Training Opportunities

Aboriginal Skills Group

The Aboriginal Skills Group is a non-profit partnership dedicated to increasing Aboriginal employment in strategic markets. The society collaborates with First Nations communities, Métis Provincial Council and industry and training institutions. The Aboriginal Skills Group trains and certifies Aboriginals with the knowledge, experience and qualification that industries need. Training is available in the categories of heavy equipment operationwarehousingindependent power plant operationschef trainingessential skills, and Red Seal trades apprenticeships in a variety of trades.

British Columbia Aboriginal Mine Training Association

The British Columbia Aboriginal Mine Training Association (BC AMTA) works with mining companies to align their training opportunities with the jobs that are in highest demand. BC AMTA provides opportunities for Aboriginals at every level, from tutoring for those who are working on skills upgrading, to certificates for individuals looking for mining employment or those looking to expand their opportunities and knowledge in the industry.  Those looking to become a student at BC AMTA can learn more online about their programs and services, different jobs in the mining industry, and opportunities in the province.


British Columbia Construction Association

The Skilled Trades Employment Program (STEP) was originally launched in 2006 to assist foreign trained skilled workers obtain employment in the Construction Industry where there was a lack of available workers.  This first partnership between the British Columbia Construction Association and the Construction Sector Council laid the ground work for what has become an extremely successful employment program with a wide range of offerings within the province of British Columbia.
Since that first project, the STEP Network has grown to include employment programs that serve all Canadian residents wanting a career in any of the over 90 Industry Training Authority recognized trades.


Northern Lights College

Northern Lights College is B.C.’s Energy College™, serving northern British Columbia in an area covering more than 324,000 square kilometres. Programs at NLC are designed to provide you with the opportunity to obtain the necessary classroom education, and supplement that with appropriate practicum or hands-on opportunities to make the successful transition from student to employee.

You have a number of options, depending on your chosen career path. You can earn a certificate, diploma, or associate degree. Certificate programs are usually one year in duration. Diploma programs take two years. Associate degrees take two years of study (60 credits), and can be used to transfer to the third year of degree programs at provincial universities and university-colleges. Ensure the transferability of courses when making your educational plans.

At Northern Lights College you will be provided with the training and education to:

  • proceed to further education at the college or university level,
  • enter a specialized area of the workforce,
  • step directly into one of 15 different trades and apprenticeships,
  • upgrade your skills or courses, or
  • begin a career in the helping or teaching professions.