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Grants to British Columbia First Nations Agencies, Organizations,
and Communities for Workforce Expansion Initiatives

First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy 2022-2023 Skills Link Program

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) and the First Nations Schools Association (FNSA)

Deadline Date:

08/05/22

Description:

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Grants to British Columbia First Nations governments, organizations, and communities for workforce expansion initiatives. Funding is intended to promote education and skill-building efforts, introduce youth to a wide range of career options, and help First Nation and Inuit youth overcome barriers to employment.

Program Objectives

  • To promote the benefits of education as a key to labor market participation
  • To support the development and enhancement of essential employability skills among First Nation and Inuit youth such as communication skills, problem-solving, and working with others
  • To introduce youth to a variety of career options
  • To help youth acquire skills by providing wage subsidies for mentored work experience opportunities
  • To help First Nation and Inuit youth overcome barriers to employment

Program Outcomes

  • Enhanced employability skills for participating First Nation and Inuit youth
  • Increased awareness of the benefits of education
  • Enhanced ability to make employment-related decisions
  • Increased appreciation for science and technology as a viable career/education choice
  • Improved attitudes toward the transition from school to work
  • Improved attitudes toward the transition from school to work
  • Increased ability of First Nation and Inuit youth to participate in the labor market.

For information about the key activities of the SLP, see: http://www.fnesc.ca/wp/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/2022-2023-SLP-Guidelines-2.pdf#page=3

For information about eligible expenditures, see: http://www.fnesc.ca/wp/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/2022-2023-SLP-Guidelines-2.pdf#page=5

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163554

Estimated Size of Grant:

For mentored work placements, including Information and Communication Technology, participants will be paid a wage at or above the applicable provincial minimum wage of $15.65 as of June 1, 2022.

Term of Contract:

For mentored work placements, including Information and Communication Technology:
- Placements must not exceed 11 months
- Work placements and activities must be completed by March 31, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible recipients are First Nations communities, governments, and organizations in the British Columbia (BC) region. Eligible recipients may then enter into agreements with private sector and non-profit sector employers to access employment opportunities for youth.

Private organizations may be eligible for participation provided that the nature and intent of the funded activity is non-commercial, not intended to generate profit, and supports the FNIYES program priorities and objectives.

Eligible participants include First Nations and Inuit youth ordinarily resident on reserve, in recognized communities, or on community lands. Eligible participants have to be legally entitled to work in Canada. Youth means persons aged 15 to 30 inclusive.

Mentored work placements, including Information and Communication Technology, are for youth who are not in school, or unemployed or underemployed. For career promotion and science and technology activities, youth may be younger than 15 years of age.

Ineligible expenditures include, but are not limited to:

For all programs:
- Office infrastructure or equipment purchases such as computers and software
- Capital costs for construction of a building (other than small repairs or renovations to support the participation of persons with disabilities) or the purchase of land or buildings

For career promotion and awareness and science and technology activities:
- Salaries
- Training

Pre-Application Information:

2022-23 Skills Link Program proposals are due by Friday, August 5, 2022.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please submit proposals to Jana Morrison, Officer, Funding Programs, at janam@fnesc.ca or fax to 604-925-6097.

Please contact programs@fnesc.ca for program questions and support.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please email the Program Coordinator Mentor
and Skills Programs, Gayane, at gayanes@fnesc.ca.

For technical support, feel free to contact Brian Howard, Information Systems Coordinator at 1-855-260-8539 or brianh@fnesc.ca.

First Nations Education Steering Committee
Suite #113-100 Park Royal S.
West Vancouver, BC V7T 1A2
Tel: 604-925-6087
Toll-Free: 1-877-422-3672

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