If you need short-term training or certification to increase your chances of getting a job, this program could help you pay for it.
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 to go toward training costs for specialized training 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:
- Class 1 Driver
- Heavy Equipment Operator
- Prep Cook
- Programming and Coding
- Office/Business Administration
- Forestry Work
- Health Care Clerk
- Security Guard/Officer
- Construction Certification
- Adventure Tourism Certification
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 employment service centre, see numbers below.
|Community||Employment Service Centre||Phone||Address|
|Castlegar||Kootenay Career Development Society||1.250.365.6515||1020 Columbia Avenue, Suite B|
|Cranbrook||Ktunaxa Nation Council Employment and Training Development||1.250.489.2464||7468 Mission Road|
|Cranbrook||Work BC Employment Service Centre||1.250.489.5117||24–11 Avenue South|
|Creston||Kootenay Employment Services||1.250.428.5655||119–11 Avenue North|
|Fernie||Work BC Employment Service Centre||1.250.423.4204||302C–2 Avenue|
|Golden||Work BC Employment Service Centre||1.250.344.5413||421–9 Avenue, Suite 205|
|Invermere||Work BC Employment Service Centre||1.250.341.6889||1313–7 Avenue|
|Nakusp||Outreach Employment Services||1.250.265.3318||205–6 Avenue NW|
|Nelson||Kootenay Career Development Society||1.250.352.6200||203–514 Vernon Street|
|Revelstoke||WCG International||1.250.814.0244||117 Campbell Avenue|
|Trail||Career Development Services||1.250.364.1104||1565 Bay Avenue
|Trail||Greater Trail Community Skills Centre||1.250.368.6360||123–1290 Esplanade|
|Valemount||Valemount Learning Centre||1.250.566.4601||1201–5 Avenue|