An announcement made on December 9 by Minister of Advanced Education Naomi Yamamoto will see more funds coming to Capilano University for its tuition-free full-time Employment Skills Access programs.
ESA skills training programs are primarily focused on preparing participants for entry-level employment in industries, sectors or occupations that are currently experiencing or are projected to experience labour or skills shortages.
ESA programs at Capilano University include:
- North Vancouver campus:
- The popular 12-week Business & Culture for Foreign-Trained Professionals, which starts up again January 9 and offers Canadian business perspectives, intercultural interaction, business communication, accounting, MS Word & Excel and Canadian work experience;
- Introduction to Trades, a six-week program starting January 30, that will provide trade certification, such as Forklift, Confined Space and WHMIS;
- And the eight-week Retail and Hospitality Customer Service program that provides B.C. tourism certificates and cashier training, and begins February 6.
- At Cap’s Squamish and Sunshine Coast campuses, programs include:
- WorkStart Essentials, an eight-week program beginning January 23, that will provide certification in Word and Excel, WorldHost, and Occupational First Aid. Completion of this program then leads to either Business and Computer Essentials or Introduction to the Trades.
Participants in programs must be unemployed individuals who have not established an Employment Insurance claim in the past three years, or five years in the case of maternity/parental leave.
“Higher education is key to our province’s growth and prosperity as we develop the workers of the future,” Yamamoto said. “Under the BC Jobs Plan, we’re working with our quality post-secondary institutions to increase learning and employment opportunities, building the foundation for a stronger economy.”
The Employment Skills Access Initiative is funded through the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Agreement (LMA).
Over the next decade, British Columbia is projected to have more than one million job openings. A new wave of economic growth stimulated by the BC Jobs Plan will further increase the number of jobs. The BC Jobs Plan will ensure the more than $500 million provided annually for labour market and training programs is targeted to meeting regional and industry labour market needs.