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 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.