Columbia Basin, BC

Columbia wetlands overview
Photo by Eternalsleeper (CC BY-SA 3.0). Image has been cropped.

Workplace Skills in the Basin and Boundary

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


The Basin and Boundary regions in southeastern BC are populated with numerous small communities and have been affected by mill closures and lay offs, a significant loss of tourism and layoffs in the oil patch in Alberta as many people are remote workers who fly in and out.

The Workplace Skills in the Basin and Boundary (WSBB) project addresses the need for people who are unemployed or underemployed to upgrade their workplace and essential skills. This will be 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 will be workshops and individualized training in digital literacy, resume writing, interview skills, financial literacy and additional modules that aim to increase a person’s work readiness.

Learners will be matched with a program facilitator in the hub community of their choice and there will be an intake to identify learners’ assets, goals and needs. A learner plan will be created for each participant, along with a detailed plan to support the learner through in-person or virtual services.


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