Study to help local First Nations connect with industry

Thu, Jun 25, 2015

Langley, B.C. - An eight-month collaborative study between Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) and several Lower Mainland First Nations will pave the way to connecting local Aboriginal communities with industry, and the in-demand skills needed to thrive in it.

Funded by the provincial government, this Labour Market Partnership will compile a list of sought-after skills and jobs, and survey First Nations communities to identify existing employment and training gaps. The final report will feature strategies around skills training and development to help First Nations secure employment in local industry.

The study, which received over $156,000 from the B.C. government, partners the Kwikwetlem, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations with KPU. Initial industry participants include Woodfibre LNG and Fortis BC, among others.

Interested employers are encouraged to contact the university's continuing and professional studies department for information about how to participate in the study. Contact information and more about CPS at KPU is available at

The original news release can be read here.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has been serving the Metro Vancouver region since 1981, and has opened doors to success for more than 250,000 people. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs, including business, liberal arts, science, design, health, trades and technology, horticulture, and academic and career advancement. Over 19,000 students annually have a choice from over 124 programs, including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates citations and apprenticeships. Learn more at


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