Coastal GasLink and Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline projects have joined together in support of the Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment and Training Association (PGNAETA). The joint donation, totaling just over $250,000, will support PGNAETA programs aimed at building transferable workplace based literacy and essential skills in Aboriginal communities and meeting the demand for local, skilled labour required by energy related projects, including natural gas pipelines.
This is the first initiative in TransCanada’s Pathway to Pipeline Readiness program. The program is focused on helping to build northern B.C.’s skilled labour force, with the goal of increasing workers’ transferable skills.
The Government of Canada has contributed to this initiative through the Aboriginal Skills Employment and Training Strategy. These workplace-based essential skills programs are offered through PGNAETA’s Aboriginal Gateway Training Centre, which is dedicated to training, preparing and assisting participants to secure meaningful full-time employment. TransCanada’s donation will provide 48 Aboriginal students access to the 16-week program.
PGNAETA was incorporated in 1993 with the mandate to serve the Aboriginal community (on and off reserve, status and non-status Indians, and Inuit peoples) residing in the northern interior of British Columbia, in the field of Human Resource Development.
Those interested in learning more should visit the PGNAETA’s website.