ESS PROGRAM—Comox RD, Alberni-Clayquot RD

Get Youth Working

Provides entry-level job placements for eligible youth in the food and restaurant service industry and construction related occupations

Duration:

  • Three to six 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):

  • Comox
  • Port Alberni
  • Tofino
  • Ucluelet

Contact:

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

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Service-Ability Training Program

Job readiness and essential skills training program with a focus on the service sector

Duration:

  • Four weeks  essential skills and job readiness training
  • Two weeks occupational skills certificate training
  • Two weeks work experience
  • 26 weeks post training job placement support and follow-up

Services/ Programs:

Focus on retail, accommodation and food sectors:

  • Essential skills training
  • Job readiness training
  • Occupational certificate training
  • Work experience

Eligibility:

  • Unemployed, non-EI eligible

 Location(s):

  • Courtenay-Comox area (Black Creek, Cumberland, Fanny Bay)

Contact:

WCG International Consultants Ltd., 250-389-0699 or 1-888-562-9283 (Toll Free)

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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):

  • Campbell River and surrounding community (Nanwakolas First Nation, Mamlilikulla-Qwe’Qwa’Sot’Em Band, Tlowitsis Nation, Wei Wai Kum-Campbell River Indian Band, Kwiakah First Nation)
  • Port Hardy/Port McNeill and surrounding community (Nanwakolas First Nation, Da'naxda'xw First Nation, Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw Nation, Kwakiutl Band Council, Namgis First Nation, Quatsino First Nation, Tlatlasikwala First Nation, Homalco First Nation)
  • Comox and surrounding community (Nanwakolas First Nation, with K'òmoks First Nation, Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nations, Mt. Currie and surrounding community (Lil’Wat First Nation)
  • Port Alberni and surrounding community (Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation)

Contact:

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

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Prep Cook Certificate Program

Prepares eligible participants for entry-level positions in the food services sector. Program recognizes credits for participants who ladder into Professional Cook Level 1 and apprenticeship and trades training.

Duration:

  • 16 weeks

Services/ Programs:

  • Food services training

Eligibility:

  • Unemployed, non-EI eligible

 Location(s):

  • Campbell River
  • Port Alberni

Contact:

North Island College, email or 1-800-715-0914

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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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