ASETS Holders

Aboriginal Employment Service Agencies in B.C.

How does ITA work with the Aboriginal community?

The Industry Training Authority (ITA) works with the community-based network of First Nations and Aboriginal community training and employment service agencies across the province. In addition to Bands and Tribal Councils, the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training (ASET) holders provide support to Aboriginal people for employment and training, including in the skilled trades.

ITA works with these agencies, which have strong local support and contacts within the Aboriginal community, by providing information and contacts. In some instances, ITA also funds apprenticeship training projects in partnership with the Aboriginal community, industry and training providers.

What is the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS) program?

There are currently 14 ASETS agreement holders in B.C., with regional service areas, to help Aboriginal people prepare for, find and keep high-demand jobs now and in the long term. All Aboriginal people, regardless of status, affiliation or location, may access ASET programs and services. These include job-finding skills and training, programs for youth, access to child care, and programs for urban Aboriginal people and those with disabilities.

ASET agreement holders design and deliver employment programs and services best suited to the unique needs of their clients. ASET focuses on three priorities:

  • supporting demand-driven skills development
  • fostering partnerships with the private sector and with the provinces and territories
  • placing emphasis on accountability and results

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, through its Skills and Employment Branch-Aboriginal Affairs Directorate along with Service Canada, supports ASETs, a national strategy to support Aboriginal employment and training.

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What is the contact information for the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training (ASET) agreement holders?

Lower Mainland (Urban)
Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society (ACCESS)
Suite 108 – 100 Park Royal, West Vancouver, BC V7T 1A2
Tel: 604-913-7933

Cariboo Chilcotin Aboriginal Training Education Centre (CCATEC)
205 – 197 North 2nd Avenue, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1Z5
Tel: 250-392-2510 

Central Interior
Central Interior Partners in Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CIPAHRD)
680 Athabasca Street W., Kamloops, BC V2H 1C4
Tel: 778-471-8200

Vancouver Island – South
Coast Salish Employment & Training Society (CSETS)
201-5462 Trans-Canada Hwy., Duncan, BC V9L 6W4
Tel: 250-746-0183 Toll-Free: 1-888-811-3919

Ktunaxa Nation Council (KNC)
7468 Mission Road, Cranbrook, BC V1C 7E5
Tel: 250-489-2464

Métis Nation British Columbia
30691 Simpson Road, Abbotsford, BC V2T 6C7
Tel: 604-557-5851 Toll-Free: 1-800-940-1150

Central Coast
Mid Coast First Nations Training Society (MCFNTS)
P.O. Box 941, Bella Bella, BC V0T 1Z0
Tel: 250-957-2225

North East Native Advancing Society (NENAS)
10328 – 101st Avenue, Fort St. John, BC V1J 2B5
Tel: 250-785-0887

Vancouver Island – Northeast Coast
North Vancouver Island Aboriginal Training Society (NVIATS)
Suite 103 – 2005 Eagle Drive, Campbell River, BC V9H 1P9
Tel: 250-286-3455

Vancouver Island – Northwest Coast
Nuu-chah-nulth Employment & Training Program (NETP)
3038 3rd Avenue, Port Alberni, BC V9Y 2A5
Tel: 250-723-1331

Okanagan Training and Development Council (OTDC)
101 – 1865 Dilworth Drive, Suite 339, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9T1
Tel: 250-769-1977 or 250-542-0045

North Central
Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment & Training Association (PGNAETA)
198 Kingston Street, Prince George, BC V2L 1C3
Tel: 250-561-1199 Toll-Free: 1-800-510-0515

Fraser Valley
Stó:lō Aboriginal Skills & Employment Training (SASET)
Bldg. #8A – 7201 Vedder Rd., Chilliwack, BC V2R 4G3
Tel: 604-858-3691 Toll-Free: 1-888-845-4455

Tribal Resources Investment Corporation (TRICORP)
344 2nd Avenue West, Prince Rupert, BC V8J 1G6
Tel: 250-624-3535 Toll-Free: 1-800-665-3201