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 (FNIYES) for the BC Region.

Announcement:  FNIYES 2017-2018 Skills Link Program Call for Proposals is now open. Proposals are due by Friday, June 30, 2017 no later than 4:30 pm. Please submit your proposals via online submission, by fax to 604-925-6097, or email to reception@fnesc.ca.

Skills Link Resources, 2017-2018

Program Guidelines
Proposal Application
Sample Proposal

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 604-925-6087 kyleem@fnesc.ca if you have any questions.

Technical Support

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SLP Resources

The 2016/2017 Skills Link Program Call for Proposals:

Final Reports and Youth Evaluations are required no later than Friday, March 17, 2017

  1. 2016 2017 Skills Link Program Guidelines
  2. Skills Link Final Report
  3. Skills Link Mentored Work Placement Youth Evaluation
  4. Skills Link Youth Evaluation Word Version
  5. FNIYES COOP Ed. Final Report
  6. FNIYES COOP Ed. Work Placement Youth Eval.
  7. FNIYES COOP Ed. Youth Eval Word Version

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 essential employability skills among First Nations and Inuit youth (e.g. 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.
  • To help First Nation and Inuit youth overcome barriers to employment.

These objectives are consistent with the overall objectives of the Skills Link Program.

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; and
  • Increased ability of First Nations and Inuit youth to participate in the labour market.

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.

Support

See full details in the Program Guidelines or call us at 1-604-912-0011 if you have any questions about this program.

Download Instructions for all PDF forms

  1. Click to open PDF file.
  2. Click on the Save button found in the Toolbar of the PDF file.
  3. Save File to Desktop.
  4. Close Internet Explorer/Chrome/FireFox/Safari.
  5. Locate the saved file on Desktop.
  6. Double Click to open the saved file.
  7. Enter information into the form.
  8. Click on the Save button.
  9. Attach the form to your email and submit.

For any help, feel free to contact Brian Howard, Information Systems Coordinator at 1-855-260-8539 or brianh@fnesc.ca.