Employment and Training
Cold Lake First Nations Employment and Training Department is focused on increasing employment for the people of Cold Lake First
Nations who are employment ready, by providing training programs targeted to job opportunities that are in high demand. We offer employment counseling and career planning services; we assist with résumé building and the job application process. Where eligible, we provide financial assistance for workforce placement, equipment, tools and required job training.
The Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy provides funding to Aboriginal organizations to support: The costs of programs, services and other activities undertaken by those organizations which are designed to increase the participate in the Canadian labour market of the Aboriginal people served by those organizations.
Programs and Services
Employment and Career Counselling:
Working with clients to identify employment goals and a path to employment. Supports provided include referrals, referring and connecting clients with employers, advocating for clients, and providing follow-ups to clients.
Clients are provided with an assessment to determine which career paths are most suitable for the client based on interest and current skill levels.
Assisting clients with accessing financial assistance for employment training programming. Clients can apply for financial assistance for tuition, living allowance and other training opportunities.
The department organizes training for members that can assist them with gaining employment. Examples of such training includes the Hospitality/Food and Beverage Program that is delivered in partnership with Portage College, Primco Dene, the Marriott Hotel and Casino Dene to assist members with training for employment at Nation owned businesses and other hospitality and food and beverage opportunities.
Summer Student Program:
Fund wages for summer students to work with different community owned businesses and for the administration. The program also includes leadership training, cultural and historical training, community awareness and other educational opportunities. Summer Students are required to support Treaty Days where they assist with planning and carrying out event activities.
Career Fairs and Info Sessions:
Hosting info sessions for career and training opportunities; job fairs; and hosting networking events.
Employment Insurance Advocacy:
Supporting clients with accessing EI benefits.
Providing ongoing follow-ups to clients to ensure they are able to access their training supports and transition into employment.
Work with Corrections Canada to find placements to allow individuals to pay off amounts owing. The Department works with them to develop a return to schooling and employment plan.
Providing members with resources such as a job board, computer for creating and updating resumes, job search, applications etc.
Funding for Safety Tickets and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required.
- Increase employment of members.
- Maintain 10% or better employment rate for on-reserve members.
- Attain over 90% employment rate for those that are funded through programming offered.
- First Nations member living on or off reserve within the TCETSA Geographical service catchment area.
- Be a resident in and around the Tribal Chiefs Venture region of Treaty 6, or the geographical service area:
- Kehewin Cree Nation
- Beaver Lake Cree Nation
- Cold Lake First Nation
- Frog Lake First nation
- Heart Lake First Nation
- Whitefish Lake First Nation #128 (Goodfish)
- Be unemployed, under-employed (unable to support themselves with income from employment or self-employment) or employment threatened.
- Must demonstrate financial need.
- Be entering an occupation where there is reasonable opportunity of achieving self sufficiency. (Example: There is a demand for the occupation and the wages the client is likely to receive will support the client and his/her dependent’s).
- Client will commit to an action plan developed with our Employment & Training Department that shows the proposed training is and appropriate step that will lead to suitable employment.
- If living in urban area, the client shall access their closest ASETS Agreement holder. ( Example: Oteenow Employment & Training Services, location in Edmonton).