Pigiursatitaunirmut Arqusiurniq, a work-oriented training path (WOTP), features two programs that were accredited by Quebec’s Ministère de l’Éducation in July 2017. The first, Pinasulaurani pigiursatitauniit (work exploration), is a certified pre‑work training program that is currently offered in most of our schools. The second, Pinasuvvimi sungiusisarniq (apprenticeship training), is a certified training program for a semi‑skilled trade that will be offered in partnership with Nunavik employers and organizations. We hope to offer this program in every school but it will depend on the local reality and partnerships in each community.

“We are pleased to diversify our offerings with these two certified programs. Pinasulaurani pigiursatitauniit (work exploration) and Pinasuvvimi sungiusisarniq (apprenticeship training) will allow us to cater to the needs of students who would benefit from the hands‑on approach that the work environment offers,” said Etua Snowball, director of Education Services at Kativik Ilisarniliriniq.

Pinasulaurani pigiursatitauniit and Pinasuvvimi sungiusisarniq are three‑ and one‑year programs respectively. Students who complete these programs receive an official certificate from the Ministère de l’Éducation confirming their qualifications. Both programs offer practical skills to prepare students to enter the workforce and ensure that they continue their formal education while advancing their literacy and numeracy skills.

Snowball noted that this year’s Pinasulaurani pigiursatitauniit enjoyed support from several Nunavik partners. “On behalf of the school board, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the FCNQ, the KRG, and all participating Northern villages. They are playing an important role in the success of Nunavik youth,” he added.

In 2017–2018, Pinasulaurani pigiursatitauniit was offered in partnership with daycare centres in Kangirsuk, Kuujjuaq, and Salluit. The program would not have been possible without the support of the municipal garage in Salluit and the co‑op store in Umiujaq.

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