August 01, 2013 - 5:00 AM
PENTICTON - Penticton Indian Band added an educational component to its now formalized partnership with the modular-home company Britco Structures.
The two groups have had a relationship for about eight years but took it to the next level recently to formalize their partnership. As part of the agreement the company now offers an internship program to band residents and once completed graduated interns can stay on or take their new skills elsewhere, aboriginal relations director Kareem Allam said.
Allam said his company wants stronger relationships with First Nations.
"It's very important to us," he said, adding 10 per cent of the company's workforce are those with aboriginal heritage.
Allam also mentioned that as the company expands beyond modular home construction it will discuss other opportunities with the Penticton Indian Band.
Chief Jonathan Kruger sounded happy about that and hopes to be "doing a few good things in the near future."
"I'm really impressed with this company. It seems like a good fit."
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