m tired of working many short-term jobs. I’m here to make a career out of this opportunity to better myself and my family.”

“The focus by CIMS on enabling unemployed Aboriginal persons to develop marketable skills is timely and commendable,” said Lisa Wilson, the Director of Gabriel Dumont Institute Training and Employment. “Under the GDI Aboriginal Apprenticeship Project we are providing job coaching, wage subsidies, and cost of indenturing for 10 Aboriginal apprentices to pursue journeyperson certification as pipe fitters, iron workers, and millwrights.”

The Graduation Ceremony will commence at 2:00 pm on April 30, 2015 followed by an Open House at the CIMS Saskatchewan Office and Pipe Fabrication Facility, 3339 Faithfull Avenue, Saskatoon Saskatchewan.

For further information, please contact

Todd Verbeke, General Manager
CIMS Limited Partnership
Phone: (306) 986-1381
Email: tverbeke@cimsltd.com

James Oloo
Research Coordinator
Gabriel Dumont Institute Training & Employment
917 22nd Street West
Saskatoon SK S7M 0R9
Phone: (306) 657 -2251
Email: james.oloo@gdite.gdins.org

CIMS Limited Partnership is Canadian owned and operated. It specializes in industrial construction and maintenance across Western Canada where it provide services for the largest plant shutdowns and complex industrial projects in the Oil & Gas, Mining & Industrial, Pulp & Paper, and Power Generation sectors. CIMS is committed to supporting cohorts of Aboriginal individuals from initial training in building trades through to journeyperson status.

Gabriel Dumont Institute was incorporated in 1980 to serve the educational and cultural needs of Saskatchewan’s Métis community. The Institute has the capacity to enter into partnerships through its various entities, including GDI Training & Employment, a service delivery organization that partners with business and industry to provide training and employment opportunities to the Métis.

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