New Northern School to Train Aboriginal Cooks
While the remote cook/medic training program is open to anyone, it’s expected that northern First Nations residents will make up the majority of the students. There are plenty of job opportunities for First Nations peoples in remote camps, since most exploration companies must commit to hiring local aboriginal people as part of their land use agreements. In northern Ontario, the unemployment rate for First Nations people approaches 80 per cent and provincial and federal funding is available to help offset the training costs.
“This is an ‘everybody wins’ situation,” says Paul Leatham, one of three partners in the school, “the First Nations community, the students themselves, companies doing business in the north, and the provincial and federal governments.”
Leatham and his partners operate PT & Associates Hospitality Services, which helps remote camps – such as those investigating mining, forestry and fossil fuel resources - with their food service and staffing needs.
“We have employers who are eagerly waiting for local aboriginal peoples to staff those camps,” he says. “So it made sense for us to open a school to provide training. After 12 weeks of training, we can have a qualified remote cook/medic on site and ready to go.”
and his partners decided to acquire a
delighted to have a franchise location in northern
prerequisite qualification for training in the
Earth Cree and Ojibway Historical Centre has classroom facilities and a
commercial kitchen. Students will be
picked up and driven to the centre from airports in
For more information visit www.liaisoncollege.com or serviceontario.ca.