CRTP PROPOSAL FOR A HUB-MODEL CONCEPT Ontario First Nation Technical Services Corporation Presentation For Tribal Councils, Large First nations and Unaffiliated First Nations Prepared by: Mohammed N. Karim, M.Eng, P.Eng. October 10 & 11, 2007 Toronto, Ontario
CRTP PROPOSAL FOR A HUB-MODEL CONCEPT • History of OFNTSC Delivery of CRTP • CRTP plays a major role in the delivery of safe water to First Nations people. • CRTP delivered using OFNTSC staff (2) and contract trainers for the past 4 years • Contracted training by Genivar/ MacViro Consultants completed on March 31, 2007. • 48 communities received CRTP training in 2006-2007 using OFNTSC and contracted trainers. • Plant operators were issued with CEU certificates.
CRTP PROPOSAL FOR A HUB-MODEL CONCEPT • Current Status of CRTP • Since April 2007, CRTP, hands-on, is being delivered by two OFNTSC employees, N. Paul and A. Armstrong • The OFNTSC Executive Board has requested a proposal to deliver CRTP to all First Nations. • After reviewing several options, the Executive Board members have requested a proposal following a hub-model concept to deliver CRTP to all First Nations. • This proposal is meant to address the CRTP needs with hands-on approach and on-site repairs by the trainers following a hub-model approach in future possibly 2008. • This proposal once approved by the Board and INAC for funding will be implemented for all First Nations. • A separate proposal is being developed for one year and is proposed to implement in the near future. • Advertisement has been placed for hiring First Nation trainers as requested by the Executive Board.
CRTP PROPOSAL FOR A HUB-MODEL CONCEPT • Highlights of the Hub-Model Based Proposal • A proposal for CRTP delivery using a hub-model concept was submitted to Executive Committee. They requested some modifications. These are being made. • The OFNTSC Board provided approval for liability insurance so that trainers could assist plant operators in carrying out repairs during the trainer’s visit. • Any specialized repair works will be contracted out. • On approval of the Board, OFNTSC will submit the proposal to INAC.
CRTP PROPOSAL FOR A HUB-MODEL • Highlights of the Hub Based Proposal • The proposal allows for expanding CRTP to all First Nations in Ontario • It proposes having a trainer at each Tribal Council to deliver the training to their First Nations. In some instances nearby Large First Nations will also receive CRTP training through a Tribal Council. • OFNTSC will directly deliver CRTP training to 21 Unaffiliated First Nations and three Large First Nations (Mohawks of Akwesasne, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte and Six Nations). • The CRTP training will include “hands-on” training using the OETC approved training manual. • Operators will receive CEUs. • The proposal identifies the need for 19 trainers including 15 working from the Tribal Council offices.
CRTP PROPOSAL FOR A HUB-MODEL CONCEPT • Highlights of the Hub Based Proposal • The proposal includes an emergency repair fund that will allow trainers to undertake emergency repairs. This should help with the reduction of BWA’s. • The “hands-on” training records will be used by the plant operators in their submission for license renewals as required by OETC in addition to specialized class room training records.
CRTP PROPOSAL FOR A HUB-MODEL CONCEPT • Training Materials • CRTP modules for “hands-on” training and CEU values. • All the training modules are being upgraded by the University of Guelph in contract with OFNTSC using partial funding from HRSDC .
CRTP PROPOSAL FOR A HUB-MODEL CONCEPT • Training Materials • The following are additional “Director Approved” courses from CRTP
CRTP PROPOSAL FOR A HUB-MODEL CONCEPT • Challenges for CRTP: • Due to the high demand for qualified operators, it is difficult to recruit and retain experienced and certified trainers. • Salaries for trainers has gone up and as a result funding agency should consider increased funding levels for CRTP. • Other training providers are forming partnerships to provide SWOP based services. Some question the need for CRTP in these First Nations • Travel costs by the trainers in the north is expensive. • Travel is influenced by weather, especially during winter, thereby adding to costs. • Trainers are usually not certified trades people. As a result trades related activities should not be undertaken by the trainers.
CRTP PROPOSAL FOR A HUB-MODEL CONCEPT • Summary • CRTP still has a role to play in the delivery of safe potable water in First Nations • Funding needs to be increased and new delivery concept is being developed. • OFNTSC is preparing for INAC consideration, a proposal that assists all First Nations through their Tribal Council and OFNTSC. • First Nations are grouped into “hubs” for service delivery.