If you are unemployed or underemployed consider short-term training or certification as part of your return to work plan. Contact your local WorkBC centre at the numbers below or contact the program coordinator at 1.844.427.1798.
This program provides up to $800 to go toward tuition for a short-term course that will help you secure immediate employment. The money is paid directly to the educational/training institution. You may keep applying until you have used up the full $800 limit. After you’ve used $800, you must wait five years to reapply.
This program also provides 75 per cent of the training costs, up to $7,500 for a specialized training bursary where there is an identified skills shortage and high labour demand in the Columbia Basin. The following have been identified as the eligible specialized skills training areas:
- Adventure Tourism Certification
- Construction Certification
- Early Childhood Education
- Forestry Work
- Health Care Clerk
- Heavy Equipment Operator
- Office/Business Administration
- Prep Cook
- Programming and Coding
- Security Guard/Officer
Who Can Apply
You may apply if you are a Basin resident who is:
- underemployed (working less than 20 hours per week); or
- currently employed working more than 20 hours per week earning a wage that is not meeting your basic financial needs.
You may keep applying until you have used up the full $800 limit. After you’ve used $800, you must wait five years to reapply.
How to Apply
The program accepts applications year-round.
If you currently work more than 20 hours per week you must speak to the Program Administration at 1.844.427.1798 for further details and eligibility criteria.
If you are unemployed or underemployed, you must speak to your local WorkBC centre, see numbers below.
|Community WorkBC Centre||Phone||Address|
|Castlegar||1.250.365.6515||1016 4th Street|
|Cranbrook||1.250.489.5117||Suite 210 1113 Baker Street|
|Creston||1.250.428.5655||119–11 Avenue North|
|Golden||1.250.344.5413||421–9 Avenue, Suite 205|
|Nakusp||1.250.265.3318||205–6 Avenue NW|
|Nelson||1.250.352.6200||203–514 Vernon Street|
|Revelstoke||1.250.814.0244||117 Campbell Avenue|
|Trail||1.250.364.1104||1565 Bay Avenue
|ʔaq̓am||1.250.489.2464||7468 Mission Road|