ESS PROGRAM—Greater Victoria excluding Victoria

Bridges Career Mentoring Program

One-on-one mentoring for women survivors of violence, trauma and abuse.

Duration:

  • Nine months of combined classroom training and one-to-one mentorship

Services/ Programs:

  • Essential and life skills training
  • Goal setting and accountability
  • Career focus and development training

Eligibility:

  • Unemployed, non-EI eligible, and
  • Women

Location(s):

  • Greater Victoria (Victoria, Saanich, Sidney, Central Saanich, Langford and the Western Communities)
  • Tsawout First Nation and the Metis Nation Greater Victoria

Contact:

Bridges for Women Society or 1-866-896-3356 or 250-385-7410

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Business Works for Youth (BWY)

Entrepreneurial training program for youth

Duration:

  • Varies depending on service level required by the individual participant

Services/Programs:

  • Business plan development and implementation
  • Business coaching
  • Mentoring
  • Follow-up support

Eligibility:

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

Location(s):

  • Greater Victoria region

Contact:

ETHOS Career Management Group Ltd., email or 250-741-8116

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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):

  • Saanich
  • Sidney
  • Sooke
  • Victoria

Contact:

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

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FrameWork: A Job Readiness Program

Job readiness training program for eligible participants

Duration:

  • Four weeks job readiness training
  • Up to 26 weeks  work experience or follow-up support

Services/ Programs:

  • Life skills training
  • Short term certificate training
  • Employment counselling, mentoring and coaching
  • Work experience with wage subsidy

Eligibility:

  • Unemployed, non-EI eligible

 Location(s):

  • Greater Victoria

Contact:

WorkLink, email, 250-474-2598 (FrameWork) 250-478-9525 (Main)

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Indigenous Business and Entrepreneurship and Skills Training Program (BEST)

Entrepreneurial skills training for eligible IndigenousIndigenous 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):

  • Greater Victoria and surrounding community (Songhees Nation with Esquimalt Nation, Skwin’ang’eth Se’las Development Company)

Contact:

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

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S.T.A.R.T.E. – Skills Training and Readiness to Employment

Job readiness training with a focus on the film industry

Duration:

  • Four weeks job readiness training
  • Two weeks film industry training
  • 12 weeks work experience
  • Two weeks follow-up support

Services/ Programs:

  • Essential and life skills training
  • Job readiness training
  • Film industry training
  • Work experience and follow-up

Eligibility:

  • Unemployed, non-EI eligible

Location(s):

  • Greater Victoria Capitol Region District
  • Southern Gulf Islands
  • Sidney and Saanich Peninsula
  • Saanich

Contact:

Beacon Community Services, email or 250-656-0134

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Skilled Trades Employment Program (STEP)

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

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 persons 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):

  • Victoria (and surrounding communities)

Contact:

Skilled Trades Employment Program (B.C. Construction Association), email or 250 361-1607

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Indigenous Trades Training Initiative

Trades exploration program for eligible Indigenous persons.

Duration:

  • 12 weeks

Services/ Programs:

  • Cultural supports
  • Life skills training
  • Essential skills training
  • Academic assessment
  • Industry certification
  • Foundational and technical training
  • Employment transition supports/job coaching

Eligibility:

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

Location(s):

  • Victoria, Beecher Bay, Malahat, Songhees, Esquimalt, Tsawout

Contact:

Camosun College, Susan Wilson, Coordinator, 250 370-4779 or Larry Underwood, Coordinator, 250 370-4778

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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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