BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

Employment Skills Access Certificate


Department: Academic/Career Preparation
Program Delivery Location: Community Based
Credential: Certificate 
Format: Full-Time
Start Dates: TBA

Employment Skills Access Certificate

The Employment Skills Access program is designed to assist students in acquiring essential skills for the workplace in British Columbia. The program is unique in that it emphasizes the knowledge, skills, and standards relevant to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal individuals, families, and communities. The program also includes First Aid, Serving It Right, Food safe, Health and Safety, and First Host. The Employment Skills Access program focuses on Aboriginal content in the curriculum. Admission is open to learners that are unemployed, under-employed, Aboriginal, Immigrant, older workers, persons with disabilities, or who are socially marginalized. An Employment Skills Access Certificate is awarded to recognize the successful completion of the program. The program is ten weeks in length and will be delivered at both campuses (Merritt and Burnaby).


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS


Admission to the program is granted on recommendation from the program coordinator on a first-come first-served basis.


Admission is open to learners that are unemployed, under-employed, Aboriginal, immigrant, older workers, persons with disabilities, or who are socially marginalized.

Certificate Completion Plan
  • EMSK-041 - Cultural Orientation
  • EMSK-042 - Personal Development
  • EMSK-043 - Workplace Essentials
  • EMSK-044 - Career Exploration and Networking
  • EMSK-045 - Math in the Workplace
  • EMSK-046 - English in the Workplace
  • EMSK-047 - Introduction to Workplace Computer Skills
  • EMSK-048 - Essential Skills Practicum
  • Course Listing for this program

    EMSK-041 - Credits: 0.000
    Cultural Orientation
    This course will introduce Aboriginal culture and personal wellness using a holistic approach. The students will examine the impact of cultural activities and mores (eg: residential schools). Activities in this course will enhance self esteem, cultural identity, and oral traditions in relation to healthy lifestyles within the home, community, and workplace. In addition, the students will be introduced to post secondary services and campus orientation including testing in work place skills. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: EMSK Program admission.
    EMSK-042 - Credits: 0.000
    Personal Development
    This course will further develop the student's self-awareness, self-management and self-development. Using 'Guiding Circles' curriculum the students will examine their roles and responsibilities in relation to personal and professional boundaries. In addition, they will explore goals and will practice prioritizing and time management. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: EMSK Program admission.
    EMSK-043 - Credits: 0.000
    Workplace Essentials
    This course will assist the learners in developing workplace essential skills. The topics will include: time management, thinking, working with others, continuous learning, resumes, cover letters, and interview skills. In addition, the students will explore professionalism, practice job interview techniques and research job opportunities. More Details on this course
    EMSK-044 - Credits: 0.000
    Career Exploration and Networking
    This course will provide students with the opportunity to network, research, and explore various career choices. Using the 'Guiding Circles' workbook and 'Inclusion Works,' students will research career opportunities and develop a career plan. They will explore and practice effective communication with co-workers and employers. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: EMSK Program admission / EMSK Program admission.
    EMSK-045 - Credits: 0.000
    Math in the Workplace
    Numeracy skills are essential in the work place. This course will enhance the learners ability to use and understand numbers by developing the following skills: basic math, budgeting, calculations, measurement, handling money, banking, and creating schedules. More Details on this course
    EMSK-046 - Credits: 0.000
    English in the Workplace
    This course will enhance the student's reading, writing, document use, oral communication, and vocabulary for essential skills development as required for success in the workplace. It will highlight reading, thinking, and continuous learning, as well as developing group work and team building skills. The English curriculum will be based on the nine Essential Skills as identified by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC). More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: EMSK Program admission / EMSK Program admission.
    EMSK-047 - Credits: 0.000
    Introduction to Workplace Computer Skills
    The use of computers is an essential skill needed in the workplace environment. Learners will be introduced to the computer by learning related computer concepts and terminology, identifying the parts of a computer, computer care, software programs, buying a computer, keyboarding skills, searching the internet for job opportunities, and an introduction to Microsoft Office Word and Excel. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: EMSK Program admission
    EMSK-048 - Credits: 0.000
    Essential Skills Practicum
    This will complete the Employment Skills Access program. The Employment Skills Access practicum is a collaborative effort between the institute, the student, and an employer, to maximize the student's acquisition of skills and experience. The coordinator and workplace supervisor will assess the students based on criteria set out by all parties. This course offers 70 hours of work placement over a two week period. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: Completion of all EMSK program courses.
     

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