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