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Rodney Porter

Communications Director
Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training
250 889-7494


Skills training and employment supports for young adults

Thirty-nine skills training and employment support programs for young adults and young adults at risk are available in rural and urban areas throughout the province.

Twenty-two young adult programs are available for individuals aged 18 to 24 years at the time of intake:

  1. Get Youth Working – Bowman Employment Services Inc. – provincial
  2. Employment Now – Boys and Girls Club of South Coast – Greater Vancouver
  3. Employment Now – Boys and Girls Club of South Coast – Surrey/Delta
  4. Skilled Labourer Program – College of New Caledonia – Cariboo Regional District, Fraser-Fort George Regional District, Bulkley-Nechako Regional District
  5. Camp and Catering Program – College of New Caledonia – Cariboo Regional District, Bulkley-Nechako Regional District
  6. Future Troopers: Immigrant Youth Employment Program – DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society – Greater Vancouver Regional District
  7. TechWORKS for Young Adults – ETHOS Career Management Group – Vancouver Island
  8. STE for Young Adults – Greater Trail Community Skills Centre – Kootenay Boundary Regional District
  9. Youth in Tech – The Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia – Greater Vancouver Regional District
  10. Game Changer: An Employment Program for Immigrant Youth – Association of Greater Victoria – Victoria
  11. Aspire – Kootenay Employment Services Society – East Kootenay Regional District
  12. The GIG Project – MCC Community Enterprises – Greater Vancouver Regional District, Abbotsford, Mission, Aldergrove
  13. Fast Track to Manufacturing Careers – Multilingual Orientation Services (MOSAIC) – Greater Vancouver Regional District
  14. Training for Jobs – Nexus BC Community Resource Centre Society – North Okanagan Regional District
  15. Tomorrow’s Workforce Now: Skills Training for Young Adults – Obair Economic Society – Peace River Regional District
  16. Skills Training for Young Adults with Disabilities – Open Door Social Services Society – Kamloops
  17. Youth Technical Employment and Business Pathways – Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society – Surrey, Delta, Coquitlam
  18. Youth Employment Connect: Training for Jobs – S.U.C.C.E.S.S. – Greater Vancouver Regional District, Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Tri-Cities, Surrey and Richmond
  19. Self-Employment Training for Young Entrepreneurs – S.U.C.C.E.S.S. – Greater Vancouver Regional District
  20. Construct Your Future – Vancouver Island Construction Association – Capital Regional District
  21. Early Years Assistant Training Program – The YMCA of Greater Vancouver – Greater Vancouver Regional District
  22. Youth Connects – YMCA of Okanagan Association – Central Okanagan Regional District

Seventeen young adult programs for at-risk individuals who are generally not employment ready and face barriers to employment. A barrier could include something such as a former or current youth in care, housing instability, criminal justice involvement, incomplete high school education or history of addiction and substance abuse.

  • Indigenous Youth Employment Project – Association of Neighbourhood Houses of B.C. – Greater Vancouver Regional District
  • Employing Youth from Care (Bootstrap Project) – Aunt Leah’s Independent Life Skills Society – Greater Vancouver Regional District, Metro-Vancouver
  • First Nations Youth Training Program – Blue Collar Silviculture – Cariboo, North Coast and Nechako, Vancouver Island/Coast Development Regions
  • Get Youth Working – Bowman Employment Services – Province of B.C.
  • Virtual Skills Training for Employment Preparation (Vstep) – Buxton Consulting – Fraser Valley Regional District
  • STEP-YA – INEO Employment Counselling – Port Alberni, Ucluelet, Tofino
  • Young Adult Training Program – The John Howard Society of B.C. – Prince George, Kamloops, Kelowna, Okanagan, Mainland/Southwest, Capital Regional District, Nanaimo
  • SMART launch – Kootenay Career Development Society – Kootenay Boundary Regional District, Central Okanagan Regional District
  • Aspire – Kootenay Employment Services Society – East Kootenay Regional District
  • Manufacturing Youth Skills Training (MYST) – Mission Community Skills Centre Society – Fraser Valley Regional District
  • Working Warriors Project – Prince George Native Friendship Centre Society – Fraser-Fort George Regional District
  • Trade Builders Program for Young Adults at Risk – Progressive Intercultural Community Service Society – Surrey, Delta, Richmond
  • QUEST Plus Pipeline Construction Worker Training Program – Workforce Development Consulting Services of Northern B.C. – Kitimat-Stikine Regional District
  • Youth Breakthrough to Employment and Training (Youth BEAT) – The YMCA of Greater Vancouver – Greater Vancouver Regional District, Metro-Vancouver: Primarily Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, Delta, Coquitlam
  • Youth Works Employment Program – YMCA of Northern B.C. – Fraser-Fort George Regional District
  • Strive Program – Young Women’s Christian Association – Greater Vancouver Regional District
  • Career and Vocational Exploration (CAVE) – Douglas College – Greater Vancouver Regional District