Media Contacts

Sean Leslie

Communications Director
Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training
250 893-4403


Programs provide a range of opportunities for Indigenous people

The new training projects align with in-demand jobs and enable Indigenous learners to upskill so they can access jobs and get back to work more quickly or pursue further education.

Programs have been designed to respond to communities’ needs and priorities. Some examples include:

  • Lower Similkameen Indian Band is partnering with the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology to deliver an Aboriginal early childhood education diploma program. Graduates will have the opportunity to ladder into a bachelor of education program. Graduates will be able to work as supervisors in a variety of daycare settings, to work with children who have special needs in a variety of settings and to work with infants and toddlers.
  • The Takla Lake First Nation Environmental Monitoring certification project in Takla Landing, Prince George and Tsay Keh Dene will enable people to gain certification for jobs in the mining sector. Training is provided by University of Northern British Columbia.
  • The Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society’s (ACCESS) Level 1 Information Technology (IT) Technician Training Project in Greater Vancouver provides essential skills training and Computing Technology Industry Association industry training that can lead to certification recognized by IT businesses and organizations. Training is provided by Total Supports Solutions and ACCESS.
  • The First Nations Technology Council’s Indigenous Entrepreneurship Program is an online program delivered to Indigenous learners throughout B.C. that provides technical skills training needed for employment and participation in the growing digital economy.
  • The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres’ (BCAAFC) Health Care Assistant project prepares participants for employment as front-line care providers through training leading to Health Care Assistant Certification or a Healthcare Assistant Diploma. BCAAFC also delivers screen printing for entrepreneurs training, which provides Indigenous artisans and artists with practical business, design and screen-printing skills. Delivered in Smithers and Courtenay, these projects serve participants from 33 Indigenous communities. Training is delivered by Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre, in partnership with Native Education College and Excel Career College and by Wachiay Studio (Wachiay Friendship Centre).
  • The Kitselas First Nation’s Food Sovereignty Training project provides participants in Kitselas with hands-on and online classroom activities that support skill building and education focused on addressing food security issues. Participants learn transferable skills in agriculture, health and safety, administration and skilled trades. Training is delivered by Coast Mountain College, Tea Creek Farm, Douglas College and Kitselas Five Tier Ltd.