Selkirk To Receive Almost $675,000 In Funding From ESA Initiative

BC Government Investing Over $13 Million

Announced in a press release December 9th from the Ministry of Advanced Education, the BC Government will invest over $13M in new skills training programs.

As part of ‘Canada Starts Here: The B.C. Jobs Plan’, over 50 skills training programs are being delivered by 20 post- secondary institutions throughout the province under the government’s Employment Skills Access Initiative (ESA). This project is funded within government’s existing fiscal plan.

Employment Skills Access Initiative

Through ESA, eligible British Columbians are provided with tuition-free, group-based training at public, post-secondary institutions to prepare them for entry or re-entry into the labour force. 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. 

Funding for The Kootenay Region

The funding for the Kootenay region will be dispersed as follows:

Selkirk's ESA Program

  • $423,494 – Administrative Skills, 48 participants. This 24-week program provides training for entry-level administrative and clerical positions.
  • $251,030 – Early Childhood Care Education Assistant, 40 participants. This 20-week program provides the certification needed to become employable at childcare facilities.

College Of The Rockies

  • $87,120 – Introduction to the Trades Program, 12 participants. This 10-week program provides participants with certification required to gain employment in a trades-related position at an entry or apprentice level.
  • $269,332 – Forestry Boot Camp Training Program, 24 participants. This three-week program provides the certification needed to gain entry-level employment in the forest industry.