ESS PROGRAM—Thompson-Okanagan

The Matrix – Princeton Youth Employment Program

Job readiness and sector-specific training program for eligible youth.

Duration:

  • Four weeks job readiness and essential skills training
  • Up to five weeks sector specific skills training

Services/ Programs:

  • Job readiness training
  • Sector specific skills training in one of: entrepreneurial, hospitality/service or LNG
  • Job coaching and referrals
  • Work experience in hospitality/service industry or LNG
  • Follow-up support services

Eligibility:

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

Location(s):

  • Princeton

Contact:

Princeton and District Community Skills Centre or 250-295-4051

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Hire Ability Job Readiness and Essential Skills Training

Job readiness and essential skills training program for eligible persons

Duration:

  • Four weeks job readiness and skills training
  • One week essential skills training
  • Three weeks work experience
  • Up to 6 months’ follow-up support

Services/ Programs:

  • Job readiness training
  • Essential skills training
  • Short term certificate
  • One-to-one job search and support
  • Job maintenance

Eligibility:

  • Unemployed, non-EI eligible

Location(s):

  • Vernon
  • Coldstream
  • Armstrong
  • Enderby
  • Lumby
  • Cherryville

Contact:

NexusBC Community Resource Centre Society, email or 250-545-0585

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YMCA Youth Works

Essential skills and job readiness training program for eligible youth

Duration:

  • Three weeks essential skills and job readiness training
  • Three months’ work experience
  • 12 weeks follow-up support

Services/ Programs:

  • Essential skills training
  • Job readiness training
  • Short term occupational certificate training
  • Work experience with wage subsidy
  • Job placement and follow-up support

Eligibility:

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

Location(s):

  • Central Okanagan
  • Kelowna and outlying communities of Peachland, West Kelowna and Lake Country

Contact:

YMCA of Okanagan, email or 250-861-5627

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Jobs in Demand: Integrated Skills Training for Youth with Disabilities

Job readiness and essential skills training program for eligible youth with disabilities; program targets training to meet high-demand occupations including security, social serves and hospitality and service

Duration:

  • Eight weeks assessment and training
  • Minimum 12 weeks job placement and follow-up

Services/ Programs:

  • Job readiness training
  • Essential skills training
  • Short term certificate
  • Sector-specific training
  • Work/education placement
  • Follow-up support

Eligibility:

  • Unemployed, non-EI eligible, and
  • Youth with disabilities

Location(s):

  • Kamloops

Contact:

Open Door Social Services Society, email or 250-377-3670 (Kamloops North Shore) or 250-434-9441 (Kamloops South Shore)

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Get Youth Working

Provides entry-level job placements for eligible youth in retail and tourism, early childhood education and 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):

  • Armstrong
  • Chase
  • Clearwater
  • Coldstream
  • Enderby
  • Kamloops
  • Kelowna
  • Lake Country
  • Lillooet
  • Lytton
  • Malakwa
  • Merritt
  • Naramata
  • Okanagan Falls
  • Oliver
  • Osoyoos
  • Oyama
  • Peachland
  • Penticton
  • Princeton
  • Revelstoke
  • Salmon Arm
  • Savona
  • Seymour Arm
  • Sicamous
  • Sorrento
  • Summerland
  • Vernon
  • West Kelowna

Contact:

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

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Essential Skills Training - Workplace Literacy and Workplace Communication

Essential skills training program for eligible participants

Duration:

  • Six weeks essential skills training
  • Four weeks supported job placement
  • Up to 8 weeks of follow-up support

Services/ Programs:

  • Essential skills training
  • Supported work placement
  • Follow-up support

Eligibility:

  • Unemployed, non-EI eligible

 Location(s):

  • Kelowna
  • West Kelowna
  • Peachland
  • Lake Country

Contact:

Kelowna Community Resources Society, email or 250-763-8008

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Job Readiness in the 21st Century

Job readiness training for specialized populations

Duration:

  • Six weeks job readiness training
  • Four weeks supported job placement
  • Up to 8 weeks of follow-up support

Services/Programs:

  • Job readiness training
  • Supported work placements
  • Follow-up support

Eligibility:

  • Unemployed, non-EI eligible
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Older workers
  • Immigrants

Location(s)

  • Kelowna
  • West Kelowna
  • Peachland
  • Lake Country

Contact:

Kelowna Community Resources Society, email or 250-763-8008

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Indigenous Business and Entrepreneurship and Skills Training Program (BEST)

Entrepreneurial skills training for eligible Indigenous persons, with a focus on youth and persons with disabilities.

Duration:

  • Two weeks entrepreneurial training

Services/ Programs:

  • Entrepreneurial training workshops
  • Personalized, one-on-one service
  • Mentoring
  • Business plan development and funding applications

Eligibility:

  • Unemployed, non-EI eligible, and
  • Indigenous persons and/or
  • Youth and/or
  • Persons with disabilities

 Location(s):

  • Merritt (Lower Nicola Indian Band, Keremeos, Kelowna, Kamloops and Osoyoos)

Contact:

Canadian Centre for Aboriginal Entrepreneurship (CCAE) or 250 352-3878

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Women in Trades Training

Red Seal trades exploration program for eligible women. Also provides laddering to employment or further foundation technical training for successful participants.

Duration:

  • 14 weeks

Services/ Programs:

  • Essential skills training
  • Job readiness training
  • Short term certificate training
  • Connection to employers
  • Next step support

Eligibility:

  • Unemployed, non-EI eligible, and
  • Women

Location(s):

  • Kamloops

Contact:

Thompson Rivers University or 250 371-5658

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Okanagan College Women in Trades Training

Provides an exploration of trades, laddering to employment or further foundation technical training for eligible participants.

Duration:

  • 12 weeks

Services/ Programs:

  • Trades training
  • Mentoring
  • Employment readiness services and supports

Eligibility:

  • Unemployed, non-EI eligible, and
  • Women

Location(s):

  • Penticton, Kelowna, Vernon and Salmon Arm

Contact:

Okanagan College, email, 1-877-755-2266 Ext. 4825 or 250 762-5445 Ext. 4825

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Skilled Trades Employment Program (STEP) – Thompson Okanagan

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, inclusive)

 Location(s):

  • Kelowna, Penticton and Kamloops, with service to surrounding communities

Contact:

Skilled Trades Employment Program (B.C. Construction Association), email or 250 372-3364 (Kamloops), 250 491-7330 (Kelowna), 250 505-6806 (Nelson), 250 809-2288 (Penticton)

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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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