5. Involve Others as Needed5. Involve Others as Needed

Once the initial partners have decided on what the initiative will include, it might be the time to get help and support from others. For example, a training focus will usually involve partnering with a local college or industry training provider. Or if the priority is to connect already trained workers with existing job openings, then a referral process with a Friendship Centre might be called for.

Decide what you will need to make this initiative a success and then identify individuals or groups who can help. For example,

  • Looking to include more jobs? Contact other construction companies or approach local unions or contractors associations. Remember to expand your geographic focus; many employers who are based in other centres might have interest in hiring people from your location.  
  • Looking to find more workers? Contact other local communities or Indigenous agencies. Remember to expand your geographic focus; many Indigenous workers are prepared to travel for training or job opportunities.
  • Will your job seekers or workers need training beyond what you can provide?
  • Need funding? Talk first to your local ESDC office and local Indigenous agencies that will be aware of what might be available from federal sources.  Don’t overlook territorial, provincial or municipal sources. And finally, remember that government is not the only source of funds. Having a ready pool of skilled labour is a great benefit to employers and they might be able to contribute staff or resources that could be a big help.

Do your homework before contacting other possible partners. Be ready to answer these questions:

  • What we are looking for is:  _________________________________________

    (jobs, workers, funding, training – be specific)

  • The benefit to the new partner would be:  _____________________________

    (jobs, workers, funding, training – be specific)