K’emk’emelay Indigenous Pre-Employment Skills Training

by Isadore Phillips

Happy Easter,

We are wrapping up our last quarter of our training sessions here at the Circle of Eagles Lodge Society Resource office for the 2019-2020 fiscal. This past year has been great quite busy at the office with individuals coming into the office they come from as far away currently as New Westminster, White Rock and Surrey. Individuals come into the office to participate in the sessions at the office and some of the Certificate Trainings offered relating to employment in the Construction and Trades Industry. We have another 3 solid weeks of training and information sessions for the clients with the most beneficial one being the employer information sessions. Current Progress of the clients so far this quarter is as follows based on their individual needs when they come into the Circle of Eagles Resource Center office

Employed 7
Participating in Training 8
Returned to Education 2
Other 2

70 Clients have come through the doors of the office looking for support and assistance with developing or updating resumes and cover letters; refining job search skills and participating in the certificate training program where a variety of topics are discussed. A majority of our clients have started working, have entered other training programs or are returning to school and they all leave with the option to come back to the office to visit and spend time with the staff at the office.

The K’em K’em elay Training and Employment Program offers a variety of certificates to our clients:

  1. Food Safe
  2. Confined Space
  3. Fall Protection
  4. Traffic Control
  5. Fork Lift
  6. Scissor Lift
  7. Occupational First Aid Level 1
  8. Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems
  9. Transportation of Dangerous Goods

So far, we have had people from a construction company, a reclamation company and traffic control share with the participants what opportunities exist for them with employment after certification. Looking at the planning for the upcoming year I would like to identify though personal contacts a person from the movie sets to come share opportunities with the participants of the training program. These information sessions throughout the training sessions are beneficial as it allows the participants to expand their options during the 10 weeks of the training program.

I am pleased that this year we have Identified Annabelle Peeteetuce as our success story as her participation leads her to a supervisory position with a traffic control company. At the office we can tell when she comes into the office as her laughter is unique and we all enjoy her company

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