Employment Skills Access Initiative

BC_Labour_Market_Programs_headerEmployment Skills Access Initiative

Look into B.C. programs and services that help people gain skills and find employment. Check if you qualify under their eligibility requirements.

  • Aboriginal Business Entrepreneurship Skills Training (BEST)
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  • Aboriginal Training and Employment Program (ATEP)
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  • BladeRunners
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  • Employment Skills Access Initiative

Provides tuition-free, group-based training at public post-secondary institutions around B.C. to prepare eligible participants for entry/re-entry into the labour force.
Duration: 3 weeks to 9 months (varies by institution and training program)


  • Training programs offered through this initiative are based on local/regional labour market priorities.
  • In most cases, training programs prepare participants for entry-level employment in an industry, sector or occupation currently experiencing, or expected to experience, a labour or skills shortage.


  • Unemployed, non-Employment Insurance clients
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Not a student at time of enrolment

Contact the institution(s) in your area for more information about ESA training programs:

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