The First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) and the First Nations Schools Association (FNSA) are pleased to announce the Department of Indigenous Services Canada (DISC) 2019-2020 FNIYES Skills Link Program (SLP) Call for Proposals for First Nations communities, schools and tribal councils in BC.

The 2019-2020 SLP proposals are due by Friday, May 10, 2019 at 4:30 pm. Please submit proposals via online submission, by email to reception@fnesc.ca, or fax to 604-925-6097.

Skills Link Resources, 2019/2020

  1.  19-20 Skills Link Guidelines
  2. 2019 2020 Skills LinkProposal
  3.  19-20 Sample Proposal SLP
  4. Content Suggestion

Program Objectives

  • to promote the benefits of education as key to labour market participation
  • to support the development and enhancement of essential employability skills among First Nation and Inuit youth such as communication skills, 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
  • to help First Nation and Inuit youth overcome barriers to employment

Program Outcomes

  • enhanced employability skills for participating First Nation and Inuit youth
  • increased awareness of the benefits of education
  • enhanced ability to make employment-related decisions
  • increased appreciation for science and technology as a viable career/education choice
  • improved attitudes toward the transition from school to work
  • improved attitudes toward the transition from school to work
  • increased ability of First Nation and Inuit youth to participate in the labour market

Eligible Recipients

Eligible recipients are First Nations communities, governments and organizations in the British Columbia (BC) region. Eligible recipients may then enter into agreements with private sector and non-profit sector employers to access employment opportunities for youth.

Eligible Participants

Eligible participants include First Nations and Inuit youth ordinarily resident on reserve, in recognized communities or on community lands. Eligible participants have to be legally entitled to work in Canada.  Youth means persons aged 15 to 30 inclusive.

Mentored work placements, including Information and Communication Technology, are for youth who are not in school, or unemployed or underemployed.

For career promotion and science and technology activities, youth may be younger than 15 years of age.

Program Support

See full details in the Program Guidelines or contact us at 604-925-6087 programs@fnesc.ca if you have any questions.

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