ESS PROGRAM—Northeast

Northeast B.C. Indigenous Entrepreneurial Skills Development and Coaching Program

Entrepreneurial skills training for eligible Indigenous persons

Duration:

  • One week entrepreneurial training
  • Up to six months of aftercare support

Services/ Programs:

  • Entrepreneurial skills training
  • Cultural and regionally relevant curriculum
  • Aftercare entrepreneurial support

Eligibility:

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

Location(s):

  • Fort St. John
  • Dawson Creek
  • Treaty 8 Nations (Doig River First Nation, Fort Nelson First Nation, Blueberry River First Nation, Halfway River First Nation, West Moberly First Nation, Saulteau First Nation, Prophet River First Nation)

Contact:

Northeast Aboriginal Business Centre or email or 250 785-1870

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Tailored Workplace Essential Skills for Learners with Barriers to the Workplace

Essential skills and job readiness training program for persons with low literacy or English as a Second Language; focus on immigrants, women and Indigenous persons

Duration:

  • Training tailored to the participant; up to six months

Services/ Programs:

  • Essential skills training
  • Focus on literacy and communication
  • Workplace-specific training and supports

Eligibility:

  • Unemployed, non-EI eligible
  • Employed, low-skilled

Location(s):

  • Dawson Creek  (including Pouce Coupe, Farmington, Arras, Groundbirch, Sunset Prairie, Rolla, Toms Lake)

Contact:

Dawson Creek Literacy Society, email or 250-782-4211

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Job Readiness Training for Unemployed Workers in Northeast BC

Job readiness training program for eligible participants.

Duration:

  • Six weeks job readiness training
  • Four weeks job search and placement
  • Nine months of follow-up support

Services/ Programs:

  • Life skills training and basic upgrading
  • Employment counselling/coaching
  • Short term certificate training
  • Supported job search and placement
  • Follow-up support

Eligibility:

  • Unemployed, non-EI eligible

Location(s):

  • Chetwynd/Tumbler Ridge/Hudson’s Hope
  • Dawson Creek
  • Fort St. John

Contact:

Obair Economic Society, email or 1-800-905-9933 or 250-782-2628

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Get Youth Working

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

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):

  • Chetwynd
  • Dawson Creek
  • Fort St. John
  • Fort Nelson
  • Mackenzie

Contact:

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

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Skilled Trades Training

Supportive training and apprenticeship program in piping and other in-demand construction trades for eligible underrepresented groups.

Duration:

  • Three to six month job placement and on the job skills training

Services/Programs:

  • Upgrading
  • Introduction to the construction trade training
  • Foundation or apprenticeship training in piping, welding or other construction trades
  • Essential skills training
  • Job skills training
  • Counseling, mentoring and follow-up support

Eligibility:

  • Unemployed, non-EI eligible, and
  • Immigrants, women, youth (15-29 years, inclusive) and/or persons with disabilities

Location(s):

  • Fort St. John and surrounding communities

Contact:

UA Piping Industry College of British Columbia (Piping Industry Apprenticeship Board), email or (604/877) 540-1945

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Skilled Trades Employment Program (STEP)

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 (age 15-29)

Location(s):

  • Fort St. John and surrounding communities

Contact:

Skilled Trades Employment Program (B.C. Construction Association), email or 250 614-8903

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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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