Over the past few months, Petroglyph Development Group have (PDG) been working with Nanaimo Youth Services Association (NYSA) to create skill development and employment opportunities, both of which are PDG corporate objectives.
A memorandum of understanding was signed between PDG and NYSA to develop and implement an employment and training program offered to Snuneymuxw citizens to accomplish our shared objectives. The 22-week employment program began in the first week of January 2019 starting with 6 weeks of in-class training resulting in participants receiving approximately 10 entry level certificates leading to job placement for the remaining 16 weeks.
The PDG—NYSA partnership creates opportunity for Snuneymuxw young people to develop their personal and professional work skills and gain valuable work experience within PDG corporate operations.
We are very proud to announce the graduation of all 18 participants from the training portion of the program. The participants began their job placements on February 26, 2019 with PDG and its companies, including Saysutshun (Newcastle Island), Saysutshun Ferry Service, and Petroglyph Forestry. The program will continue until early June.
Over the course of the training the participants were given the opportunity to acquire the following certificates:
- First Aid OFA1 with CPRC, Transportation Endorsement, and Naloxone Training
- Foodsafe Level One
- Serving It Right
- Cashier Basics
- Drivers’ License “L” Testing
- Chainsaw Training
- Fire Suppression S100
As well as some soft skills training, such as:
- Snuneymuxw Cultural Classes:
- Douglas Treaty, History, and Traditions
- Hulquminum Language
- Snuneymuxw Economic Development
- Life Skills:
- Budgeting and Money
- Professional Appearance
- Interpersonal Communication
- Resume Writing
- Nutrition, Diet, and Basic Food Prep
- Addictions Awareness
- Interviewing and Networking
We look forward to continuing to work with the program participants and offering the program again next year.