Upskilling Opportunities


gerund or present participle: upskilling
  1. teach (an employee) additional skills.
    “this is an opportunity to upskill staff and expand their capabilities”
    • (of an employee) learn additional skills.
      “they will provide grants of up to 75% for staff who decide to upskill”


Canada-B.C. Jobs Grant to provide $7 million for “upskilling”
by JOC DIGITAL MEDIA Apr 25, 2016

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The governments of British Columbia and Canada announced on April 22 that $7 million will be available under the Canada-B.C. Job Grant to assist businesses in providing skills training to employees.
Canada-B.C. Jobs Grant to provide $7 million for “upskilling”.
Construction has been targeted as a ‘high priority’ industry, along with the technology and green economy sectors. Priority sectors will receive $5 million of the funding, with $1 million allocated for employers to train and hire under-represented individuals in the B.C. workforce, including Aboriginal people, those with disabilities, and youth. Organizations working with employers interested in hiring and training refugees will receive the remaining $1 million.

The Canada-B.C. Job Grant is a cost-sharing partnership between the federal and provincial governments as well as employers. The program is employer-driven, with governments providing two-thirds of the total training cost for an employee up to $10,000 per person to offset the cost of training, with the employer contributing one-third of the cost of training.

Information on eligibility criteria and application process is available on WorkBC’s website at: Funding covers tuition and training fees, mandatory student fees, textbooks, software and other required training materials, and examination fees.

Employers will be able to apply for funding as of April 22 for skills training with start dates from April 22 to Sept. 30, 2016.

“Our economy is expected to lead the country in economic growth over the next two years. This funding will go a long way to help businesses provide their employees with the skills training they need so that we have the workforce to keep our economy diverse, strong and growing,” B.C. premier Christy Clark said.

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