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Training Programs to Level Up Your Skills

There are many opportunities for career growth in Northern BC, you have to know where to look. The Prince Rupert area has various employment programs to help members boost their skills and land great jobs. No matter your interest, there is a program designed for almost everyone.

Whether you’re interested in labour, administration, project management, healthcare, or another job type, several organizations exist to help GFN members upgrade their skills and find meaningful employment.

Here are some options for training: 


TRICORP has several programs designed to assist those who want to learn new skills and sharpen the ones they have. This organization has opportunities for business development loans, Indigenous women entrepreneurs, and more. 

For skill building, TRICORP offers:

The Pre-Employment Supports Program (PESP): 

This program helps with employment readiness, including training for the work and life skills members require to find and maintain a job. 

The Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS) 

YESS is one of the Government of Canada’s commitments to help young people, including those facing barriers to employment, get the information and develop the skills, abilities, and work experience required to make a successful transition into the labour market. 

Hecate Strait Employment Development Society (HSEDS) 

HSEDS offers multiple programs targeted to different audience groups.

Gear Up 

This program helps women aged 18+ in Northern BC develop personal, life, and employment skills. Gear Up is a 12-week virtual course that offers personal, life, and career skills, assessments, support, and more.


Bladerunners is a holistic training program for youth aged 16 to 30 seeking to fill employment competency gaps. The program provides the following: 

  • Job Readiness

  • Industry Certificates

  • Job Placement

The types of certificates available depend on current industry needs. Certificates may include: 

  • Occupational First Aid Level 1


  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods

  • CSTS

  • Forklift

  • Zoom Boom

  • Confined Spaces

The BC Centre For Women in The Trades (BCCFWITT)

BCCFWITT is a partnership by tradespeople for tradespeople. Alongside industry and labour representatives, the organization works to create an inclusive skilled trades industry where all people feel welcome, healthy, respected, and safe.

Their Trades Training and Employment Program has the following aims: 

  • Recruit women (including transwomen) to maintenance, construction, and industrial trades occupations where they may be currently underrepresented

  • Address barriers to employment

  • Provide skills training

GFN members who have completed the Foundations program and need help with the next step in their apprenticeship journey are eligible to apply. Learn more or access more info about BCCWITT programs by sending a message to

LNG Canada

LNG Canada provides training support in the form of funding. This organization has committed to several workforce development initiatives (and they have many career opportunities available). To learn more, visit the LNG Canada website or JGC Fluor, the main contractor for the project. 

Change Your Career Trajectory 

2024 is the time to take control of your career by improving your skills. Various training programs exist for GFN members looking to level up their skills, knowledge, and experience. The best time to get started is now! 

Learn more about working toward the job you want on the GDC training page.


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