Workforce Development

Through secured funding CNC Community & Continuing Education provides tuition free training for entry-level trades exploration, training and employment services that are targeted to eligible individuals who are under-represented (Indigenous, women, immigrants, and youth) in the trades and/or facing other barriers to sustainable employment.

BC Workforce Development

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LaKles Way-hut (la’-kles veh-h’ut): Business Start-Up for Indigenous Youth

Let’s help your business dream or idea take flight.

If you’re a young Indigenous person and have a business idea or want to start a business, apply for LaKles Way-hut: Business Start-Up for Indigenous Youth.

The program is free for qualified students. You also get a living allowance.

This full-time 13-week program lays a foundation for entrepreneurial experience and success. Participants will gain knowledge about core business practices and the broader enterprise environment through a combination of instruction and practice delivered by highly-qualified teachers, mentoring by Indigenous entrepreneurs and community leaders, the incubation of small business ideas, and the opportunity to apply and extend their knowledge and skill through relevant, meaningful work placement. Following the program, participants will be able to leverage that knowledge and skill as they pursue their own business development, contribute to existing ventures, or move into further educational opportunities in support of their goals.

Industry certifications & online training

  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Respect in the Workplace
  • OFA Level 1
  • Foodsafe
  • First Host

Program Supports

  • Tuition, Fees and books
  • Weekly Training Wage
  • CNC Program Coach & WorkBC Services

You may qualify for the program if you are:

  • 15 to 29 years old;
  • a Canadian citizen/permanent resident;
  • legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • living in BC;
  • not a full-time student;
  • not actively participating in another provincially funded program; and
  • precariously employed or unemployed

The program runs from January 4th to March 31st 2022.

To learn more or apply, please call or email:

CNC has chosen the name LaKles Way-hut, which is the Chinook (trade language) for “grease trail”. This describes a system of trails Aboriginal groups used for trading items such as eulachan grease.

LaKles Way-hut is funded by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Workforce Development Agreement.

Trades Exploration Program

A first in B.C., the Trades Exploration Program in Prince George was developed to help unemployed and underemployed individuals living with brain injuries explore trades occupations as a carpenter, automotive service technician, and professional cook as well as gain the skills needed to obtain entry into those industries.

Industry Training Authority (ITA) and Prince George Brain Injured Group (PGBIG) partnered with the College of New Caledonia (CNC) to fund and deliver this innovative 12 week program.

The Trades Exploration Program was designed as a part-time program tailored to the pace of learning and work to the needs of the students, to best ensure their success. The program provided free tuition, books, work clothing and personal protective equipment and included additional supports such as an in-class coordinator, daily meals, and transit to and from the college.

Eight individuals from the northern interior participated in the program, completing 60 hours in each discipline, as well as they received first aid and certifications.

Skilled Labourer Program

With funding from the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training through the Workforce Development Agreement the Skilled Labourer Program was developed for youth age 17-29 who are either unemployed, precariously employed, or had just cause for leaving their current employment. This program is ten weeks long and includes core industry certificates, occupational skills, job placement or practicum experience, an essential skills component and job readiness skills.

Supports for students include:

  • Tuition, fees, and books.
  • Personal protective equipment.
  • Weekly training wage (attendance based).
  • Wage subsidies for one month of employment (depending on employer interest).
  • Fuel allowance or bus pass (UPass).

Please see the Skilled Labourer Student Resources page.

Let us know if you're interested

Fill out this form if you are interested in having an interview to see if you are a fit for the program.