Employment & Training
The Human Resources section of IRC was created to provide human resource services to the Inuvialuit Corporate Group and to assist in implementing the objectives of Section 16 in the IFA. Development of economic self-reliance is promoted primarily through development, implementation and funding of employment and training programs that enable beneficiaries to access and be successful in the work force.
Funding is accessed from several organizations to augment that received through the Aboriginal Human Resources Development (AHRDA) with Human Resources Development Canada. Major projects supported included Year One of the Natural Resources Technology Program, the Criminal Justice Program, Adult Basic Education (through the NWT Training Centre), University College Entrance Program and Careers in Trades and Technology.
Human Resources staff continues to provide year round assistance to beneficiaries in career planning and guidance, pre-employment skills and referrals to appropriate agencies for education and employment information. An average of thirty beneficiaries per week seeks assistance from the office during the year.
Renewed interest in oil and gas within the ISR continues to increase the number of beneficiaries seeking employment assistance from an expanded Human Resources staff. Employment and Training Officers work directly with industry to assist in coordinating recruitment tours and searching for potential Inuvialuit employees.
Throughout the year there was on-going effort to partner with a variety of organizations including GNWT's Department of Education, Culture and Employment, Aurora College, Human Resources Development Canada and other agencies whose interests or programs have an impact on employment and training in the ISR. This has been formalized through the Regional Training Committee. As a result, the Inuvik Works program was developed and implemented with funding obtained through the Urban Aboriginal Initiatives program.
Recently three new Career Development programs were launched: Human Resource Management, Careers in Aviation and Careers in Engineering. Others being developed include a Certificate in Linguistics and Native Language as well as Careers in Oil and Gas.