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2nd February 2012
Barb Groening, NIC
North Island College in Port Hardy is now recruiting eligible students for tuition-free employment programs. We have three programs starting in February, March, and April designed to help unemployed people get back into the workforce and under-employed individuals requiring skills upgrading improve their job prospects.

The programs have been selected to address local skill shortages and to meet local labour market needs.

A Woodland Harvest Certificate Program will be offered Feb. 27th-Aug.31 and is designed for individuals with limited experience, who have a desire to work in the field and gain the fundamental skills to pursue entry level forestry positions. It includes classroom and practical training as well as job readiness and work experience.

A Shellfish Aquaculture Technician Program will be offered Mar.12th-Apr.18th and is designed for those interested in entering this aspect of the aquaculture industry.

Leadership & Capacity Building for First Nations is an 18-day program starting Apr.2nd-May 30th, and is based on developing essential skills in leadership, communications and relationship building. This program will develop skills important in any workplace and is being instructed by a First Nations individual.

Each program is limited to 14 seats which are available on a first come first served basis, so it is important not to wait till the last minute to apply.

The tuition and material costs are being funded through the provincial Employment Skills Access (ESA) initiative. Transportation and living allowance are the participants' responsibility. If participants are receiving income assistance, they may continue to do so while receiving training.

This is a great opportunity to help you make a significant change in your life and move toward fulfilling work.

You are eligible for these programs if:
- You are unemployed and not currently receiving employment insurance (EI) benefits, and have not received EI in the past 3 years or the past 5 years for a maternity/parental claim.
- You are employed with less than 21 hours per week and have not completed high school; or if you have completed high school, you have no post-secondary education towards a degree/diploma or trade certificate.

For more information please check out the attachments or give Barb Groening at North Island College a call at 250-949-7912 ext. 2849