(09 August 2012 – Vancouver) – The Mining Association of BC commends the federal government’s funding commitment of $10 million over the next three years to support the British Columbia Aboriginal Mine Training Association (BC AMTA).
“The allocation of $10 million in federal funding ensures that BC AMTA will have the capacity to continue providing meaningful training and support for aboriginal candidates who want to work in the mining and mineral processing industry, ”said Karina Briño, President and CEO, Mining Association of BC. “BC AMTA’s unique services help people find work in their own communities allowing them to earn a good living while maintaining family and cultural ties.”
BC AMTA is comprised of partners in industry, government, educators and first nations who committed to sharing costs to implement the Aboriginal skills training program which began in November 2009. Individual partners have further committed to support the program through provision of employment opportunities.
Working closely with their mining partners to identify needs and opportunities, BC AMTA takes the lead in attracting, recruiting and preparing Aboriginal candidates to meet the employers’ requirements.
The Mining Association of BC is pleased to be supporting the important initiatives of BC AMTA. “With a growing industry and the need for new talent in a wide range of jobs, we are excited for our member companies to employ graduates and participants as they take on challenging new adventures in the mining industry” added Ms. Briño.
MABC represents companies involved in the exploration and development, mining and smelting of minerals, metals, coal and industrial minerals in British Columbia. It is regarded as the pre-eminent voice of mining in the province.