A pilot program announced Tuesday, with help from the provincial government, and a number of other organizations, is expected to help hundreds of Aboriginal people train for careers in construction.

The two-year pilot project, called the Alberta Aboriginal Construction Career Centres, is co-sponsored by the Alberta government, Bow Valley College, NorQuest College, the construction industry and Aboriginal organizations.

The two colleges, Bow Valley College in Calgary and NorQuest College in Edmonton will each host a centre on their main campuses.

The centres will deliver training and counselling, and are expected to help a total of more than 600 people train for careers in construction over two years.

The Alberta government contributed $1 million to the project, the two colleges put $525,000 towards the project, and an additional $750,000 came from industry and Aboriginal stakeholders.