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. Employers must have a job for the participant at their company once training is complete.

To be eligible under the Foundational Stream, at the time of application participants must be unemployed, or employed by the applicant and one of the following: Each participant will be required to complete a Participant Information Form (PIF) to confirm eligibility, including their employment status before and after training. 

Owners are not eligible as participants under the Foundational Training Stream. 

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

Intake periods:

Intake 1
No longer accepting applications Feb 3, 2020 April 1 –
Aug 31, 2020
Intake 2
Apply now June 1, 2020 Sep 1 –
Dec 31, 2020
Intake 3
Not started Oct 1, 2020 Jan 1 – 
March 31, 2021

Funding amounts: 

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

Employers are eligible to receive up to $300,000 per fiscal year (April 1 – March 31). Participants are not to pay for training or any training-related expenses. All costs are to be paid for in full by the employer. Receipts must verify this information.

Eligible training: 

  • Essential Skills Training: Training to develop foundational skills needed for work and learning (e.g. reading, writing, numeracy and basic computer skills). Accredited essential skills training is only eligible if delivered by a B.C. public post-secondary institution or a private training institution designated (and program approved) by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB). 
  • Apprenticeship Training certified by the Industry Training Authority (ITA): 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 Certification: Certifications are granted by an organization with the authority to set standards required to practice an occupation. Example certificates include the Residential Care Worker Certificate and Early Childhood Education Certificate. 
  • Industry-Recognized Training: Training that 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 programs cannot be more than 52 weeks in duration; if a certificate program is longer than 52 weeks, employers will need to apply for each course separately.

Once submitted, applications cannot be moved from one stream to another. Please review the resource document Choosing the Right Stream before applying. 

Expected outcomes:

  • Employers contribute to skills training of their current or new employees
  • 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 job security (i.e. training will ensure the participant can maintain employment)
  • 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