Program Bridges Gap Between School and Career in Potlotek

In January 2015, Potlotek First Nation launched a new program for community members who are interested in resume building, interview preparation, and career planning. The Pre-Employment program is open to all community members, regardless of their prior educational experience. 

The program will run for 22 weeks and involves courses such as WHMIS and various workshops geared toward student interest. Program participants will learn how to identify their transferrable skills and build a resume that demonstrates their capabilities. 

At the end of the program, participants will have the opportunity to do some job shadowing in their desired field. There are also plans for a career fair to take place in May. 

“ I love this program so far, ” said Amanda Marshall, program participant. “Even though it just started, it already helps me see how I am going to get further than I’ve been trying to get for the past few years.”

Noelle Doucette, Education Director, explained that funding for the program was requested in the summer and the approval was received in November. In previous years, a program focusing on Literacy was offered to community members, but she says this program will incorporate more essential skills to prepare participants to enter the workforce. 

“I felt it was important to offer a program to our community that provides students with skills to help them get into the workforce, along with some basic safety programs,” explained Doucette. 

Although it is still in the early stages, students are very excited about the program and the opportunities it has to offer.

“I enjoy it because it helps me get focused. I am learning where my strengths and weaknesses are and what I have to work on,” said Marshall. 

“I already have my grade 12 and I know what I want to do. This is going to help me build my resume.”

The program is limited to 10 students and is currently filled to capacity. Due to interest in the program, funding has been requested for next year.