Arctic Response has been delivering ECO Canada/BEAHR training programs since 2014.
From the BEAHR Training Programs Guide Book: Established in 1992 as part of Canada’s sector council initiative, ECO Canada has grown into its own as a not-for-profit organization focused on supporting Canada’s environment industry by:
- Helping individuals develop meaningful environmental careers
- Providing employer resources to find and hire the best
- Informing educators and governments about employment trends
In 2001, a partnership between ECO Canada and the Aboriginal Human Resource Council saw the initiation of the BEAHR project as a means to increasing Aboriginal participation in the environmental sector. This led to the development of the BEAHR Training Programs, a series of culturally relevant, skills-based environmental training programs for Aboriginal learners (First Nation, Metis, and Inuit). The BEAHR Training Programs series is a product of ECO Canada’s training division.
In an effort to increase awareness about environmental careers and build environmental capacity within Aboriginal communities, ECO Canada’s training division maintains and administers community-based environmental training programs designed to provide introductory skills to those who want to work or pursue further education in the environmental field. Programs are delivered by third-party trainers approved and licensed through the BEAHR Training Programs.
BEAHR Training Programs are designed to be:
- Short term
- Employment focused
- Practical and offer relevant field experience
- Blended with local knowledge
- Community Based
- Inclusive of Elder participation
- National in scope
Programs are offered in two separate streams, Workforce Training and Technician Training. The Technician Training programs are a combination of various Workforce Training programs and allow further recognition of the more comprehensive environmental background of the graduate. The Workforce Training Programs range between 4 and 12 weeks in length based on a 30-hour week. Two Technician Training Programs are laid-out based on combinations of the programs that may be applicable to a wider audience. However, there is also the option of a Customizable Certificate to meet the needs of individuals, or individual communities. The Technician Training Programs are a minimum of 15 weeks in length based on a 30-hour week.
The following are the training program options:
- Workforce Training Programs
- Environmental Monitoring (Research and/or Regulatory)
- Environmental Site Assessment Assistant
- Contaminated Sites Remediation Coordinator
- Local Environmental Coordinator
- Land Use Planning Coordinator
- Solid Waste Coordinator
- Technician Training Programs
- Certificate of Applied Environmental Techniques
- Certificate of Environmental Planning and Administration
- Customizable Certificate
In addition to delivering core BEAHR programs and electives, Arctic Response often adds relevant field safety and other pre-employment programming to maximize employability of our graduates.