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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
Gitlaxt'aamiks (New Aiyansh) April 2 - June 29, 2018

Building a Community Workforce

Designed to help people ugrade their skills to enter or re-enter the workforce. This government funded program combines classroom instruction with hands on exploratory trades industry training to improve participant's qualificiations for working in high demand occupations in our region.

Upon completion students will be job ready and highly employable in their new field of training.

Participants receive:

  • Industry-recognized certificates
  • Essential skills training that supports success in employment
  • Job search understanding, supports and resources
  • Hands-on trades industry skills
  • Preparation for employment and further trades training.

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
Smithers February 5 - June 29, 2018
Haida Gwaii April 2 - August 4, 2018

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


For more information about these programs or to apply, please contact:

Karen McMurray
Regional Contracts Officer
1.877.277.2288 Ext. 5304