Employment Skills Access Program (ESA)
Are you unemployed and looking to gain the skills necessary to enter or re-enter the labour market?
What is the Employment Skills Access Program (ESA)?
The ESA program provides FREE (to qualified individuals) training to gain you employment in today's labour market.
Who is the ESA program for?
Qualified participants will be:
• Unemployed and non-EI clients (Must not have collected benefits within the last three years)
• Unemployed and not collected maternal/paternal benefits within the last 5 years
• Lacking skills or education needed to move past low-skilled employment
What will I learn?
Qualified participants will have two options to choose from: Customer service for Retail and Hospitality or Family Child Care.
Customer Service for Retail & Hospitality stream:
Business Communications, Basic Computer Skills, WHMIS, Occupational First Aid Level I, FoodSafe Level I & II, Serving it Right, WorldHost, Retail Sales, including cashier training.
Intake: November 25, 2013 - January 17, 2014 (Please note: No classes are held for the ESA program from December 23 - January 3)
Family Child Care stream:
WHIMIS, Emergency Child Care First Aid & CPR/AED Level B, Introduction to Family Child Care, understanding Child Development, Understanding Child Behaviour, Health, Safety and Nutrition, Planning Children's Experiences and Administration and working with Families.
Intake: November 18, 2013 - January 17, 2014 (Please note: No classes are held for the ESA program from December 23 - January 3)
When will my cohort be offered?
Contact Erin for the next cohort or apply today and reserve your seat!
How do I apply?
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-504-7441 ext 5103, and book an appointment to fill out an eligibility form today!
Where will my classes be located?
All Classes will be held at the Clearbrook Centre in Abbotsford.
Space is limited, apply today!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
Q: What is included in the funding?
A: Textbooks, tuition and other necessary costs for the program are included.
Q: Can I take this part-time?
A: No. Programs are designed to have you receive the training needed to become employed within a quick time frame.
Q: Can I take this in the evening?
A: No. Again, programs are disigned with client needs in mind. These streams are created for unemployed individuals who are needing immediate skills and are designed to gain quick employment.
Q: Is there childcare or daycare subsidy?
A: Unfortunately, we do not have childcare facilities, and the funding provided only covers the cost of tuition and other necessary supplies.
Q: I only need one of the courses, can I just take that?
A: No. These programs are designed in a package format, and must all be taken together. However, there is the option of receiving the training you want through Continuing Studies for one course, please note those courses are exempt from free tuition and there would be a fee.
Q: What do I do if I already took one of the courses?
A: If one of the courses that you have taken is included in stream, you must attend that course, without exception. There is always room to learn something new that you can apply to your employment skill set!
Q: Do I have to attend all classes?
A: There is a mandatory attendance policy, and you are expected to attend each class.
Q: If I took an ESA program previously, but did not finish, can I apply again?
A: No. The ESA funding is a one time funding opportunity for students, so please make the most of the opportunity you are given!
Q: Can I take more than one ESA program stream?
A: No. The ESA program is a one time funding opportunity, one stream can be chosen per client.
Last updated August 2013