Workplace Essential Skills Training

Workplace Essential Skills Training Program Brochure

This part-time program combines classroom instruction and work-site training. It offers adults with disabilities opportunities to learn new skills in the areas of:

  • Employment preparation
  • Life skills required for workplace and independent living
  • Job-specific work skills

Students may be permitted to take individual courses or program components if space is available. See course schedule.

Course Content

  • Communication skills and work habits
  • Employer/employee attitudes and expectations
  • Time management
  • Decision-making and problem-solving
  • Knowing your strengths; Knowing your needs
  • Team work
  • Positive self esteem
  • Learning how to look for work
  • Interview skills
  • Handling money and banking
  • Managing on a budget
  • Reading and writing at work

Work Site Training

Students spend one or two mornings / week in practical, hands-on, work-related activities. These are aimed at introducing students to job-related skills. The students' work site training will occur at various locations in the Cowichan Valley. In these settings, students acquire vocational skills and positive work habits for entry-level work areas such as retail, janitorial, horticultural, and food preparation. This takes place in the second semester of the first year.

Admission Requirements

  • Students must be at least 17 years of age and out of high school for at least one year.
  • A basic literacy level and ability to work independently is necessary.
  • Suitability for enrollment is determined by an intake interview.
  • Students must arrange their own transportation to and from work sites.

How to Apply

  1. Call the program coordinator at 250-746-3508 to discuss your interests from there you will...
  2. Arrange to visit our classroom to see how classes are structured.
  3. Complete an Application Form and obtain your “Permission to Register” then you will...
  4. Take your form to Registration and get registered. There is an application fee to be paid at this time.

Tuition and Fees

See Program details.

All fees and costs are subject to change without prior notice.

Financial assistance may be available through the Adult Basic Education Student Assistance Program (ABESAP) in the form of a grant for those who qualify. Application forms are available from Student Affairs, 250-746-3509.

For Further Information

Please contact the program coordinator at 250-746-3508 for up-to-date information, or call Student Affairs at 250-746-3509.

Program details