Over the years, ATCO has initiated training programs that help build capacity with our Indigenous partners. Including:
STEC program- Jansen project
In Saskatchewan, the Indigenous population is expected to be over 30 per cent by 2045. Armed with statistics about the demographics and employment landscape, we partnered with Saskatchewan Tourism to develop an employment training program that helped Indigenous groups transition to successful careers within our workforce housing lodge. Members of our partner communities learned about customer service and food safety for success in their roles as receptionists, cooks, camp attendants and maintenance personnel.
Blue Flame Kitchen Skills program
Developed from the ground up, the Blue Flame Kitchen Skills joint-venture program with Woodland Cree was open to adults in the community as well as students. Aimed at reducing drop-out rates among Indigenous junior high and high school students, the program excites adults and students by giving them a taste of work in the culinary industry.
This program was also replicated in Fort St. John, BC with our ATCO Two Rivers Lodging Group at BC Hydro's Site C.
Our focus is to find the best person for the job. To do that, we actively assess the needs, desires and skills of those in the various communities we work with through different initiatives. We then match them with suitable opportunities and provide the additional training to ensure that the work is a good fit for the individuals and the company, from administrative to manufacturing.
Within each community we partner with, we create an economic development committee, that includes members from the chief and council and from ATCO. They meet on a monthly basis to discuss ways to bridge connections for projects that benefit all involved.
As a part of building strong and lasting relationships with our Indigenous partners, we invest in community events that celebrate and further our understanding of each other.
We support Treaty Days, like Woodland Cree First Nation, and cultural celebrations, such as George Gordan First Nation powwow, Kawacatoose First Nation powwow, and fundraising golf tournaments for Fort McKay and Haisla First Nations.
The ATCO Structures & Logistics Scholarship program supports Indigenous students from Indigenous communities close to our major project areas in acquiring post-secondary education. Applicants will be selected to receive the scholarship based on their demonstration of commitment to education, leadership capabilities and community involvement.
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