MLTC Industrial Investments partners with Northern Career Quest to build First Nation workforce.
MLTC Industrial Investments LP (MLTCII), the management company that oversees the Meadow Lake Tribal Council’s corporate holdings, has secured funding through Northern Career Quest (NCQ) to help develop and train First Nations people for new positions thatare arising within the MLTCII group of companies.
The Northern Career Quest program, which is funded jointly by industry and government partners, has a history of building a strong Aboriginal workforce. The booming provincial economy means that it is more important than ever to engage Aboriginal workers to participate in these benefits by training for high-demand positions.
Over the next two years, Industrial Investments expects to see unprecedented growth at its flagship companies: NorSask Forest Products, Polar Oils and MLTC Northern Trucking. This program will help ensure that First Nation people will have access to training to prepare for these positions. With NorSask working toward a second shift, and Polar Oils and Northern Trucking planning expansions, the NCQ training program will help fill the increased demand for journeymen and apprentice millwrights, mechanics, mill workers and administrative staff.
According to Trevor Reid, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at MLTCII, the program has the company’s full support. “We value a diverse, well-trained workforce. The NCQ program will help us attract and retain employees from the First Nation communities that are the shareholders in our companies”
“This is a win-win-win situation,” says Norma Billette, the Human Resources Advisor at MLTCII who will be recruiting participants for the program. “The funding will provide benefits to our companies, our communities, and most importantly, for the workers themselves.”