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Employment Skills Access Program

Unemployed? The Employment Skills Access Program could be the next step.

VIU offers training programs that are specifically selected to help unemployed, non-Employment Insurance clients and employed individuals requiring skills-upgrading to gain or improve employment.

Programs of Study

Fully funded seats through the Employment Skills Access (ESA) Program are available for the following programs:


Building Service WorkerBuilding Service Worker

The primary focus of the program is learning and practicing the specific skills required for building service workers (including WHMIS and OFA). In addition, the program supports student success through the Foundation Skills Training course that will orient participants to the building service industry. 

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This program will cover all tuition and books for students that meet the eligibility criteria of the ESA program, namely the person:

  • Unemployed:
    • Cannot be on EI or attached to EI in the past three years for a regular claim or past five years for a Maternity/Parental claim.

How to Register

Contact Us

Susan Allen, ESA Program Manager
Telephone: 250-740-6364