ESS PROGRAM—Kootenay

RAFT: Retail Trades, Accommodation and Food Service Training – West Kootenay

Essential skills and job readiness training  in retail, general office and accommodation or food service industries for eligible participants

Duration:

  • Four weeks essential skills and job readiness training
  • Four weeks job placement
  • Four weeks follow-up support

Services/ Programs:

  • Essential skills training
  • Job readiness training
  • Work placement with wage subsidy
  • Short term certificate training

Follow-up support Eligibility:

  • Unemployed, non-EI eligible

 Location(s):

  • Castlegar
  • Nelson
  • Slocan
  • Salmo
  • Trail
  • Kaslo

Contact:

Kootenay Career Development Society, 1-877-952-6200 or 250-352-6200 (Nelson and Kaslo), 1-855-365-6515 or 250-365-6515 (Castlegar, Salmo and Slocan)

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Transitioning to Sustainable Employment

Workplace essential skills, job readiness, entrepreneurial and skills training for eligible youth, Indigenous persons and persons with disabilities

Duration:

  • 6- 20 weeks of  training depending on individual need and competency level

Services/ Programs:

  • Life and essential skills training
  • Job search and maintenance
  • Individualized certificate training
  • Workplace training
  • Entrepreneurial and skills training

Eligibility:

  • Unemployed, non-EI eligible and
  • Youth (15-29 years, inclusive) or
  • Indigenous persons or
  • Persons with disabilities

Location(s):

  • Ktunaxa Nation Band Communities (St. Mary’s, Tobacco Plains, Lower Kootenay and Akisqnuk)

Contact:

Ktunaxa Nation Council, email or 250-489-2464

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Get Youth Working

Provides entry-level job placements for eligible youth in the construction related occupations

Duration:

  • 3-6 months’ job placement

Services/ Programs:

  • Job placements with wage subsidy
  • Short term certificate training
  • Post-placement support

Eligibility:

  • Unemployed, non-EI eligible, and
  • Youth (15-29 years, inclusive)

Location(s):

  • Balfour
  • Canyon
  • Castlegar
  • Christina Lake
  • Cranbrook
  • Creston
  • Erickson
  • Fernie
  • Golden
  • Grand Forks
  • Invermere
  • Jaffray
  • Kaslo
  • Kimberly
  • New Denver
  • Nelson
  • Parson
  • Radium Hot Springs
  • Sirdar
  • Slocan
  • Trail
  • Winlaw

Contact:

Bowman Employment Services Inc., email or 1-877-866-3100

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Ready, Set, LEAP! Creston Valley Local Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program

Entrepreneurial skills training program for eligible youth, indigenous persons and persons with disabilities

Duration:

  • 14 weeks entrepreneurial training

Services/ Programs:

  • Entrepreneurial training workshops
  • Development of business tools and supports
  • Personalized, one-on-one service

Eligibility:

  • Unemployed, non-EI eligible, and
  • Youth (15-29 years, inclusive) and/or
  •  Indigenous persons and/or
  • Persons with disabilities

Location(s):

  • Creston Valley (Yahk to Riondel)

Contact:

Kootenay Employment Services Society, email (Creston or Invermere), 1-855-428-5655 or 250-428-5655 (Creston) or 1-855-342-4510 or 250-342-3557 (Invermere)

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Job Readiness Training for Unemployed Workers

Delivers job readiness training for eligible unemployed workers, with a focus on assessments and career and labour market activities.

Duration:

  • One week

Services/ Programs:

  • Group-based job readiness training
  • Assessments and career and labour market support

Eligibility:

  • Unemployed, non-EI eligible

Location(s):

  • Creston Valley (Yahk to Riondel)

Contact:

Kootenay Employment Services Society, email (Creston or Invermere), 1-855-428-5655 or 250 428-5655 (Creston) or 1-855-342-4510 or 250 342-3557 (Invermere)

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Skilled Trades Employment Program (STEP) – Kootenay

Provides one-to-one construction employment placement and related supports for eligible participants.

Services/Programs:

  • Job placement and apprenticeship connections
  • Short term certificate training
  • Workplace supports (tools and boots)

 Eligibility:

  • Unemployed, Non-EI eligible
  • Priority given to those eligible participants who are under-represented in the trades and self-identified as Indigenous persons and/or immigrants and/or women and/or youth ( years, inclusive)

 Location(s):

  • Nelson, with service to surrounding communities

Contact:

Skilled Trades Employment Program (B.C. Construction Association), email or 250 491-7330

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Bridging to Trades

Introduces eligible Indigenous persons to trades exploration courses and related essential skills

Duration:

  • 12 weeks

Services/Programs:

  • Trades exploration
  • Essential skills
  • Employment readiness training
  • Short term industry certificates

Eligibility:

  • Unemployed, non-EI eligible, and
  • Indigenous persons

Location(s):

  • All regions (mobile training)

Contact:

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology or email

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