Building the Wuskwatim generating station required hundreds of skilled workers to successfully complete the project over its six-year construction period.
WPLP had no direct role in project training. To ensure economic benefits were distributed widely and equitably, particularly for NCN Citizens and residents of the Nelson House Northern Affairs Community, training initiatives were put in place to help qualify workers for the project. Some initiatives were designed specifically for northern Aboriginals.
Initiatives for Training Aboriginal Manitobans
To prepare Aboriginal people for jobs on the Wuskwatim Project, a special multi-million-dollar training initiative known as Hydro Northern Training and Employment Initiative (HNTEI) was created and had been ongoing since 2003. The program was administered by the Wuskwatim and Keeyask Training Consortium Inc.
The program was designed to train northern Aboriginal residents for skilled-labour positions on both the Wuskwatim and Keeyask generating stations.