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SK investing in growing Indigenous workforce for forestry sector

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June 6, 2024
By Talent Canada

The provincial government is investing in the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) to deliver two training initiatives addressing the need for new workers in the forestry sector.

SIIT delivers programs that reflect current labour market needs of Saskatchewan’s Indigenous communities. The Forestry Log Haul Step Program will support up to 20 individuals in gaining the 980 hours of experience required to become fully licensed log haul drivers. SIIT will also assist new drivers in finding employment opportunities and establishing connections with employers in the forestry sector.

In addition, this funding will support the purchase of two Simlog Simulators for SIIT’s mobile job connection program, which helps job seekers in First Nation and northern communities gain virtual work-site training, and learn safety-conscious operating habits for heavy equipment.

“This investment will help fill the thousands of jobs our forestry sector is creating in northern Saskatchewan,” said Jeremy Harrison, Immigration and Career Training Minister. “Partnerships like this are an essential component of the province’s labour market strategy, ensuring Saskatchewan people have access to the skills and training needed to fill the jobs our economy is creating.”

“SIIT is committed to supporting First Nation’s continued growth in the natural resource sector,” added Lisa Shingoose, SIIT vice-president of employment development and career services. “No group has more experience with responsible stewardship of the land nor a more vested interest in its sustainability. SIIT is very thankful for this investment and the training it will support.”

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