Foundational Training Stream

This stream supports unemployed, underemployed and low-skilled British Columbians to obtain essential, transferrable and certified skills to increase their job security and obtain good-paying jobs. 

The stream will fund training for:
  • Low-skilled employees (those with no high school diploma or certification)
  • Employees currently underemployed including full time, part time, casual or seasonal and in low-skilled occupations made up of those listed as being in skill levels C or D of the National Occupational Classification (NOC)
  • Apprentices
  • Unemployed participants
Data in the Participant Information Form (PIF) must confirm that the participant is eligible under the Foundational Training Stream. The program will review the PIFs under the Foundational Training Stream five days before the start of the program to confirm participant eligibility. 

NOTE:  The Foundational Stream supports low-skilled current or future employees. Owners are not eligible participants under the Foundational Training Stream.

Please refer to the Eligibility Criteria for a complete list of eligibility requirements.

Applicants must submit their applications through the correct stream. Applications received under a stream that they are not eligible for will be denied. Once submitted, applications cannot be moved from one stream to another. Please review the resource document Choosing the Right Stream? before applying to ensure you choose the correct stream for your application.

Current status:
Intake 1 Open March 11, 2019, 9 am April 1 –
August 31, 2019
Intake 2 Open June 3, 2019, 9 am September 1 – 
December 31, 2019
Intake 3 Not Started January 2, 2020, 9 am January 2 – 
March 31, 2020
Funding amounts:

Approved applications for training under this stream will receive reimbursement of 100 percent of the eligible training costs, up to a maximum of $10,000 per participant.  No contribution is required from the employer. 

The maximum an employer can receive per fiscal year (April 1st – March 31st) is $300,000 in total government funding.

Participants are NOT to pay for training or any training related expenses. All costs are to be paid for in FULL by the applicant. Receipts must verify this information.

Training supported under this stream: 
  • Accredited essential skills needed for work and learning: reading, writing, numeracy and basic computer training
  • Training towards obtaining Industry/Sector recognized credentials:
    • ITA Certified Trades (Red Seal and Non-Red Seal) training. Click here for a full list of the ITA certified training programs
    • Occupational Certification training provided by a recognized training institution. This training involves more than 10 hours of instruction time and results in occupation recognized credentials. Examples include, but are not limited to, Residential Care Worker Certificate, Tourism and Hospitality Certificate, Community Mental Health Worker and Early Childhood Education Certificate
    • Industry or Sector Recognized Certification training provided by an industry recognized training provider or a public post-secondary institution. This training involves less than 10 hours of instruction time and results in industry or sector recognized certification. Examples include, but are not limited to, First Aid, WHMIS, Forestry Safety Certificate, Manufacturing Safety Certificate, H2S and CPR
  • Training programs cannot be more than 52 weeks in duration; if your certificate program is longer than 52 weeks, you will need to apply for each course separately 
Expected outcomes of training:
  • Employers contribute to skills training of their current or new employees
  • Participant has a job (where participant was unemployed prior to training) or better job* at the end of training
*For the purpose of the ETG, “better job” is defined as:
  • Increased job security (i.e. training will ensure the participant can maintain employment)
  • Increase in pay
  • Promotion/advancement to another position
  • Move from part-time to full-time employment or
  • Move from temporary/casual/seasonal employment to permanent employment
  • Increased productivity