Syncrude invests in Aboriginal career development

Aug 15, 2016

An initiative designed to connect prospective Aboriginal workers with employers recruiting for construction careers has received a major boost from Syncrude. The company has invested $100,000 in the NorQuest College Alberta Aboriginal Construction Career Centre (AACCC), becoming the largest single contributor to date.

An initiative designed to connect prospective Aboriginal workers with employers recruiting for construction careers has received a major boost from Syncrude. The company has invested $100,000 in the NorQuest College Alberta Aboriginal Construction Career Centre (AACCC), becoming the largest single contributor to date.

 

The two-year pilot project opened in March 2015 after receiving $1 million in funding from the Government of Alberta. Also operating out of Calgary’s Bow Valley College, the AACCC’s services help create Aboriginal skills development and employment, while at the same time, assisting Alberta businesses and industry with key human resource objectives. Among its goals are increasing the number of work-ready Aboriginal job seekers in Alberta, addressing the workforce and skills training needs of young Aboriginal people and increasing collaboration and improving coordination with industry.

 

“One of Syncrude’s long-held values is ensuring Aboriginal people share in the benefits of developing oil sands,” President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Ward said in a news release issued on August 10. “Investing in this centre is one way we can continue to meet that goal.”

 

Syncrude is one of the largest private-sector employers of Aboriginal people in Canada. Of its total workforce, more than 9% are of self-declared First Nations, Métis or Inuit descent.

 

”This sponsorship will help better prepare people with the skills needed to take advantage of the opportunities available in Alberta. The Edmonton AACCC has become a key player in training and employment opportunities for Indigenous people in central and northern Alberta,” added AACCC manager, Ruby Littlechild.