Education & Skills Training

Educational opportunities from pre-school through adulthood help improve outcomes for Aboriginal learners in B.C. These opportunities include early childhood education, Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreements, the Aboriginal Post-Secondary Strategy, Labour Market Agreements, and employment and trades training across sectors.

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The Province provides many specialized programs and services to support Aboriginal students and help them succeed in post-secondary education. This includes new courses and curriculum, events, student services and culturally welcoming Gathering Places on public institution campuses.

Support for education and skills training includes

  • Kindergarten to grade 12 curriculum, special needs and cultural education training for teachers
  • First Nations' community school development and support
  • Urban Aboriginal Peoples education and training support
  • Aboriginal people's post-secondary and advanced education support
  • Aboriginal people's career planning and development

B.C.'s Skills for Jobs Blueprint

Initiatives, programs and services are being developed to support Aboriginal Peoples through B.C.'s Skills for Jobs Blueprint.

The Blueprint includes special focus on

  • Aboriginal youth worker support networks
  • Funding for community-based skills training
  • Engaging with Aboriginal youth
  • Supporting skills training for urban Aboriginal people through the Off-Reserve Aboriginal Action Plan
  • Engaging Aboriginal people in liquefied natural gas (LNG) opportunities

The B.C. government coordinates with agencies and organizations to help meet goals set out in B.C.'s Skills for Jobs Blueprint.

An Inventory of Aboriginal Skills Training Programs has been developed in response to a request from Aboriginal communities in B.C. The programs highlighted in the inventory are delivered by the provincial and federal governments, and some Aboriginal and industry organizations.