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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.

Essential Skills Training Program Descriptions

ESIB - Entrepreneurship Training Program

Program Dates:  April 2019, November 2019

If you have a business idea that you want to test for viability, this program will walk you through the steps of developing a business plan that will help you develop a quality product or service, a marketing strategy, and secure funding, inventory and clients. In this program you will also undergo Personal Development, Essential Skills training and other important aspects of Indigenous Business.

ESIB - Financial Sector Training Program

Program Dates:  October 2019

Do you know that a Financial Services Representative is an entry level job and the #1 skill necessary for success in that role is Customer Service? If you have previous customer service experience (of any kind), and pair it with this program which includes the basics of banking, terminology, ethics, products and services, you can be considered for a position with our values-driven Employer Partners anywhere in metro Vancouver and beyond. This career path has multiple opportunities for growth and is available to anyone with a polished, professional attitude, and laser-beam focus on their success.

ESIB - Technology Training Program

Program Dates:  August 2019

A new program offering in the ESIB program, involves the use of computers and technology in ways that are keeping up with BC’s explosive market demand. Designed for individuals who are focused, detail oriented, curious and comfortable learning in the digital world.

ESIB - Security Training Program

Program Dates:  July 2019

A part-time program designed for individuals who want to study and learn as a group for the Basic Security Training Exam and Certification, and are 100% committed to working in the industry, as a Security Officer upon completion. Guaranteed employment for successful students.

ESIB - Hospitality Training Program

Program Dates:  September 2019, January 2020

This excellent 10-week program covers everything you need to know about working in hospitality, whether you’re a tour guide, a concierge at a hotel, or food and beverage server, you will learn responsible, top-notch service techniques that will give your guests a memorable experience.

ESIB - Career & College Prep Training Program Content

Program Dates:  July 2019

A part-time preparatory program for individuals who are ready to explore the next chapter in their career path or are returning to work or school after an absence. With focus on developing career objective, life skills and workplace essential skills, students will come away from this program with developed goals, confidence and understanding of the necessary skills for success in school or the workplace.

Program Summary

Tuition & Information 


TBD - Each program will vary in length

Tuition: Free


January, April, July, October

Bus tickets provided


Completion Certificate

Breakfast served daily


Each program will vary between full-time and part-time

Daycare Subsidies available



Adult Learning Model


 Placements for successful candidates


Admission Requirements

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

This program does not require approval by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.

For more information, contact:

Justine Wallace, Recruitment and Placement Coordinator
Essential Skills for Indigenous Business, Native Education College
(604) 873-3761 Ext. 352