CBT offering cash to support training

Are you looking to enroll in short-term training that leads to immediate employment? If so, now is the time to apply for bursary-style funding through Columbia Basin Trust’s Training Fee Support Program.
A statement from the CBT said Basin residents who are unemployed or underemployed may access funding of up to $800. The funding can be used to pay all or a portion of course fees for short-term training. If you have received this funding in the past and it’s more than five years ago you may be eligible for this funding again. Contact your local Work BC Employment Service Centre (and satellite offices) to discuss your eligibility.
“By pursuing this funding, it showed my potential employer that I took the initiative to seek education in the areas where I was lacking experience,” said bursary recipient Lisa Voigt of Ymir, who used the funding to take short-term courses in graphic design. “I got the job that I wanted, and my employer was able to spend less time training me. Now that I’m gaining valuable experience with these design tools, I’ll be able to apply for higher paying jobs in the future.”
“Over 7,500 residents have used the funding in the last 10 years,” Lisa Kilpatrick, senior manager for the Delivery of Benefits, said in the statement. “We know that residents are looking for support to gain the skills they need to get the job they want. It’s easy to apply and applications are accepted year-round. I encourage individuals to get in touch with their local Work BC office and start the conversation.”
The program is administered and managed by College of the Rockies; however, Basin residents can access the program at a Work BC Employment Service Centres (and satellite offices) located nearest them. For program information and employment service centre locations, please click here.
The Columbia Basin Trust supports efforts to deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the residents of the Columbia Basin. To learn more about the Trust’s programs and initiatives, visit cbt.org or call 1-800-505-8998.