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Labour Market Programming

Labour Market programming provides tuition-free, group-based training for unemployed individuals who need to upgrade their skills in order to get employed. Labour Market programs are focused on preparing individuals for entry-level employment in industries or occupations that are experiencing or are projected to experience labour or skills shortages. You are eligible to apply if you are currently unemployed and answer "no" to these four questions:

  • Are you currently receiving EI benefits?
  • Have you received regular EI benefits in the last three years?
  • Have you received maternity or paternal EI in the last five years?
  • Did you establish a regular EI claim in the past three year but did not receive benefits as a result of a disqualification?

Almost 400 job seekers have already graduated from NWCC programs with the help of Labour Market funding. Of those graduates, a high percentage have found well-paid, challenging jobs or continued their education.

As part of the Labour Market programming, students develop career plans based on their goals, skills and job prospects. Additional training such as resume writing and interview skills help students find jobs.

Construction Trades Helper & Labourer

A free program for eligible students to learn construction basics and earn workplace safety certifications.

Training includes:​

  • Basics of Construction
  • Chainsaw Safety
  • Traffic Control Flagging
  • Occupational First Aid Level 1
  • Transportation Endorsement
  • Construction Safety Training Systems
  • Fall Protection
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods
  • Rigging Safety 
  • Confined Space
  • Forklift Operator
  • H2S Alive
  • Helicopter Safety
  • Class 7 Learner’s license
Campus Dates
Smithers March 6 - June 7, 2017
Kitimat May 8 - August 15, 2017

For more information and to apply, please contact:

Lori Knorr, Industry Liasion/Employment Counselor (Smithers)

1.877.277.2288 ext. 5822

Dawn Blake, Industry Liaison/Employment Counselor (Kitimat)
1.877.277.2288 Ext. 5715




Building a Community Workforce & Intro to Trades

Students will begin this program by participating in 10 weeks of Intro to Trades that will give them the opportunity to make informed decisions about their future career paths. Participants will receive practical and theoretical instruction in Carpentry, Electrical, Mechanical, and Welding trades.

Upon completion of Intro to Trades, students will move into the Building Community Workforce progam. The Building Community Workforce program is a combination of upgrading, essential and life skills training that will prepare students to be successful in trades education and in their future career. Students will also have the opportunity to receive seven trades-related safety certifications.

Students who succeed in this program will be more prepared to enter a Trades Foundation program in Terrace in September 2017.

Admission Requirements:

  • Unemployed and has not collected EI in the past 3 years; OR
  • Employed and low-skilled; AND
  • Be assessed at a Grade 8-10 level for English and Math.
Campus Dates
Terrace December 5, 2016 - May 5, 2017 (Intro to Trades)

For more information, please contact:

Michelle Owen, Employment/Industry Liaison

250-635-6511 ext. 5289



Cook's Helper

Master the skills you need for entry-level work in the food industry with this funded program for persons who are unemployed or under-employed. Seating is limited.

Training includes:

  • Foodsafe Level 1
  • OFA Level 1
  • WorldHost
  • Serving It Right
  • Cashier Training

Students must apply by December 1, 2016. Seating is limited. All applicants will need to take an assessment.

Campus Dates
Prince Rupert December 5, 2016 - March 17, 2017

For more information, or to apply, please contact:

Dawn Blake, Employment Advisor/Industry Liaison

250-624-6054 ext. 5715


This funding is provided through the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Agreement.