Employment Training and Preparation (ETP) programs are for adults who experience barriers to education and/or employment. Applied strength-based learning prepares you for entry-level employment and you will have opportunities to explore a variety of work.
Earn a college certificate, gain work experience, develop new skills
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Give us a call so we can customize an education plan that is just right for you. All ETP programs can be completed in four months or longer on a part-time basis. Students often stay with us for several terms and complete multiple programs. Programs start each September (Fall term) or January (Winter term) and are taught on the Interurban campus.
ETP students have the opportunity to earn certifications such as:
- First Aid;
- and a modified WHMIS.
ETP program options
Employment Preparation Certificate
Get started with Employment Preparation where you will develop the skills, attitudes, knowledge and practices that prepare you for entry-level employment training. Specialization options include:
- Essential Employment Skills Specialization
- EARTH Gardening Specialization
Sector-Specific Employment Training Certificate
Learn the language, practices and skills used in different employment sectors through applied learning activities and work experience placements. Specializations include:
- Customized Employment Training
- Customer Service Skills
- Farm to Table Food Service
Occupations Launch Certificate
Learn at your own level and pace while you receive ongoing guidance and support. Connect with resources and occupational opportunities that reflect your abilities, interests, and values to create stability and advancement within a chosen occupational sector (paid or unpaid). Specializations include:
- Transition to Employment
- Community Leadership
Pathways for Life Certificate
For secondary school students
This part-time, 6 week program offers high school students who have barriers to education and employment a non-academic, fun, social, hands-on learning experience. Students will prepare for their next stage in life and explore opportunities in life, learning and work.
A supportive learning environment
We offer flexible learning programs that start where you are now and provide a foundation to help you develop the confidence to pursue further learning, volunteering and employment. We will support you to connect with the college community and enjoy meaningful employment experiences.
Whether you love getting your hands in the dirt or working with people, our team will help you grow.
Meet the Team
Chair, Employment Training and Preparation
Instructional Assistant | Instructor, Employment Training and Prep
Instructor, Employment Training and Preparation
Employment Training and Preparation (ETP)
School of Access
Talk to us to schedule a chat to help you decide if the program is right for you
Former youth in care
The Provincial Tuition Waiver program aims to make post-secondary education more accessible for former youth in care by providing financial support for tuition and mandatory student fees. Learn more about eligibility and how to apply.
Financial aid may be available to cover your tuition and student fees. We will help you fill out all the necessary forms and come with you to guide you through each step.
Before registering, see if you are eligible for the Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG) (formerly ABESAP). Other forms of assistance may be available through provincial grants and agency sponsorships.
- Students with a permanent disability may be eligible to receive specialized funding. Contact the Centre for Accessible Learning for more information.
- Indigenous students may be eligible to receive specific grants or funding from a variety of sources. Contact an Indigenous Advisor to learn more.
- Other Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships may also be available.