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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Sparking Opportunities

Sparking Opportunities is a new program to help people with a physical or mental barrier or disability find remote work or self-employment opportunities to work from home.

Do you have a physical, mental, cognitive, learning, communication or sensory impairment, or limitation that hinders your ability to work? Are you interesting in being self employed or working remotely?

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Sparking Opportunities is available in the West Kootenay & Boundary region

If you have a permanent or recurring physical, mental, neurodevelopmental, or any other barrier or disability that restricts your ability to perform daily activities and require assistance to prepare for, obtain and keep employment or self-employment, or advance your career, you may be eligible.

We offer service in English, Spanish & Filipino.

Access short term training specific for your needs:

  • Essential skills workshops
  • Psychological first aid
  • Entrepreneurial assessment
  • Start-up training
  • Communications & marketing training Financial training
  • Counselling sessions
  • Holistic supports such as yoga, art therapy, equine-assisted learning & mindfulness
  • Get financial support to purchase a laptop
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Meet your facilitator

Karina Allis is your Sparking Opportunities facilitator.

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"I feel I can better represent myself when interacting with a supervisor or co-worker. I feel more confident of how to express myself better. I am feeling more positive. I would recommend this workshop for sure. I found it very enjoyable and encouraging."

Mature Workers 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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