Skills Training

The Skills Centre provides free and low-cost skills training and employment programs. We will help you get the certifications you need, help with your resume and interview skills, and offer financial support while you learn.

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Brave Beginnings for Newcomers

Brave Beginnings for Newcomers offers recent immigrants personalized employment assistance services, skills training & financial support. You can take up to $1,000 of short term training courses such as first aid, food safe, WHMIS, Super Host or other training you might need. We will help you build your own networks, supports and friendships in your community. Brave Beginnings is available in English, French, Spanish, Gujarati & Hindi.

This program has finished. If you want to learn other ways we can help, please contact us.

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Workshops on topics such as:

  • Career Assessments
  • Soft skills + essential skills workshops
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Communication, appearance, habits, diversity, teamwork + conflict
  • Creativity & problem solving

How it works

You can work together in a small group or one on one. We will help with childcare & transportation costs, we can pay for work gear or equipment, and you get a training wage and a bonus when you complete the program.

We’re thrilled that our diverse staff are able to serve you in English and 4 other languages. Check out Brave Beginnings for Newcomers to help you learn new skills, gain confidence & find the job you want.

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Meet your facilitators

Bethel Torres has been part of the Skills Centre as admin support and more recently as our new project specialist. Using her professional expertise, especially with languages, and her experience moving to Canada and finding a rewarding job, she knows how to help clients who are new to the country.

Harshil Patel works at the Skills Centre as a program facilitator and placement coordinator. He is fluent in Gujarati, Hindi and English.

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"Brave Beginners is a great program that is helping me and my daughter to improve our personal and working skills in addition with financial support for training. Bethel and Harshil have been very kind, patient and supportive. We are so much grateful to them and the program."

Brave Beginnings for Newcomers Participant

Funding for the programs comes through B.C.’s Economic Recovery Plan through the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training and the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Workforce Development Agreement.

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