ATEC is a 27,000-square-foot, non-profit, community-based, post-secondary training facility. The purpose-built facility, which officially opened in 2006, is the first of its kind to be built on a Manitoba First Nation reserve. It was originally built to provide job training opportunities for work on the Wuskwatim hydroelectric generation project. Several hundred NCN Citizens participated in Wuskwatim-related training programs since ATEC was first announced in April 2003, as part of the agreement NCN negotiated with Manitoba Hydro to build Wuskwatim.
After those training programs were completed, the facility has transitioned to other training and employment opportunities. ATEC’s long-term focus is to offer a wide range of post-secondary and trades training opportunities to address the skills needed for the First Nation and others in Canada.
ATEC is still an agency for Manitoba’s Job Referral Service, but the emphasis has shifted from jobs on Wuskwatim to jobs on the Keeyask Hydroelectric Project and the Keewatinoow Converter Station project that is part of the Bipole III direct-current transmission line.
Professional development training services
Data base for Job skills inventory
"To provide technical and vocational education training to NCN members, and other First Nation communities in Canada in order to sustain a competitive aboriginal workforce."
ATEC is the not-for-profit centre of excellence which is a labour market intermediary incorporating training into employment initiatives. ATEC's Intake Education to Training Pathway (IETP) is a distinct approach at the grassroots level that incorporates a social job readiness program and indigenizes curriculum to assist individuals on their educational journey to success.
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