Lifeskills and Career Readiness Programs

University of Northern British Columbia Continuing Studies program

Location: Prince George, Terrace and Fort St. John

The Continuing Studies program at the University of Northern British Columbia serves the needs of learners of all ages. Online and 

Type: Classroom Based

Co-operative Education

Location: Prince George

Services include  workshops to assist students in preparing for employment, arranging employer recruiting and information sessions for students, participating in annual career fairs hosted on campus, posting career opportunities for Alumni, posting part-time and full-time jobs for students and organizing co-operative education work term placements.

Type: In-field

Student Success Initiative

Prince George

Programs under this initiative are introductory courses for high school students, students in their first year of study at a university, including those who have transferred from regional colleges. It is also appropriate for mature students who have been away from academic study for a period of time.

Type: Classroom Based

English Language Studies Program

Location: Prince George

The English Language Studies Program is designed to improve students' Academic English skills while promoting cultural exchange, academic success, and personal growth.

Type: Classroom Based

College of New Caledonia

Aboriginal Workplace Readiness

Location: Whut'en First Nation and Stellat'en First Nation

Focus on life skills, upgrading, industry-recognized certificates, and work experience that will transfer to the workplace for entry level employment. No tuition for eligible candidates.

Type: Classroom based

Academic Upgrading

Location: Burns Lake, Fort St. James and Vanderhoof

Academic Upgrading courses as prerequisites to other college courses, or to obtain Adult Basic Education (ABE) certificates — Fundamental, Intermediate, or Advanced. You can also use them to gain a BC Adult Graduation Diploma (formerly known as an Adult Dogwood).

Type: Classroom based

Adult Education Centre

Location: Burns Lake

Designed for the adult learner, the AEC will help improve your reading, writing, math and computer skills, broaden your job options, prepare for exams, complete prerequisites for post-secondary programs, finish high school graduation requirements (Adult Dogwood) and prepare for upcoming programs.

Type: Classroom based


Location: Burns Lake

The TARGET (Techniques for Access, Reaching Goals, and Employment Training) program introduces students with developmnetal disabilities to the basic skills required for the world of work. The program combines classroom instruction with supported entery level placements. 

Type: Classroom based

Northwest Community College

Career & College Preparation (CCP)

Location: "Houston Campus/Smithers Campus "

Our program allows you to complete your adult dogwood, prepare for future career opportunities, improve grades on courses you have already finished, and complete prerequisites for post-secondary programs at NWCC and beyond. We offer a friendly learning environment with flexible course schedules. "

Type: Classroom based 

Some online availability."

Workforce Training & Contract Services (WTCS)

Location: Smithers Campus 

Whether you're looking to learn a new skill, discover a new hobby, advance in your career or start a new one, NWCC's Workforce Training & Contract Services (WTCS) department offers a wide range of courses, certificates and lecture series to meet your needs.

Type: Classroom based

Some availability for job site training."

EBUS Academy

Adult Education 

Location: Vanderhoof

At EBUS, Adult Students (18+ years) have a choice of several Graduation Programs depending on their needs. Since graduation from high school is becoming even more important in today’s competitive career market, many people are looking for ways to complete their BC high school education or to develop their core knowledge and skills at upper grade levels.

Type: Online

"Careers Program (Industry certification or post-secondary course credits in Carpentry, Culinary arts, Electrical, Welding Program)


Location: Fort St. James, Vanderhoof, Burns Lake, and Fraser Lake

Career education programs provide secondary school students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and experience to further their education and employment opportunities. Many of the district’s career programs are in partnership with  a variety of community corporate partners as well as the College of New Caledonia (CNC) and University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). 

Type: Classroom based/Co-op

School District 54

Trades and Technical Programs-Career Prep

Location: Smithers, Houston, Telkwa

Grade 10-12 students will be working in a cohort exploring a variety of trades over the semester. Students will be introduced to trades such as: welding, electrical, carpentry and heavy equipment operator. The program is designed to give students skill in a variety of trades and a better understanding of what each trade requires to help them make more informed career choices in the trades. Students will be working out of the Smithers Secondary and Northwest Community College.

Type: Classroom based

Fort St. James Enterprise Centre

Alternative Education Program

Location: Fort St. James

Offers highschool students basic courses: Level 1 English and Math 

Type: Classroom based 

Houston Link to Learning

Literacy Program

Location: Houston

Houston Offers a learners licence group, one on one adult literacy, tutor training. A community literacy organization committed to working in partnership with individuals, families and communities to promote literacy

Type: In-house Assistance 

Lake Babine

Ted Williams Memorial Adult Learning Centre

Adult Learning Centre

Location: Burns Lake

Provides adult upgrading and post-secondary course support and transition to adults aged 19 to 99. Blends today's technological advances in all Adult Learning programs. The Babine Carrier Language is currently being introduced as part of the curriculum with the students being reintroduced into the balhats system.

Type: Classroom based

Key Resource Centre

Life Skills, Literacy Programs

Location: Fort St. James

The Key Resource Centre offers a variety of programs and events free to the community of Fort St. James. We provide in-house programs for Health and Outreach services to facilitate our Learners toward a healthier level of emotional/ social health & well-being. We provide programs for seniors, incliding income assistance and resume help. Partnered with Nak’azdli Band, Nak’azdli Heath Unit, Nak’azdli Alternate Justice, the District of Fort St. James, and FSJ Integris Credit Union

Type: In-house Assistance


The Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment and Training Association (PGNAETA)

Aboriginal Employment Gateway

Location: Prince George 

The “Gateway” is a walk-in client service with a twofold service; to place clients in industry based training and to work with industry to create job opportunities. They provide sponsorship to the Business Administration Diploma Program at the CNC Prince George Campus. 

Type: Classroom based

Aboriginal Gateway Training Centre

Location: Prince George

PGNAETA currently operates an Essential Skills Division with classroom space, computer laboratory and trained staff to facilitate industry based Essential Skills development. We are the first Aboriginal organization in Canada to possess the license for the Test of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES) and the distributorship for the PLATO and ESKILON skill building tools.

Type: Classroom based

Community Futures (Stuart Nechako & Nadina)

Training & Skill Development Programs

Location: Smithers, Houston, Burns Lake, Fraser Lake, Fort St James, Vanderhoof

Offering a range of programs including business succession support, entrepreneurship training and support, and business loans.

Type: In-Person

High Road

Supported Employment

Location: Smithers

Act as a Case Manager to provide goal-oriented and individualized supports focusing on improved vocational self-sufficiency for the consumer served through assessment, planning, linkage, advocacy, coordination, and monitoring activities

Type: Training includes on-the-job training, as well as formal and informal educational serttings

Self Help Skills

Location: Smithers

Help optimize personal, social, and vocational competency in order to live successfully in the community. Act as Case Managers and provide goal-oriented and individualized supports focusing on improved self-sufficiency through assessment, planning, linkage, advocacy, and coordination. Training sessions include group and one-on-one settings. Group learning allows for opportunities that would not present themselves in a one-on-one situations.

Type: Training sessions  (group and one-on-one)

Community Living BC

Employment Support

Location: Smithers

Inclusive employment is “every person with a disability who wants a job is employed”. More and more people with developmental disabilities want to work at jobs they enjoy, earn their own wages and feel valued as employees.

Smithers Community Services Association Community Learning Services

Location: Smithers

Adult literacy programming with volunteer tutors, Literacy awareness and tutor training workshops, Ground to Griddle Neighbourhood kitchen program, Supports and group programming for adults with low literacy, Community awareness, capacity building and promotion of support for literacy issues, Family literacy promotion and activities to help parents and children incorporate literacy into their daily lives 

Type: Classroom based

Burns Lake Native Development Corporation Services

Economic Development / Job Development Office

Location: Burns Lake

We provide assistance with business plan development, government grant applications, and we provide general advisory services. Pre and post loan counseling and trouble shooting. The Job Development Office (JDO) provides assistance with job search, employment, and training referrals.

Type: Group Workshops or Individual Sessions

Progressive Employment Services Training Services

Location: Vanderhoof 

Customized job placement and work experience placement services for clients with significant barriers to employment.

Type: Group Workshops or Individual Sessions

Fort Outreach

Training Providers

Location: Fort St. James

To support our community by making Employment Services available to unemployed and underemployed individuals, providing them with the knowledge and resources needed to become successful in accomplishing their employment related goals, which will contribute to them gaining stable, long term employment.

Type: Workshops 

Carrier Sekani Family Services

Bridging to Employment program

Location: Prince George 

Job readiness and essential skills training program for eligible participants

Type: Classroom based

Vanderhoof Public Library

Community Adult Literacy Program Community Engagement (CALP)

Location: Vanderhoof 

(Public Library, Multipurpose Room)"

The CALP program works with adult learners to increase their level of literacy. Using a holistic approach to literacy, learners are invited to take part in a variety of workshops and group learning sessions as well as one-on-one learning with local volunteer tutors in a warm, relaxing and safe environment. In partnership between CNC and the Vanderhoof Public Library.

Type: Classroom based

Fraser Lake Public Library

Gale Courses

Location: Fraser Lake

Access to instructor-led, online courses in a range of subjects, including Accounting and Finance, Business, Computer Applications, Design and Composition, Healthcare and Medical, Language and Arts, Law and Legal, Personal Development, Teaching and Education, Technology, Writing and Publishing

Type: Online

Fort St. James

Bi-Centennial Library

Literacy Program

Location: Fort St. James

Fort St. James literacy programs are in partnership with the Fort St. James Bi-Centennial Library and Nak’azdli First Nation. The program is located at the Learning Hub

Type: Classroom-based


Employment Services Centre

Peak Training and Development

Location: Smithers and Houston

WCG is a leader in delivering workforce development services. Collaborating with thousands of businesses—including local, provincial and federal governments—we develop and deliver exceptional training for adult learners of varying skill levels and backgrounds.

Type: Classroom-based

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