VANCOUVER & SURREY - Aboriginal residents will have access to new training and employment opportunities after the City of Vancouver and the City of Surrey signed a memorandum of understanding on April 10th with the Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society (ACCESS).The partnership will help Aboriginal applicants become job-ready through a customized training program for clerical positions at the two municipalities.
“The City of Vancouver is one of the region’s largest employers and a strong supporter of improving opportunity for our urban Aboriginal community,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “We’re pleased to take a leadership role in creating learning and employment opportunities for citizens who might not otherwise be able to access them.”
“Surrey has the largest population of urban Aboriginal youth in the region,” said Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts. “It’s very important that we create employment and training opportunities that meet the needs of our Aboriginal population so they can participate in the labour market in a full and meaningful way.”
The initiative, which is facilitated through ACCESS's Essential Skills for Aboriginal Futures program, commits both cities to guiding and assisting applicants through a nine-week training program that will teach clerical, administrative and library circulation skills.
At the end of the training, students will be interviewed for positions the municipalities have identified at the City of Vancouver, City of Surrey, Vancouver Public Library, Surrey Libraries and the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation. Applicants will be considered for employment if they meet the required qualifications.
The participation of the municipalities in the program underscores Vancouver and Surrey’s ongoing commitment to enhancing Aboriginal employment opportunities and improving social and economic conditions for urban Aboriginal Peoples in Metro Vancouver. Vancouver has the third largest urban Aboriginal population among Canadian cities.