A project between the BC government and the Gitxsan Development Corporation hopes to connect local people with local jobs.
The province is providing over $178,000 for the Labour Market Partnership to develop a labour force profile, training assessment and human resource strategy to five Gitxsan communities.
Over the course of the ten-month project, community-based research assistants in Kispiox, Glen Vowel, Gitanmaax, Gitsegukla, and Kitwanga plan to interview 80% of local businesses and community members. The goal is to create profiles of workers’ existing skill sets and gaps along with current and future job opportunities and in-demand skills.
Gitxsan Development Corporation president Rick Connors says the project will help train Gitxsan members for jobs and connect their training tickets to local job opportunities.
Connors says the plan will also help the communities identify skills gaps and ensure members have the training local employers are looking for.