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? Our Training for Women program has a limited number of seats for the Kootenays for women ages 19-29. This 10 to 12 month program starts January 31. We pay all the training costs for eligible participants. We will recruit one participant from each of these locations: Grand Forks, Trail, Nelson, Fernie, Creston, and Cranbrook, for a total of 6 participants.

Contact us today to see if you're eligible for the 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 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.

This program is also funded in part by the RBC Foundation, in support of RBC Future Launch, a commitment to helping young Canadians prepare for the jobs of tomorrow.

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