The International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 793’s developed an Aboriginal Engagement Strategy and see the Indigenous population as one solution to meeting the skills shortages for the heavy equipment, crane and concrete pump operator industry. The Aboriginal Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program (APATP) is in its second year of operation and recruits twelve Aboriginal people throughout the province of Ontario. The Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario (OETIO) partnered with the provincial government of Ontario and designed this program to meet the training needs of Aboriginal peoples and industry. In particular, OETIO included the Trade Entrance Exam Preparation Course as part of the APATP. Click here for more information.