Kiikenomaga Kikenjigewen Employment & Training Services (KKETS) has seen success with their first delivery of Welding Level one in partnership with Grand River Employment and Training (GREAT). The training program was a a part of the Ring of Fire Aboriginal Training Alliance (RoFATA) initiative and has produced 8 successful Level I Welders all of whom has an all position CSA W47.1 Shielded Metal Arc Weld Qualification as delivered by the Canadaian Welding Bureau, most also have additional qualifications in Flux Core or Gas Metal Arc Welding. The training was 15 weeks in length and all trainees resided in Brantford to commute to GREAT Training Centre in Six Nations. Returning trainees participated in a welding showcase that provided them the opportunity to present the skills that they had developed through GREAT, many of the trainees are now able to be taken on by Local Unions.
Congratulations to the following Matawa First Nation Members on a job well done, your dedication and perseverance has opened doors for many opportunities yet to come!
Shawn Baxter – Marten Falls First Nation
Don Chapais – Long Lake #58 First Nation
Edee Edwards – Nibinamik First Nation
Ross Kashkish – Aroland First Nation
Ricky Mendowegan – Aroland First Nation
Estelle Taylor – Long Lake #58 First Nation
Irvin Waboose Jr. – Long lake #58 First Nation
Adam John-George – Constance Lake First Nation
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