STE: Impacted Workers

Supporting British Columbians living in communities impacted by mill closures and shift reductions, this program provides access to skills training and employment supports to assist participants in achieving sustainable employment.

Eligible Participants

British Columbians in an impacted community that are unemployed, underemployed or precariously employed. Priority may be given to individuals who are not eligible for Employment Insurance.

Services

Programs include skills training and employment supports to help participants obtain sustainable employment. Employment supports address barriers to participation in skills training and employment. Examples may include counselling, mentoring, child care, transportation, disability supports, work experience, wage subsidies and equipment.

Programs:

 

DeNovo

The DeNovo program offers computer skills and short-term occupational certificate training, hands-on training, a job club and work experience. Wage subsidies, mentorships, direct matching to employers and Indigenous cultural components are available if needed.

Living supports may be provided for participants to attend the program at one of the four locations. 

Financial supports may include:

  • Child care
  • Transportation
  • Training allowance
  • Living supports
  • Cost-sharing tuition assistance

Regional Districts:

  • Province-wide service delivery

Training Locations:     

  • Prince George
  • Vernon
  • Kelowna
  • Langley

Contact:

Canadian Vocational Training Centre, email or 250-596-1575 

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Skills Highway

The Skills Highway program offers occupational and essential skills training in a variety of fields as determined by participant needs and an assigned training coach, who provides job search assistance and guidance. Indigenous cultural components and on-the-job-training are also available. 

Financial supports may include:

  • Child care
  • Transportation

Regional Districts:

  • Bulkley-Nechako Regional District
  • Fraser-Fort George Regional District
  • Kitimat-Stikine Regional District
  • North Coast Regional District

Training Locations:

  • Kitimat
  • Prince George
  • Valemount
  • Prince Rupert
  • Smithers

Contact:

Kopar Administration Ltd, email or 1-877-564-3545

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Work Connect Program

The Work Connect Program delivers essential skills training and occupational certificate training within three training streams: Site Control & Safety, Camp Attendance/Maintenance and Retail & Hospitality. Training also includes paid work experience, on-the-job coaching and job search skills. 

Financial supports may include:

  • Transportation
  • Training allowance

Regional Districts:

  • Bulkley-Nechako Regional District
  • Fraser-Fort George Regional District
  • Kitimat-Stikine Regional District
  • North Coast Regional District
  • Peace River Regional District

Training Locations:

  • Prince Rupert
  • Mackenzie
  • Prince George
  • Valemount/McBride
  • Smithers
  • Terrace
  • Fort St. John

Contact:

Workforce Development Consulting Services, email or 250-564-8044


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Job Options

The Job Options program provides a small classroom setting for participants to develop essential life and practical skills. Training includes computer skills, interpersonal skills, Indigenous cultural components and short-term occupational certificates.

Financial supports may include:

  • Child care
  • Transportation
  • Training allowance
  • Student fees
  • Work equipment
  • Recreation passes
  • Refreshments

Regional Districts:

  • Fraser-Fort George Regional District
  • Bulkley-Nechako Regional District
  • Peace River Regional District

Training Locations:

  • Mackenzie
  • McLeod Lake
  • Burns Lake
  • Fort St. James
  • Tsay Keh Dene
  • Kwadacha

Contact:

College of New Caledonia, email or 250-997-7200

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Work Keys

Participants receive essential skills training and support in a variety of fields as determined by individual needs and an assigned training coach. Also included is occupational certificate training, job search assistance and work experience. Indigenous cultural components are also available.

Financial supports may include:

  • Child care
  • Transportation

Regional Districts:

  • Bulkley-Nechako Regional District

Training Locations:

  • Smithers

Contact:

Kopar Administration Ltd, email or 1-877-564-3545

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Elevation to Employment

Participants receive one-on-one counselling/coaching, occupational certificate and on-the-job training in a variety of fields including carpentry, plumbing, education assistant and hair stylist. Computer skills training, work experience, wage subsidies and Indigenous cultural components are also available. 

Financial supports may include:

  • Child care
  • Transportation
  • Training allowance
  • Work gear
  • Refreshments
  • Meal allowance
  • Accommodation

Regional Districts:

  • Peace River Regional District

Training Locations:

  • Chetwynd
  • Dawson Creek
  • Fort St. John
  • Tumbler Ridge

Contact:

Obair Economic Society, email or 250-782-2628

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