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College offers skill retraining program

Skills training programs at Okanagan College are designed for individuals to upgrade to get better jobs.

A series of subsidized skills training opportunities for local job-seekers interested in preparing to re-enter the labour force will kick off this fall at Okanagan College campuses through the Employment Skills Access program (ESA).

The ESA is designed to provide affordable access to skills training for individuals who are unemployed, non-Employment Insurance clients looking to acquire new skills to meet labour market needs in a variety of industries including hospitality, tourism, business, finance and administration, to name a few.

“This training is a great opportunity to increase your competitive advantage by improving your skills in areas targeted by today’s employers,” said Lorrie Forde, program administrator at Okanagan College.

Programs that will be offered this fall include Landscape Horticulture and Golf Course Maintenance, Seven Weeks of Certificates (designed for employment in the Oil & Gas industry), Management Skills for Supervisors, and FastTrack to Office (Office Administration).

Training dates are staggered across the region. Eligibility for the subsidized training is determined on a case-by-case basis.

Contact Okanagan College for information on program dates, descriptions and eligibility: or call 250-762-5445 ext. 4870.