Foundational Training Stream

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

Please refer to the Foundational Training Stream Eligibility Criteria for a complete list of eligibility requirements for this stream.

Funding Amounts

Under the Foundational Training Stream, employers may receive 100 percent of eligible training costs, up to a maximum of $10,000 per participant per fiscal year.

Employers are eligible to receive up to $300,000 per fiscal year (April 1 – March 31). All costs are to be paid for in full by the employer. Before reimbursements are made, receipts will be used to verify that participants do not pay for training or any training-related expenses.

Eligible Participants

To be eligible under the Foundational Training Stream, at the time of application participants must be unemployed, or employed by the applicant and one of the following: 
  • Low-skilled
  • Working in a low-skilled occupation
  • Working as an apprentice
To ensure eligibility, participants will need to submit their Participant Information Forms as part of the application. Participants will be required to disclose their employment status and identify their job title before and after training.

Eligible Training

  • Essential skills training includes literacy, communication, computer use/digital skills, working with others, or training to assist a person to complete their high school diploma or high school equivalency. This also includes training conducted for pre-apprenticeship programs. Essential skills training should be delivered by a B.C. public post-secondary institution or a private training institution designated (and program approved) by the Private Training Institutions Branch.
  • Apprenticeships are a combination of on-the-job training and classroom learning that leads to a trade credential or “ticket”. For more details on apprenticeship programs, please visit the Industry Training Authority.
  • Occupational certifications are granted by an organization with the authority to set standards required to practice an occupation (view a list of BC career occupation and other regulators here). Example certificates include the Residential Care Worker Certificate and Early Childhood Education Certificate.
  • Industry-recognized training results in credentials that are transferable and recognized by employers across an industry. Examples include health and safety training (e.g. WHMIS, first aid), hospitality training (e.g. FoodSafe Level 1, Serving it Right) and computer or software training (e.g. Microsoft, Cisco).
Training cannot be longer than 52 weeks in length. The ETG is not a bursary program and does not fund diploma or degree programs, in full or in part.

Expected Outcomes

The result of the training must be improved job-related skills leading to a job for an unemployed person, or a better job for a current employee. A “better job” is defined as:
  • Increased pay
  • Promotion or advancement to another position
  • Move from part-time to full-time employment
  • Move from temporary/casual/seasonal employment to permanent employment
  • Increased job security (i.e. training will ensure the participant can maintain employment)
Please review the Foundational Training Stream Eligibility Criteria for more details before applying. Once submitted, applications cannot be moved from one stream to another.

Intake Periods

Intake 2
No longer accepting applications June 25, 2021 Sep 1, 2021 –
March 31, 2022
Intake 1
Apply now March 22, 2022 April 1, 2022 –
March 31, 2023