After successfully completing the Level 1 Carpentry training program, Rebecca found work quickly. With the program's combination of skills development, hands-on experience and safety training her work was highly prized by employers. She plans to upgrade to Level 2 this year.
Leaving a Legacy: Community Service
Providing work experience through community service projects
Canada has recognized the commitment of Aboriginal Skills Group in achieving not only excellence in training but leading innovation that reflects the changing landscape of labour market programming.
Implementing the Community Service Learning Model helps strengthen Aboriginal Skills Group success and assists its students in developing valuable skills and experience. Students also develop a sense of community, strengthen their leadership skills and leave a lasting legacy of commitment and dedication in communities.
Community Service Learning Model
The Community Service Learning model takes training to the next level by integrating work, learning, and civic responsibility. In keeping with these innovative solutions for employment and education, Aboriginal Skills Group is pursuing work opportunities for Aboriginal people through involvement in their communities. Aboriginal Skills Group is committed to providing aboriginal people with the opportunities to succeed.
Aboriginal Skills Group’s success can be attributed to the strategic development of training programs driven by industry demands and its unique ability to provide students with the practical experience required before entering the workforce. Although many of Aboriginal Skills Group graduates are immediately employed in their field of study, some students are unable to obtain employment. Much of this can be attributed to a lack of experience in their chosen profession. The Aboriginal Skills Group Community Service Learning Model provides students with the practical learning experience; while receiving fair compensation; and the opportunity to give back to their community.
Community experience is invaluable; students apply the lessons learned in the classroom to real-life situations while positively contributing to their communities.
To date Aboriginal Skills Group’s graduates have participated in these Community Service projects:
• Klahowya Village, Stanley Park, Vancouver
• Native Education Centre, Vancouver
• The Construction of the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, Whistler: