The Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society (ACCESS) offers customized employment and training services to the Lower Mainland urban Aboriginal community.  ACCESS Trades was established to increase training and apprenticeship opportunities for men and women interested in apprenticeship training and becoming certified.  The ITA funds Aboriginals in Trades Training Programs with ACCESS. See program description below.
Location: Vancouver
Service Region(s): Lower Mainland/Southwest


Horticulture Program and Math Skills Upgrading for Entry into Trades Essential Skills and Foundation Programs

The ACCESS Horticulture Program is an 18 week program offering 6 weeks of essential skills enhancement for landscaping/maintenance training in partnership with para Space Landscaping Inc, and then participants’ ladder into 6 week Common Core Level 1 for Landscape Horticulturist Apprenticeship technical training.  Students will engage in 2 weeks of Job Entry Skills training to develop their resume and job search skills, and includes local employer partners conducting interviews and offering job placements to suitable candidates. Students will continue to be supported in their job search and apprenticeship registration as apprentices sponsored by ACCESS.

ACCESS will also be offering three 4-week cohorts of Math Skills Upgrading. The objective this service is to deliver stand-alone Essential Skills Upgrading programs with a focus on numeracy for participants who are interested in Trades Training but face multiple barriers to completing the assessment criteria.  Applicants for Trades programs often have skills too low to begin the combined Essential Skills/Foundation programs offered by ACCESS and our partners. This program will prepare applicants to successfully enter and complete the assessment process for ACCESS Trades ES/Foundation programs