September 22, 2016

Education & Career Resources

Job Search Resources

The Métis Nation British Columbia administers the Métis Employment & Training Program (METP) to improve the employment potential, earning capacity, and self-sufficiency of Métis people in BC.

Young Women in Business BC is a central forum connecting ambitious, like-minded women across educational fields, careers, and industries.

If you are considering a trade, explore ITA’S Aboriginal Initiatives support. From carpenter, mechanic, electrician or welder to baker or arborist, ITA manages over 100 trade programs in B.C.

Use BC's Career Guide for Aboriginal People to support your career-planning journey, all the way from exploration to success on the job. The Guide offers information on career exploration, skills training, education and funding support, and how to connect to employers. Explore 500 career profiles and get all the details you need, from job duties and wages to projected demand in your region.

Futurpreneur Canada has been fueling the entrepreneurial passions of Canada’s young enterprise for nearly two decades. They are the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing; mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Our internationally recognized mentoring program hand matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of more than 2,800 volunteer mentors.

Aboriginal BEST is for Aboriginal, Métis, and Inuit, status or not, who are interested in becoming self-employed or starting their own business. Aboriginal BEST benefits people in all stages of business development who want to turn their dreams into reality.

If you’re interested in self-employment, BDC Entrepreneurial Potential Self-Assessment works to find your fit for entrepreneurship.

Resume & Cover Letter Resources

A resume is a personal marketing tool used to show interest in a job, internship or post-secondary school. Your resume should speak to the specific position or industry you are seeking. In many cases, it is appropriate to create multiple resumes to target different career objectives. The purpose of a cover letter is to communicate to a potential employer why you are the best candidate for the position based on your skills, education and experience. While not always required, including a well-written cover letter is a great way to stand out from the rest.

Please use the resources below as you build a resume and cover letter that effectively markets your strongest skills and qualifications.

Work BC
Work BC offers tips on building a good resume and an online tool builder which will help you write your resume step-by-step.

BC Jobs
BC Jobs has listings and support information to help you make an informed decision about your career.

Government of Canada
The Government of Canada’s Youth page is focused on helping you in the Canadian job market both today and in the future.

Canada Jobs
Canada Jobs is a repository of employment information, including guidance on receiving in-person help in your job hunt.

Métis Nation British Columbia A.S.E.T.S. Funding Programs

- Individual Training is available to clients who are either unemployed or underemployed. Under-employed means the client is required to upgrade their skills in order to maintain their employment (specialized certificates, forklift training etc.). We are able to fund course fees, tuition, books, supplies, equipment, and in some situations travel and living allowances. We are able to cover short courses, apprenticeships, diplomas & certificate programs and the final two years of a bachelors’ degree.

- Targeted Wage Subsidy (TWS) is designed to provide training and work experience that can lead to long-term employment. The goal is to financially assist the employer while the client is receiving on-the-job training and mentoring. We are able to fund up to 50% of the client’s wages up to a maximum of $8.00 per hour for a period of six (6) months.

- Career Placement Work Experience Program (CPWEP) is available to provide a practicum-based initial work placement with salary and support for the client. This program is designed for the client with minimal or no experience in the field. The goal is for the client to gain experience and develop transferable skills. We are able to fund the client’s wages and mandatory employment related costs for up to six (6) months.

- Employment Supports Program (ESP) is for the unemployed client who has a job offering but needs one-way transportation to the job, work clothing or tools. We are able to fund the client one time up to $1,000 for this program.

A.S.E.T.S. Contacts

To access this funding, please contact one of our seven regional offices or call our provincial office at 1-800-940-1150 for further information.

Region #1 – Vancouver Island
#103 – 335 Wesley Street, Nanaimo, BC V9R 2T5
Phone: 250-753-6271 Toll Free: 1-888-632-9450 Fax: 250-753-5856
Program Coordinator: Tammy Tait

Region #2 – Lower Mainland 10757 – 138th Street, Surrey, BC V3T 4K8
Phone: 778-395-0385 Fax: 604-581-0944
Program Coordinator: Gayle Sayese

Region #3 – Thompson/Okanagan
#13 – 1800 Tranquille Road, Kamloops, BC V2B 3L9
Phone: 250-376-9263 Toll Free: 1-855-376-9263 Fax: 250-376-9235
Program Coordinator: Sabrina Jones

Region #4 – Kootenay
#240 – 1113 Baker Street, Cranbrook, BC V1C1A7
Phone: 250-417-3305 Toll Free: 1-888-417-3306 Fax: 250-417-3626
Program Coordinator: Erinn Willoughby

Region #5 – North Central
#207 – 513 Ahbau Street, Prince George, BC V2M 3R8
Phone: 250-561-2754 Toll Free: 1-877-561-2754 Fax: 250-561-2790
Program Coordinator: Karen Erickson

Region #6 – Northwest
#304 – 4546 Park Avenue, Terrace, BC V8G 1V4
Phone: 250-615-0035 Toll Free: 1-877-638-4776 Fax: 250-615-0036
Program Coordinator: Darcie Petuh

Region #7 – Northeast
10021 – 100th Street, Fort St. John, BC V1J 3Y5
Phone: 250-787-1957 Toll Free: 1-888-700-1957 Fax: 250-787-1939
Program Coordinator: Linda Dufresne


A trade apprenticeship is how you gain the knowledge and skills you need for a career in your trade. Most apprenticeships take about four years to complete: you’ll spend approximately six to eight weeks per year in the classroom or shop learning from an instructor. The rest of the year, you’ll earn while you learn, working on a job site alongside experienced tradespeople and getting paid to do it.

Wondering what to do after you graduate?

Maybe one of British Columbia’s 100 apprenticeable trades is right for you. ITA’s Youth Programs give you the chance to try out different trades and get a head start on an apprenticeship while you’re still in high school. You could be earning a pay cheque and building your skills—in the classroom and on the job—before you even graduate.

Once you leave high school, ITA will be there to guide you through the rest of the post-secondary education and training you need to earn your trade certification and become a “ticketed” tradesperson. Getting your ticket is the best way to prove your skills and rise to the top of your profession.

Learn more about apprenticeships and ITA Youth Programs in your area by viewing ITA’s Youth Programs Flyer.

How to find Grants, Bursaries & Scholarships

Information on policy issues, facts and stats on Canadian universities as well as scholarships and programs -

BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres under Programs and First Citizen Fund -

Indspire is an Indigenous-led registered charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people -

Irving K. barber scholarship for Aboriginal students -

Your college or university

Be sure to check the website of your college or university to see if your school offers any grants, bursaries or scholarships that you might qualify for. As an incentive for students to succeed academically, many universities will offer automatic scholarships for various amounts if you maintain a certain grade level. Generally, the higher your grades, the more money you will receive.


Some employers offer bursaries, check if you are eligible for any offered by your parents’ employer or your own.


Did you know?

Cuthbert Grant led the Métis to victory at Seven Oaks, an unplanned clash of Métis and Selkirk settlers. Grant was instrumental in building a predominately Métis community at White Horse Plains, leading 80 to 100 Métis families in the spring of 1824.

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