NVIT: Employment Skills Access Certificate Program
The Employment Skills Access program is designed to assist learners in acquiring essential skills for the workplace in British Columbia and apply essential skills in a real life experience through a two week work-site practicum.
The program is unique in that it emphasizes the knowledge, skills, and standards relevant to Indigenous and non-Indigenous 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 Indigenous content in the curriculum. Admission is open to learners that are unemployed, under-employed, Indigenous, 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 is delivered at both NVIT campuses (Merritt, BC and Burnaby, BC).
John Chenoweth, Dean of Community Education and Applied Programs, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology Merritt Campus
4155 Belshaw Street Merritt, BC V1K 1R1
Incorporation of Essential Skills
EMSK-041 – Cultural Orientation– introduces Aboriginal culture and personal wellness using a holistic approach. Examines the impact of cultural activities and mores (eg: residential schools). Activities in this course enhance self esteem, cultural identity, and oral traditions in relation to healthy lifestyles within the home, community, and workplace.
EMSK-042 – Personal Development – further develops the student’s self-awareness, self-management and self-development. Using ‘Guiding Circles’ curriculum the students examine their roles and responsibilities in relation to personal and professional boundaries. They explore goals and practice prioritizing and time management
EMSK-043 – Workplace Essentials– assists the learners in developing workplace essential skills. Topics include: time management, thinking, working with others, continuous learning, resumes, cover letters, and interview skills. Students explore professionalism, practice job interview techniques and research job opportunities.
EMSK-044 – Career Exploration and Networking – provides students with the opportunity to network, research, and explore various career choices. Using the ‘Guiding Circles’ workbook and ‘Inclusion Works,’ students research career opportunities and develop a career plan. They explore and practice effective communication with co-workers and employers.
EMSK-045 – Math in the Workplace – enhances the learners ability to use and understand numbers by developing the following skills: basic math, budgeting, calculations, measurement, handling money, banking, and creating schedules.
EMSK-046 – English in the Workplace– enhances the student’s reading, writing, document use, oral communication, and vocabulary for essential skills development as required for success in the workplace. It highlights reading, thinking, and continuous learning, as well as developing group work and team building skills. The English curriculum is based on the nine Essential Skills as identified by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)
EMSK-047 – Introduction to Workplace Computer Skills – Learners are 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.
EMSK-048 – Essential Skills Practicum – 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 assess the students based on criteria set out by all parties; This course offers 70 hours of work
All students in the program take the Cultural Orientation course. This 30 hr. course introduces Aboriginal culture and personal wellness using a holistic approach. Students examine the impact of cultural activities and mores (eg: residential schools). Activities in this course enhance self-esteem, cultural identity, and oral traditions in relation to healthy lifestyles within the home, community, and workplace. Course topics and activities include identifying different aspects of Aboriginal history, culture, and traditions; and the creation of a cultural artefact.
Courses use resources and approaches specific to Indigenous learners such as Guiding Circles, Inclusion Works, An Anishnaabe Look at Exploring Measurement, and the Medicine Wheel.
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