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August 13, 2018

Ermineskin Cree Nation members learning carpentry trade through innovative program

 

The Pre Employment Supports, Maskwacis Employment Center in partnership with Ermineskin ASETS, Income Support, and Ermineskin Housing Authority have provided a unique carpentry training program for Ermineskin members.

This partnership is to provide training to employment for members to move forward with skills to become employed.

Ermineskin ASETS manager Loralyn Cutarm, Donna Ladouceur Pre Employment Supports coordinator worked in collaboration with Red Deer College to deliver the training in Ermineskin Cree Nation.

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The student’s project was to renovate a home in Ermineskin for a family in the community. In partnership with Ermineskin Housing they provided all materials to renovate the home with the instructor from Red Deer College providing the hands on training. Ermineskin ASETS provided tool belts and transportation supports to ensure all students were work ready.

Pre Employment Supports Program is a national program targeting 18-24 year old Expected to Work participants.

“Upon completion of the training all students will be employed with Ermineskin Housing Authority,” stated Ladouceur.

“Ermineskin leadership continues to encourage integrated services to work collectively for their members,” stated Ladouceur.

Ladouceur said nobody can be forced to educate or train, but this program is a great way to offer the opportunity and encourage people to try something new. Not only did the program offer classroom instruction and a qualified RDC instructor, it was suggested the students could put their skills to the test renovating a house in the area.

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