The Industry Training Authority (ITA), in partnership with Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will strengthen employment opportunities for Métis people.
The agreement will create an appropriate cultural approach to an apprenticeship pathway and experience, and support community members in obtaining certification in their trades.
“ITA has been a strong supporter of Métis people in B.C., and the signing of this MOU ensures that Métis apprentices will always have access to a sponsor as they move through their trades training towards their Red Seal,” said Clara Morin Dal Col, president of Métis Nation British Columbia. “Completing trades training will have a major impact on not only the individual, but it also sets an example for future generations. This MOU demonstrates ITA’s commitment to Indigenous apprentices and is yet another way that MNBC can support its most valuable resource—its people.”
The MOU expands on MNBC’s priorities for creating rewarding employment opportunities and reflects its values in fostering partnerships and relationships. Providing apprentices with access to quality training and supports through to certification helps them obtain good-paying jobs and improves their standard of living.
“Our partnership with Métis Nation British Columbia will foster Indigenous, employer, business, and industry collaboration that will strongly support increased apprenticeships and trades success for Métis people throughout the province,” said Michael Cameron, director of Indigenous Initiatives at ITA. “Increasing community- and regional-based training and employment raises the profile of trades professions as a high-opportunity career, not only for Indigenous people but also for all British Columbians.”