Special Projects

Workplace Essential Skills for Non Profits

In 2013, Vancouver Community College contracted with the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training (JTST) to deliver Essential Skills Workplace Training (ESWT) to 230 Labour Market Agreement eligible participants in BC. The targeted participants were unemployed non EI eligible volunteers and low skilled employees in the Non-Profit/Social Enterprise sector.

This program provides Workplace Essential Skills training for unemployed non-EI eligible volunteers and low-skilled employees in the Non-Profits/Social Enterprise sector.

The training focuses on addressing workplace customer service and teamwork skills. Training is conducted through five post-secondary institutions (Vancouver Community College, Camosun, Thompson Rivers University, Vancouver Island University, and College of New Caledonia), delivered to 12 cohorts of ten Participants, for a total of 120 individuals trained.

The goal is for program graduates to move into entry-level positions such as security guards, cleaners, and other elemental service occupations.

The consortium graduated 228 of a contracted 230 participants, a 99.13% completion rate.
Among the students completing the WSNP program in Kamloops, all but one, increased their scores in at least one of the four areas assessed pre and post training: reading text, writing, document use and numeracy. The majority of the students improved in two or more areas with some improving their score by as much as 162% points.


The SHIFT project will develop curriculum that articulates the steps required for successful transfer of business ownership. The curriculum will provide the skills for new entrepreneurs to successfully transition to business ownership while owners looking to transition out of their business will benefit from learning how to transfer the operating knowledge of their business to a new owner. The curriculum will be constructed by a subject-matter expert associated with the TRU School of Business and Economics who will work closely with an instructional designer to ensure that the learning and assessment methods are carefully aligned with the learning outcomes for the entire program as well as with individual modules. Using a theory-to-practice approach, learners will have opportunities to engage with case studies within each module, view interactive content, and have opportunities to make connections between their own context and the examples in order to acquire the knowledge and skills required for success.

Targets and Outcomes Achieved:

  1. Provides learners with a clear, comprehensive, and step-by-step process to learn about the process of business succession; Six learning modules have been developed (3 for buyers and 3 for sellers) and all have been user tested.
  2. To ensures that all learners interested in this material could easily access it via a workbook and/or online.
  3. Increases retention of jobs and workers within our community.

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