The Kitselas Employment & Training Department works closely with Kitselas members seeking employment and training. The department is especially focused on gaining stable and 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.
All 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 employment and training. 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 (what does this look like?). 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 stages:
1. Holistic Healing Program Choices and/or Transformations)
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.
Once members have completed the five stages, the department aims to help members find employment. Staff will do as much as possible to find them a position.
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.
Kitselas Training Centre
Most training takes place at the Kitselas Employment and Training Centre located above the Tillicum Twin Theatre in Terrace though some training is only available elsewhere.
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.