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Through partnerships with industry, government and the community at large, the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development Inc. (CAHRD) has helped Winnipeg's growing Aboriginal community find gainful and rewarding employment for over 30 years. See how this program is empowering their clientele through education and hands-on skills training.

Transcript: Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development Inc.

Winnipeg, the capital and largest city of Manitoba.

It is here, in the former CP Railway Station that you'll find CAHRD, the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development Inc.

CAHRD is a community driven, non- profit organization serving Winnipeg's rapidly growing Aboriginal population.

For over 30 years, CAHRD has been providing much needed education, training and employment services for Winnipeg's urban Aboriginal population.

"Our mandate is to get Aboriginal people employed and we do that by working with government, working with industry and working with our community…

"We kind of like to look at CAHRD as a second chance for a lot of people, a lot of people that come to us have failed in some other system, or some other system has failed them, and they come in here, and are able to succeed."

Each year, close to 3000 people walk through CAHRD's doors … and thanks to its programming and dedicated staff, 1,200 of them find successful employment.

A first-time visitor to CAHRD is welcomed by a counsellor, who conducts an interview to determine their needs and goals.

The next step is an orientation session, where they will learn about the many programs and services offered by CAHRD.

Those interested in education or training, write the Canadian Adult Achievement Test, to determine their placement level …

For those with little previous education, CAHRD's Aboriginal Community Campus provides literacy and upgrading programs … as well as an academic program for mature students to earn a grade 12 diploma.

Neeginan Institute of Applied Technology is the post-secondary training arm of CAHRD, and offers a variety of programs in vocations like welding, where skilled workers are in high demand.

"Being here at Neeginan is the best opportunity I've ever come across … It's changed my life in so many ways … it's nothing but good…"

Some of the other interesting career training programs at Neeginan Institute include:

The Medical Lab Technician and Clinical Research Assistant Program. This program prepares graduates for careers in hospitals and medical laboratories.

… and Carpentry …

… this ten-month program covers all course material received by a first-year apprentice carpenter.

… And the Early Childhood Education program, that combines in-class theory with practical experience in a number of child care institutions.

Neeginan Institute offers a wide variety of hands-on courses, in an effort to help members of Winnipeg's Aboriginal community find employment, and also to meet current labour market needs. It's a win-win situation for everyone.

"My situation was, before I came here to CAHRD, was that I was unemployed and I was homeless, and I really needed to find a place where I could fit in…

"… and I went through the aerospace manufacturing program at the CAHRD Centre, and I'm now currently employed with Boeing at Winnipeg here….

"At my job, I fabricate composite parts for aircraft. It's a good paying job and I enjoy it, and I just enjoy doing 100% on each part."

Another important component of CAHRD is its Central Employment Services, for people who already have skills or those newly trained.

Clients have access to human resource counselors as well as computers, phones and job posting boards. Here they can learn everything from resumé writing to interview techniques.

The programming at CAHRD extends beyond its campus with community-based and institutional partnerships throughout Winnipeg. They have job creation partnerships, wage subsidy programs, on-the-job skills development, job fairs and an Aboriginal People with Disabilities Program.

CAHRD's newly built Neeginan Village, right next door, provides transitional housing for students.

Daycare and early childhood education on-site helps meet the needs of parents attending CAHRD's programs.

For over 30 years, CAHRD's dedicated staff and programs have helped generations of Winnipeg's urban Aboriginal people … allowing them to realize their potential, and provide a promising future for generations to come.

"Creating Futures – One Family at a Time"

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