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 Indigenous Skills and Employment Training (ISET) Program. Look for an Indigenous service delivery organization near you 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 Indigenous Foundational Learning
- Indigenous University Bridging Program at Mount Royal University in Calgary
- 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 Polytechnic
- Lethbridge College
- Medicine Hat College at Medicine Hat and Brooks
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