Columbia Basin, British Columbia

Columbia wetlands overview
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Workplace Skills in the Basin and Boundary

Project Lead: Andra Louie, Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL)


The Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy’s “Workplace Skills in the Basin and Boundary” beta-test project was delivered in the Basin and Boundary regions of southeastern BC. This area is populated with numerous small communities that have been affected by mill closures and layoffs, a significant loss of tourism, and layoffs in the oil patch in nearby Alberta.

This project addressed the need for people who are unemployed or underemployed to upgrade their workplace and essential skills. This was offered via one-to-one support and in small groups, with in-person and virtual delivery based on initial feedback from participants and partners. There were workshops and individualized training in digital literacy, resume writing, interview skills, financial literacy and additional modules that aimed to increase a person’s work readiness.

Read the beta-test report.


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