In-house train­ing

Suc­cess­ful part­ner­ship for Dart­mouth com­pany, Mi’kmaw Eco­nomic Ben­e­fits Of­fice

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS - MEM­BER­TOU

A mem­ber of Mem­ber­tou First Na­tion suc­cess­fully took part in a Dart­mouth com­pany's in­house train­ing pro­gram for me­tal fab­ri­cat­ing and weld­ing.

Lacey Paul was one of six abo­rig­i­nals from Nova Sco­tia and New Brunswick who started the pro­gram. Paul and four oth­ers suc­cess­fully com­pleted the six­month course and all five were of­fered jobs with Cheru­bini Me­tal Works in Dart­mouth.

This pro­gram was of­fered in part­ner­ship with the Mi’kmaw Eco­nomic Ben­e­fits Of­fice.

Owen Fitzger­ald, di­rec­tor with the Mi’kmaw ben­e­fits of­fice, said he and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Alex Paul, first met with Cheru­bini more than a year ago. The ben­e­fits of­fice fo­cuses on build­ing part­ner­ships with in­dus­try in Nova Sco­tia.

“This was the start of what is now a very fruit­ful part­ner­ship,” said Fitzger­ald.

Jane Cau­dle, hu­man re­source man­ager for Cheru­bini, de­scribed how these stu­dents learned in six months of train­ing in-shop, what oth­ers would take two years to learn.

“This is a unique in-house train­ing pro­gram we de­vel­oped with the help of the Mi’kmaw Eco­nomic Ben­e­fits Of­fice and it has been a great suc­cess.”

These in­di­vid­u­als worked on projects Cheru­bini is do­ing for Irv­ing Ship­build­ing, the Mac­don­ald Bridge pro­ject and the Nova Cen­tre.

Cau­dle also said the re­cruit­ment process with the ben­e­fits of­fice was im­por­tant, as this kind of work is not for ev­ery­one.

With a grow­ing busi­ness and grow­ing need for good skilled work­ers, Cheru­bini is al­ready dis­cussing a sec­ond train­ing pro­gram with the Mi’kmaw ben­e­fits of­fice.

The Mi’kmaw Eco­nomic Ben­e­fits Of­fice works for all First Na­tion com­mu­ni­ties in the area and to date, it has trained more than 900 in­di­vid­u­als and helped cre­ate more than 400 jobs for lo­cal abo­rig­i­nals.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Left to right, Tayla Paul of Pic­tou Land­ing First Na­tion, Lacey Paul of Mem­ber­tou First Na­tion and Jeremy Paul of Paqtnkek First Na­tion grad­u­ated from an in-house train­ing pro­gram for me­tal fab­ri­cat­ing and weld­ing of­fered by Cheru­bini Me­tal Works of Dart­mouth in part­ner­ship with the Mi’kmaw Eco­nomic Ben­e­fits Of­fice. Also grad­u­at­ing were Neil Howe from In­dian Brook and Jamie Paties from Eel River Ground, N.B.

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