The Alberta Aboriginal Construction Career Centres (AACCC) is a unique service designed to connect prospective Aboriginal workers with employers recruiting for construction related careers. It is a partnership with NorQuest College, Bow Valley College, the Government of Alberta, First Nation communities, and industry organizations.
Our services will create Aboriginal skills development and employment, while at the same time, assist Alberta business and industry with key human resource objectives. It responds to a business solution to address Alberta’s growth and skilled workforce shortages by engaging the resources of our Aboriginal population in urban and rural communities through career development/training and Aboriginal employment opportunities to support economic development.
In November 2014, the Government of Alberta committed $1 million (over 2 years) for the creation of the AACCC. Scheduled to open in March 2015, the AACCC will connect prospective Aboriginal workers with employers that are recruiting for construction-related careers. The AACCC will receive job postings from business and industry and connect each posting with qualified Aboriginal individuals registered within the Centres. All individuals registered with the Centres will receive job coaching support from a qualified Career Coach to assess qualifications, skill development requirements, and personalized job matching with positions submitted by companies who are registered members of the AACCC.
This 2 year pilot includes the initial establishment of two Career Centres at NorQuest College and Bow Valley College respectively. The pilot allows for the evaluation and measurement of outcomes and provides a foundation to assess the potential for expanding services to include geographic areas outside Alberta’s largest urban areas. The AACCC is structured to achieve the following objectives for the Government of Alberta, Aboriginal Albertans, and prospective employers:
- Increase the number of work-ready Aboriginal jopb seekers throughout the province.
- Address the workforce and skills training needs and goals of urban, rural, remote, and young Aboriginal people in Alberta including opportunities for growth within their communities.
- Increase collaboration and improve coordination between industrial partners to better allow employment and internships of Aboriginal workers, reducing duplication through the creation of an innovative model in the delivery of labor market programs and services for Aboriginal people in Alberta, specific to the construction industry-related and careers sector.
- Collaborate with First Nations, Métis, Inuit and urban Aboriginal organizations, provincial and federal governments, and educational institutions to achieve better educational outcomes for Aboriginal students within the post-secondary system through technical training and career path coaching.
- Implement and maintain an interactive database of Aboriginal workers to ensure beneficial and reciprocal relationships are created and maintained between potential employers and employees.