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.
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
Central Interior Partners in Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CIPAHRD)
680 Athabasca Street W., Kamloops, BC V2H 1C4
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
Mid Coast First Nations Training Society (MCFNTS)
P.O. Box 941, Bella Bella, BC V0T 1Z0
Vancouver Island – Northwest Coast
Nuu-chah-nulth Employment & Training Program (NETP)
3038 3rd Avenue, Port Alberni, BC V9Y 2A5
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