Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment and Training Association (PGNAETA) : Trades Access Program
Since 2008, PGNAETA’s Trades Department has offered 12 Trades Access Programs (TAP) as the only Access service of its kind in Canada. The initial program was offered as a pilot with great success with twelve (12) participants starting and 11 successfully completing all components of the program.
Our services are described in four (4) main categories: assessment, trades access program, trades industry safety certification and trades entry. Trades staff work with Aboriginal citizens to assist with their trade choices and individualized action plans.
The services enable Aboriginal citizens who reside within the urban community the opportunity to engage in planning for a lifelong career in a trade.
The 12 week access service is designed to offer the participants multiple levels of education and training to following through to secure a seat in the foundational trade courses with participating colleges and / or training institutes.
The trade department services are as follows;
Each client entering the trades department registering to determine what their short and long term education, training and employment goals are for the future. The general registration process includes the following registration package;
√ Participant Information Form – PIF
√ Service Needs Determination
√ Client Risk Assessment
√ Client Statement
√ Test of Workplace Essential Skills – TOWES Assessment (pre and post)
√ Pre-EMAT (English and Math Admissions Test)
√ Myers – Briggs
The four (4) 12 week soft skills, workplace essential skills, trades Math and English, pre & post EMAT tests, industry speakers with potential employment opportunities.
Safety certification to include 1st aid, transportation endorsement, H2S Alive, construction safety (confined space / working at elevations / hearing test, etc), required safety gear and on occasion a forklift certificate.
The fourth module of the access initiative is to help participants to secured employment.
Program content, especially the ES training , is tailored to the specific trade participants are seeking. Each student completes an Individual Enhance Plan outlining their ES skill needs (based on ES assessment and occupational ES requirements). The IEP is used to track participant progress over the 12 weeks.
Upon completing the TAP, the participants continue to focus on their individualized action plans which may consist of securing their adult dogwood certificate, completing college entrance pre-requisites, securing employment and / or all three (3) of the action plans at once, which has occurred with many of the previous TAP graduates.
Karen Hunt, Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment and Training Association
198 Kingston Street Prince George, British Columbia V2L 1C3