Indigenous tourism training offered
Okanagan Edge Staff - Nov 24, 2021 - Biz Releases

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Indigenous young adults can take advantage of a new tourism training program that is fully funded.

The BladeRunners Program is for Indigenous people from Central Okanagan between the ages of 19 and 29. It will be delivered in person in West Kelowna between Jan. 17 and Feb. 25.

The six-week program will provide essential industry certifications and personal guidance, and help participants develop job readiness skills, on-the-job training, and support from their co-ordinators and peers in the tourism industry.

Participants will receive industry related certifications, employment assistance and industry mentorship, enabling them to find employment in the tourism sector. Upon completion, graduates start their work placement with employment assistance support for three weeks, including industry mentorship for ongoing support.

The classes will be held Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., and the application deadline is Jan. 10.

Funding is coming from Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society, and will be delivered in partnership by the Okanagan Training & Development Council, Westbank First Nation, the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association and Peter B. Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria.

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