Foundational Training Stream

This stream supports unemployed, underemployed 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, and will be hired by the applicant at the end of training
  • Current employees of the applicant and one of the following:
    • Low-skilled (high school education or less)
    • Working in a low-skilled occupation (as defined by the National Occupation Classification and listed here)
    • Working as an apprentice
Each participant will be required to complete a Participant Information Form (PIF) to confirm his or her employment status and skill level prior to 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 3
Open Nov 4, 2019 Jan 1 –
March 31, 2020
Intake 1
Open Feb 3, 2020 April 1 –
Aug 31, 2020
Intake 2
Not Started 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: 

  • Accredited 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 certified by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB). The program must also be PTIB-certified.
  • Trade Training Certified by the Industry Training Authority (ITA): Red Seal and Non-Red Seal training. Click here for a full list of the ITA-certified trades.
  • Occupational Certification: Training provided by a recognized training institution. This training involves more than 10 hours of instructional time and results in occupation-recognized credentials such as Residential Care Worker Certificate, Tourism and Hospitality Certificate, Community Mental Health Worker Certificate and Early Childhood Education Certificate. 
  • Industry or Sector-Recognized Certification: Training provided by an industry or sector-recognized training provider or public post-secondary institution. This training involves less than 10 hours of instruction time and results in a recognized certification such as First Aid, WHMIS, Forestry Safety Certificate, Manufacturing Safety Certificate, H2S and CPR.
Training programs cannot be more than 52 weeks in duration; if a certificate program is longer than 52 weeks, applicants will need to apply for each course separately.

Applications submitted to the wrong stream 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. 

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