Kiikenomaga Kikenjigewen Employment & Training Services (KKETS) is the Aboriginal Skills Employment Training Agreement Holder for Matawa First Nations through Service Canada. KKETS is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of nine members, all of which are representatives of the nine Matawa First Nations. A unique component to the KKETS programming are Employment Community Coordinators in each First Nation that works as a liaison with KKETS to deliver and assist with the implementation of training programs.
The objective of KKETS is to provide culturally appropriate opportunities for education, training, and employment by providing professional advisory, support services, relevant systems and programs to empower individuals to take initiative for change in their own lives. Since its inception in 2012 KKETS has assisted members in attaining individual Training, training supports and First Nation Job creations. KKETS has introduced a number of initiatives to meet the needs of their members in the up and coming labour market surrounding the Skilled Trades and Mining Industry. The Aboriginal skills advancement Program (ASAP) is one of the new KKETS initiatives that allows adult learners to obtain their Ontario Secondary School diploma (OSSD)to date the ASAP has seen a significant amount of success, 62 OSSD holders to be exact and still growing. The Ring Of Fire Aboriginal Training Alliance (RoFATA) is a Partnership between Confederation College, Noront and KKETS as it represents Matawa regionally for training programs and employment surrounding the Mining industry. Currently through the RoFATA initiative; KKETS has seen over 400 applications for its various training both past and present. KKETS strives to produce a highly skilled aboriginal workforce filled with competitors in the Labour Market.