AMTA will close its doors today after receiving notice its federal funding is over, and without future funding commitments in place

VANCOUVER, November 3, 2014 – After four and a half years of supplying job-ready candidates to Canadian resource-sector industries, the Aboriginal Mentoring & Training Association (AMTA) is closing its doors, effective immediately.

“In AMTA, we have created a workforce development program that is increasing Aboriginal educational attainment, responding to labour market needs, getting people into good jobs and generating more than $136 million in GDP contributions annually,” says David Watkins, Chair of AMTA’s Board of Directors. “And yet we can’t secure financial commitments to continue operations. It’s a very sad day for AMTA and our supporters, who have worked tirelessly to find a solution to keep AMTA going. But the journey is over, and I want everyone to know how grateful we are to our partners and other AMTA champions in industry, Aboriginal communities and beyond, for the financial and in-kind support they have provided, and to Government for its investment in AMTA since 2010.”

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  • 1000+ AMTA candidates currently working
  • 350+ employers have hired AMTA candidates
  • Average wage increased from $13,754 to $52,959
  • $52.2+ million estimated average annual wages for AMTA-trained employees
  • 255+ First Nations bands represented (167 BC-based First Nations)
  • 2700+ candidates registered
  • 498+ candidates have been enrolled in trades training
  • 50% female registrants
  • 45% under the age of 35
  • Real impact: ~285% increase in AMTA candidate wages after training
  • Real impact: ~$107,000 per employed candidate in total Provincial GDP
  • Real impact: ~$107+ million impact to Provincial GDP
  • Real impact: ~$136,000 per employed candidate in total Federal GDP
  • Real impact: ~$136+ million impact to Federal GDP

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