A new partnership announced by the Canadian Bush Plane Heritage Centre, Sault College and Ontario Works will lead to great things say organizers.
Mike Nadeau, commissioner of social services in Sault Ste. Marie says the partnership has been a long time coming, “we’re really trying different ways to strengthen partnerships in the community and ways to invest in people on assistance but also a way for them to give back to the community”
The new partnership is unique and believed to be the first of its kind. 12 people will be trained at the Bushplane Centre in Building maintenance and construction by Sault College instructors. The training will involve construction projects at the Bushplane Centre with a series of minor capital projects allowing the Bushplane centre to benefit from the labour and finished projects. Once the 12 week program is complete, the participants will earn themselves a college certificate as well as a number of valuable employment related certificates.
“our employment team will then kick in and try to get those people jobs within the community” Nadeau said.
“At the end of people will have something tangible to help exit the social assistance program”
Dr. Ron Common, who himself is a board member of the Bushplane Centre as well as President of Sault College says successful graduates may find employment as “building maintenance workers, building operators, handy persons or custodians or they might want to continue their college education”