Unemployment is increasing in New Brunswick. Its overall jobless rate increased from 9.7% to 10.5% in April.
Yet, local communities and businesses are trying to end this trend. With the youth unemployment rate is a staggering 19.5%, it has become important for more education and preparing the youth for the right jobs. In the aboriginal communities this has become especially important, and a private vocational college is attempting to help change this youth unemployment rate. High Velocity a Heavy Equipment Training college is training the aboriginal youth to fill a rising need in Canada. John Deveau Atlantic Coordinator for High Velocity, says that quite a large number of projects are heading to Atlantic Canada, “From right now what we have been able to see roughly 113 Billion Dollars worth of projects coming to the east coast.”
With this large number of projects coming to the east coast it is an industry that is rising and has good jobs available to these youth. High Velocity has the backing of the Joint Economic Development Initiative or JEDI. Mark Taylor the Communications Manager discusses why they invest in the college and other work force development services. “We focus on economic development and work force development for aboriginal people across New Brunswick, and routinely invest in initiatives like this.”
Initiatives that help keep jobs and people in the local community says Chief Brenda Perley, of Tobique First Nation. Who discusses the Making it Happen Committee of New Brunswick. “We are finding ways to get the message out that the jobs are in New Brunswick, good jobs to that they can keep their families here and provide a good life,” says Perley. With the youth unemployment rate in the province rising having the right skills for those jobs is crucial, and what High Velocity vocational college is trying to provide for a community in desperate need of that support.