A new job-creation partnership project will help Indigenous people in and around Clinton gain valuable skills in trail building, while providing the community with enhanced outdoor multi-use recreation spaces.
The Government of British Columbia is providing more than $75,000 toward the 21-week project with Stswecem'c Xgat'tem Development Corporation. The project will provide four people with immediate employment and the skill enhancement and work experience they need to become trail-crew professionals. Through the project, participants will also increase their opportunities for sustainable future employment with transferable skills in forestry and fire-suppression occupations.
“Being able to provide important and meaningful skill enhancement to people who need it, while also improving public spaces, is a win for everyone involved,” said Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. “I look forward to seeing the results of their work.”
Funding for this project is provided through WorkBC’s Community and Employer Partnerships (CEP) program. CEP aims to increase employment opportunities for unemployed British Columbians through partnerships, research and job-creation projects.
“The northern mountain bike and multi-use trail corridor attracts outdoor enthusiasts from all over, and these people inject money into these small communities. They’re staying in hotels, eating at restaurants and visiting local shops,” said Thomas Schoen, CEO, First Journey Trails. “I’m thrilled that we are in position now where we can train more local trail builders in their communities. We need these local workers so we can maintain these trails in the future and continue to provide much-needed tourism revenue to the North.”
The program intake began July 27, 2020. Training will run from mid-August through until Dec. 18.
- More than $19 million was invested in CEP projects throughout B.C. in 2019-20.
- CEP’s goal is to increase employment and work experience opportunities in communities throughout B.C.
Learn how CEPs are helping local communities: www.workbc.ca/Employment-Services/Community-and-Employer-Partnerships.aspx