The Kitselas Employment & Training Department works closely with Kitselas members seeking employment and training. The department is focused on members gaining fulfilling, stable, well-paid, long-term employment, for unemployed or under-employed members who are able to work.
The department aims to provide the supports, training and experience members need to work in long-term jobs expected to be in high demand in the near future.
Available certification and training programs often depend on available funding from government and other partners, who help Kitselas offer these programs.
Most training and certification programs are free to Kitselas members.
Program Intake & Process
The path to full-time employment is not always easy nor direct. The economy is constantly fluctuating in Northwest BC, and each individual has his or her own barriers and opportunities.
The Kitselas Employment & Training Department aims to meet each member exactly where they are at – in life, and in their employment and training journey. The department aims to build up each individual’s skills and confidence, as well as offer them the programs and experience they need to succeed.
All members must participate in an initial intake assessment. Department staff and the member then work together to create an individualized action plan for the member.
Depending on the initial assessment, participants will start in one of the following tiers of the departments 5-tier program:
1. Holistic Healing
2. Life Skills Training
3. Essential Skills Training
4. Trades Training
5. Work Experience
Recognizing that each member and participant is different, the program is fluid and allows participants to move up and down throughout the stages, and at their own pace.
The department also aims to support members in their search for employment. Staff will do as much as possible to help members find a position that works for them. However, while the department aims to prepare members as much as possible and according to the current job market, staff cannot guarantee employment for training participants.
As much as possible, Kitselas offers various forms of support to program participants. Depending on the program and funding, this may include transportation, food, daycare, tools and equipment, and more.
For more information contact the Employment & Training Department.