BC Government Supports Village Public Works Technician Program in Mackenzie
ASTTBC created the Public Works Technician model after studying a number of small, medium and larger First Nations communities throughout BC. Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General and MLA for Prince George-Mackenzie, Mike Morris, announced $300,000 in funding to support the training of 8 individuals, half of whom are First Nations. Launched by the College of New Caledonia in collaboration with the MacLeod Lake and two other First Nations, the project will deliver much needed training in water and sewage systems, buildings, fire protection and other municipal services.
Read the BC Government MEDIA RELEASE covering the announcement
ASTTBC first engaged with the Public Works Technician program over 5 years ago when the Association linked with Musqueam First Nation and the First Nation Education Society to study the need for training and then, based on positive feedback, develop the competencies. ASTTBC will launch a new Technical Specialist certification program in 2017 to review and qualify practitioners who complete the program and, through competency assessment, consider applications from others who have acquired the skills and competencies through other means. In addition to this pilot initiative in Mackenzie, ASTTBC is in discussions with other First Nations. At a higher level this initiative fits within the broad goals of ASTTBC’s First Nations Careers Council.