Going back to school or learning new skills puts you on a path to a better, more interesting job. If you’re Indigenous, you can find skills-training or upgrading help with your needs in mind here.
Skills training teaches skills for work. It often provides opportunities to practise these skills too.
- The Government of Canada funds the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS). Visit the Indigenous Agreement Holder page to find services in your area.
- Ask about skills training through your band.
- Check out employment, training, and job–readiness programs in your city.
Upgrading gives you the academic skills you may need to find work or enrol in a post–secondary program.
- Aboriginal colleges offer upgrading in an environment that includes culturally relevant programming, counselling services and access to elders.
- Some public colleges offer upgrading programs for Indigenous peoples:
- Bow Valley College Aboriginal Upgrading Program
- Mount Royal University in Calgary offers a university and college preparation program designed to meet the needs of Indigenous students who are preparing to pursue a post-secondary education.
- SCcyber E-learning Community offers Alberta’s kindergarten to Grade 12 curriculum online.
- Northern Lakes College at Grouard and Slave Lake
- Portage College at Lac La Biche, Cold Lake and St. Paul, Boyle, Frog Lake, Saddle Lake, Goodfish Lake
- Keyano College at Fort McMurray, Fort Chipewyan, Conklin, Edmonton, Fort McKay, Gregoire Lake and Janvier
- Red Deer College
- Lethbridge College
- Medicine Hat College at Medicine Hat and Brooks