03/17/2015 01:47 EDT | Updated 05/17/2015 05:12 EDT

Alberta launches pilot project to help more aboriginals enter construction

EDMONTON - Alberta Premier Jim Prentice says a new pilot project will help more than 600 aboriginal people train for jobs in construction.

Prentice says the province will contribute $1 million toward new construction training centres at NorQuest College in Edmonton and Bow Valley College in Calgary.

The two-year project will deliver career counselling and construction-related training for more than 300 students at each school.

The colleges will invest $525,000, with another $750,000 coming from industry and aboriginal groups.

Prentice says the program is key to helping more aboriginals contribute to and benefit from Alberta's economy.