Skills Link Program (SLP)

The Skills Link Program (SLP) is one of two programs that the First Nations Education Steering Committee and First Nations Schools Association administer under the First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy for the BC Region.

SLP 2013-2014 Resources


Program Objectives

  • To promote the benefits of education as key to youth’s participation in the labour market;
  • To support the development and enhancement of young people’s employability skills, such as communication, problem solving, and working with others;
  • To introduce youth to a variety of career options;
  • To help youth acquire skills by providing wage subsidies for mentored work experience; and
  • To support mentored school‐based work and study opportunities (co‐operative education).

The Skills Link Program consists of the following sub-programs:

  • Science and Technology
  • Mentored Work Placements
  • Career Promotion and Awareness
  • Cooperative Education – First Nations Schools Only
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Work Placements

Eligible Recipients

Eligible recipients are First Nations communities in the BC region. For co-operative education activities, only First Nations schools are eligible to submit proposals though their administering organization. Eligible recipients may then enter into agreements with private sector and non-profit sector employers to access employment opportunities for youth.


See full details in the Program Guidelines or call us at 1-877-422-3672 if you have any questions about this program.