Program Description

This practical, skills-based program is designed for individuals facing barriers, who are planning to enter into the workforce for the first time, return after an absence, or those changing careers. Using real life workplace simulation methods, you will complete this training confident, skilled, and eligible to work in a variety of business industries including tourism, food and beverage, hospitality, financial, and other customer service related positions. Employment placements upon completion in thriving, opportunity-rich businesses. This program can ladder into business related post-secondary training.

What are Essential Skills?

Essential Skills are the tools we use everyday in work, learning and life. We all possess them to varying degrees and they can easily be developed. The Essential Skills are Reading, Document Use, Numeracy, Writing, Oral Communication, Working With Others, Critical Thinking, Digital Technology, and Continuous Learning.

Click here to download the Essential skills Program Outline.

Program Summary

Tuition & Information 


12 Weeks

Tuition: Free  


January, April, July, October

Bus tickets provided  


Completion Certificate

Breakfast served daily  


Full-time, classroom

Daycare Subsidies available  


Monday to Friday, 9am—3pm

Adult Learning Model  


 Placements for successful candidates



Occupational First Aid Level 1
FirstHost Aboriginal Tourism
FoodSafe Level 1
Serving It Right
Bank Teller Training

Course Outline

Life Skills Travel/Tourism Training
Cultural activities & Elder access Financial Sector Training
Intro to Business Studies Industry Certifications
Workplace Essential Skills Job Search & Interviewing
Hospitality/Retail Training 3 Month Follow Up
Event Planning Training  

Admission Requirements

  • Apply Online Here
  • Email a letter of intent (why you want to take the program) to address below
  • Email your resume to address below
  • Interview with Program Coordinator (upon successful submission of other documentation)

For more information, contact:

Amanda Kai, Program Manager
Essential Skills for Indigenous Business, Native Education College
285 East 5th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5T 1H2
(604) 873-3772 Ext. 333