Whitney Pier, NS. Jan.18, 2016… Seven local Mi’kmaq are enrolled in a 12 week introduction training program as commercial and residential electricians. The program is put on by the Mi’kmaw Economic Benefits Office (MEBO) in partnership with the local IBEW union, local 1852 in Whitney Pier. The union says there are job opportunities related to the Maritime Link as well as commercial and residential development in the local First Nation communities. Pauline Doucette from Eskasoni is shown during her training in Whitney Pier Friday. Upon successful completion of the program,students will be indentured as first year apprentices.

The Mi’kmaw Economic Benefits Office (MEBO) is focused on building partnerships with large industry in Nova Scotia. In doing so, it seeks to identify both employment and business opportunities for local Aboriginals. The Benefits Office helps industry find the workers they need through promotion and recruitment efforts. MEBO also works closely with local unions both in training and as a gateway to employment with industry. MEBO works to train and support both individuals and Aboriginal businesses to be part of these opportunities. To date, MEBO has trained more than 1,000 individuals and helped create more than 500 jobs for local Aboriginals.

MEBO is a not-for-profit organization serving all five First Nation communities in Cape Breton (Unama’ki) and takes a collaborative and business approach to employment and business opportunities with large industry in the region. MEBO also delivers a province wide training program under the federal governments Skills Partnership Fund.

MEBO has considerable experience in helping industry engage Aboriginals- through promotion, recruitment and training. Companies include Emera NL, Irving Shipbuilding, Cherubini Metal Works, Flynn Canada, ABB, Abengoa, PowerTel and others.