About the BC Employer Training Grant program
The ETG supports skills training to address provincial labour market needs. The program is delivered by the Province of British Columbia and is funded by the Government of Canada through the Workforce Development Agreement (WDA). Jobs continue to change and evolve. For example, some will become more complicated because of innovation and changes in technology. Many workers across the province will likely be affected by automation in some way. Some jobs will involve tasks that are not yet invented. As a result, it will be key for those in the labour force to adapt to changing job requirements and to learn new skills and competencies. Employers need to play a critical role in providing opportunities for people to do this.
The goal of the ETG is to help British Columbians access the skills training needed to adapt to the changing requirements of jobs and the labour market while encouraging employer involvement in the training of their employees. View details.
Approved applications for training under this stream will receive reimbursement of 60 percent of the eligible training costs up to a maximum of $5,000 per participant. The employer is required to contribute the remaining 40 percent.
The maximum an employer can receive per fiscal year (April 1st – March 31st) is $300,000 in total government funding.
Participants are NOT to pay for training or any training related expenses. All costs are to be paid for in FULL by the applicant. Receipts must verify this information.
Training supported under this stream includes but is not limited to:
- Management Skills Training: Defined as developing skills in strategic planning, leading and motivating, allocating and controlling resources, evaluating, co-ordinating and organizing, recruiting and hiring, supervising and leadership
- Business Skills Training: Defined as training to develop skills to increase sales, marketing, social media marketing and communication, streamline processes and organizational structures and change management
- Soft Skills: Defined as personal management skills required by the current labour market. Soft skills are personal skills and characteristics required by employers across different sectors and at different stages of an employee’s career
Expected outcomes of training:
- Employers report increased workplace productivity
- Employers contribute to skills training of their current or new employees
- Participant has a job (where participant was unemployed prior to training) or better job* at the end of the training
*For the purpose of the ETG, “better job” is defined as:
- Increased job security (i.e. training will ensure the participant can maintain employment)
- Increase in pay
- Promotion/advancement to another position
- Move from part-time to full-time employment or
- Move from temporary/casual/seasonal employment to permanent employment
- Increased productivity