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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Medical Lab Assistant Training

Interested in a career as a medical lab assistant? In 2022 we piloted a program to train women ages 19-29 as medical lab assistants in 6 Kootenay and Boundary communities. This is a 10 to 12 month program. We're working to arrange future intakes.

Contact us today if you are interested in a future Medical Lab Assistant training program.

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The Skills Centre is partnering with Interior Health and Thompson Rivers University to offer this training.

  • The Medical Lab Assistant training will allow participants to obtain stable employment, earn a living wage, and fill essential job vacancies in our region.
  • We’ll also provide soft skills and essential skills workshops to help participants prepare for job interviews and starting a new job.
  • The program consists of five online theory courses, a five-day in-person workshop, and an 8 week clinical practicum in a hospital or laboratory. These components provide the theory, skills and certification required for participants to work as a Medical Lab Assistant.

Are you eligible for the Medical Lab Assistant training?

To be eligible for this program, you must:

  • be a woman 19 – 29 years old
  • be a Canadian Citizen; or a Permanent Resident; or Protected person entitled to work in Canada
  • be living in B.C.
  • have a Social Insurance Number (SIN)
  • be unemployed, or employed part time, seasonally, casually, or precariously employed and seeking training to find a new job, prepare for changing job requirements or new job opportunities
  • Participants cannot be enrolled in another federally or provincially funded training program at the same time.
  • Participants currently receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, and those on Income Assistance (IA), are eligible to participate.
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"I was very impressed with the level of service provided by the Skills Centre. I was able to find full-time employment in my field within a month of completion of my courses. I highly recommend taking advantage of what the Skills Centre has to offer."

Skills Training for Youth Participant

Funding for our programs comes from multiple provincial and federal sources, including:

  • Ministry of Post Secondary Education and Future Skills and the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Workforce Development Agreement
  • The Government of Canada’s Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities
  • The Government of Canada’s Skills for Success Program
  • The Government of Canada’s Social Development Partnerships Program
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