Resources to help you

The Skills Centre contributes to local initiatives in many different ways. On this page you’ll find our latest news and blog posts, information on the bursaries we give out each year, labour market info, studies and reports we’ve been involved in, and learning opportunities for employers and employees.

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News & blog

Stories that impact you and your community, trends in the job market, our quarterly newsletter, and updates on the building renovations are only a few of the stories you’ll find in our news section. From announcements of new skills training programs to blog posts on trends we’re seeing in local employment, check back often to see what’s new at the Skills Centre.

Read our latest news to see what we’re doing in the community & how it affects you. Read our blog on topics to help you with your training & job search.

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Labour Market Information: Updates & News

We’re your local labour market experts! The Skills Centre provides local labour market updates and information for the Kootenay region, British Columbia & Canada. You’ll find our analysis of local labour market trends & statistics that affect employers & employees across the region. Stay informed with the latest info.

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Bursaries for skills training

We offer two different $1,000 bursaries each year

We give Stepping Out Bursaries each year to women living at or below the living wage to help them improve their education and increase their financial independence.

The Youth in Community Bursaries go to one student from Trail’s JL Crowe Secondary School and one student from the Kootenay Columbia Learning Centre.

Learn more about the Stepping Out Bursary & how to apply

Learn more about the Youth in Community Bursary & how to apply

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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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