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Saskatoon tech school celebrates 100th Indigenous journeyperson

The Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies in Saskatoon is celebrating a milestone in building a solid future for Indigenous workers in the province.

Welder part of growing number of Indigenous tradespeople

Welder Blake Brass was part of a celebration in Saskatoon today. Brass is The Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies 100th trained Journeyperson. (CBC)

The Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies in Saskatoon is celebrating a milestone in building a solid future for Indigenous workers in the province.

SIIT has just trained its 100th journeyperson. Blake Brass is a welder who works at Wadena Steel.

"We are proud to have reached this milestone during our 40th anniversary," said Riel Bellegarde, SIIT president and CEO.

SIIT and other career centres across the province have been busy building an Indigenous workforce.

There are roughly 1,436 Indigenous apprentices registered in Saskatchewan. They make up about 15 per cent of all apprentices in the province.

"This is exactly what we want to see," said Jeff Ritter, CEO of Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission.

"It signals to us that apprenticeship is a first-choice education pathway for Aboriginal people."

SIIT and other career centres not only train young people, but also offer coaching to keep people on track so that they can succeed in the trades. Some 90 to 95 per cent of SIIT's apprentices in the program are able to find work in the trades at the end of their training. 

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