Employment Workshops & Training

Get The Training You Need To Succeed:


Community Futures offers a series of free workshops designed to enhance your job search techniques. Each 2.5 hour workshop is offered in a small supportive group setting. Check out when upcoming workshops are scheduled in our Event & Program Calendar and contact us to reserve your spot. To register, come by the Community Futures office, or call (250) 442-2722.

Java & Jobs

Are you job searching? Then the Community Futures Java & Jobs sessions are perfect for you!

In a confidential and supportive environment we explore

  • Job search strategies
  • Interview techniques
  • Review current job postings
  • Provide networking opportunities
  • Develop portfolios
  • Career exploration

Training Institutions

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Essential Skills

There are nine essential skills needed for work, learning, and life. They help employers find the right talent for the right job, and job seekers to meet workplace needs.

The 9 essential skills are

  • Reading
  • Document Use
  • Numeracy
  • Writing
  • Oral Communication
  • Working with Others
  • Thinking
  • Computer Use
  • Continuous Learning

HRSDC Essential Skills Website

HRSDC Office of Literacy and Essential Skills

Skill Plan/Measure Up


Boundary Youth Success Program

The Boundary Youth Success Program is designed to assist youth facing employment barriers gain life and employment skills that will enable them to enter the workforce, return to work, or return to school. Focus is put on developing skills such as resume writing, presentation skills, communication skills, stress management, and teambuilding.

In addition, youth have the opportunity to gain certifications such as Standard First Aid, WHMIS, Foodsafe Level 1, H2S Alive, Worldhost, and more. A work experience component during the second half of the program will place the youth in a job setting related to their personal and professional interests for three days a week.

Ten youth from the Boundary area are selected to be part of each cycle of the program. To be qualified, indviduals must be:

  • Between the ages of 15 and 30
  • Out of school
  • Not currently employed
  • Not in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • In need of assistance in order to overcome employment barriers

Participants attend classes five days a week, and earn $8/hour for 30 hours per week. The program runs for 14 weeks and is subject to funding from Service Canada. Contact Community Futures Boundary for more information on Boundary Youth Success and for program dates.

For more information on this and other employment programs, contact one of the Community Futures Boundary offices.

Targeted Initiative For Older Workers Program (TIOW)

The Targeted Initiative for Older Workers (TIOW) program is provincially funded through the Ministry of Regional Economic & Skills Development. The program is designed to provide unemployed individuals with new skills and current certificates to better equip them in securing future employment.

Participants attend a variety of employment workshops including:

  • Coping with Change
  • Marketing to Potential Employers
  • Internet Job Search
  • Resumes
  • Cover Letters
  • Portfolios
  • Exploring Self-Employment
  • Discovering the Hidden Job Market
  • Interview Techniques
  • Stress Management

In addition participants receive certificate training including OFA III, Transportation of Dangerous Goods, WHIMIS, Foodsafe, and Boat Operator´s Card.

For more information on this and other employment programs, contact one of the Community Futures Boundary offices.

TIOW Frequently Asked Questions