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Labour Market Programming

Labour Market programming provides tuition-free, group-based training for unemployed individuals who need to upgrade their skills in order to gain employment. Programs focus on preparing individuals for entry-level employment in industries projected to experience labour shortages.  

If you are currently unemployed, contact the WTCS department to determine your eligibility.

Almost 400 job seekers have already graduated from NWCC programs with the help of Labour Market funding. Of those graduates, a high percentage have found well-paid, challenging jobs or continued their education.


Building Maintenance Worker Program

The Building Maintenance Worker Program prepares students to write the ITA Residential Building Maintenance Worker Level 1 exam.

A Residential Building Maintenance Worker repairs buildings (single/family unit, multi-unit low-rise and high-rise) including minor carpentry, drywall, electrical, flooring, painting, plumbing, refrigeration and ventilation, roofing repairs, maintenance, inspections, testing, and problem-identification;
and including the same for simple commercial, institutional and mixed-use buildings, within BC Safety Authority and WCB regulations.

This program will prepare students to enter the workforce as building maintenance workers and superintendents.

Training includes:

  • Building Service Worker Level 1 & 2
  • OFA Level 1
  • Forklift Operator Training
Campus Dates
Terrace May 28-August 31, 2018


Construction Trades Helper & Labourer

A free program for eligible students to learn construction basics and earn workplace safety certifications.

Training includes:​

  • Basics of Construction
  • Chainsaw Safety
  • Traffic Control Flagging
  • Occupational First Aid Level 1
  • Transportation Endorsement
  • Construction Safety Training Systems
  • Fall Protection
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods
  • Rigging Safety 
  • Confined Space
  • Forklift Operator
  • H2S Alive
  • Helicopter Safety
  • Class 7 Learner’s license
Campus Dates
Masset May 21-July 28, 2018
Hazelton June 4-August 31, 2018


Building a Community Workforce

Designed to help people ugrade their skills to enter or re-enter the workforce. This government funded program combines classroom instruction with hands on exploratory trades industry training to improve participant's qualificiations for working in high demand occupations in our region.

Upon completion students will be job ready and highly employable in their new field of training.

Participants receive:

  • Industry-recognized certificates
  • Essential skills training that supports success in employment
  • Job search understanding, supports and resources
  • Hands-on trades industry skills
  • Preparation for employment and further trades training.

Admission Requirements:

  • Unemployed and has not collected EI in the past 3 years; OR
  • Employed and low-skilled; AND
  • Be assessed at a Grade 8-10 level for English and Math.
Campus Dates
Smithers February 5 - June 29, 2018

This funding is provided through the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Agreement.


For more information about these programs or to apply, please contact:

Karen McMurray
Regional Contracts Officer
1.877.277.2288 Ext. 5304