The Essentials: Skills, Culture, Knowledge

Credential: Completion Certificate  Ι  Offered: Year Round

Program Description

With practice, essential skills can be developed and improve student’s level of confidence in achieving their goals and carrying out necessary tasks in life. This program delivers job training, group activities and independent studies to help enhance skills for better opportunities at school, work and life. Cultural teachings are a component of the program and designed to encourage students to share with and learn from others as well as celebrate the diverse Indigenous nations they are from. Finally, the outcomes students experience is a future focus, enhanced confidence and the essential skills to proceed on their journey of work, learning and life.



Program Calendar

Length Start Date End Date Program Name Delivery Model
12 Wks Sept 21, 2021
Dec 10, 2021 Security Professional Online
12 Wks Jan 10, 2022 April 1, 2022 Business Start-Up In Person
10 Wks April 18, 2022 June 24, 2022 Financial Services Representative In Person
6 Wks July 19, 2021  Aug 27, 2021  Career + College Prep In Person

Zoom Info Sessions

Every Tuesday at 2pm - Info Sessions will be held online via Zoom.

This Info Session will provide you an opportunity to hear more details about

  • ESCK Programs
  • Application process
  • Funding application

You will also have time to ask questions from NEC’s Recruiting Specialist.

For information on how to download Zoom to your desktop computer, visit this link.

To download Zoom for free on your mobile device go to your Google Play or Apple App Store App and search "Zoom", click download.

Program Highlights

  • Computers and technology
  • Personal development
  • Critical thinking
  • Counselling/Elders available
  • Field trips
  • Communication/conflict resolution
  • Working in groups
  • Career exploration
  • Public speaking
  • Ceremony
  • Indigenous teachings
  • Professionalism
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Writing
  • Self care
  • Training certifications
  • Community building
  • Job search assistance

Admission Requirements


How to Apply

  • Attend 1 mandatory Info Session (online or in person) to learn about the program (no pre-registration needed)
  • Submit an online application which is forwarded from Admissions to the ESCK Program Manager.
  • Email a brief statement of interest in the program and a resume to Linda at

In-Person: 235 East 5th Avenue, Vancouver BC. (We are located just off Main Street)

By Fax: Fax your application to our admissions office at (604) 873-1440

Online: Complete and submit your Online Application

Tuition & Information

Tuition: Free
Attendance incentive
Bus tickets provided
Breakfast served daily
Daycare Subsidies available

 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:

Linda Epp, Program Manager
The Essentials: Skills, Culture, Knowledge
(604) 209-1530