Aboriginal Skills Employment & Training Services (ASETS)

ASETS receives funds from Human Resources & Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) to provide training and employment opportunities to Aboriginal people within the Central Interior of British Columbia. 


The objective of the ASETS agreement is to:

  1. Increase Aboriginal participation in the Canadian Labour Market.
  2. Strengthen and facilitate flexible programming that meets the unique and varied needs of Aboriginal people and employers.
  3. Provide employers with skilled workers.


ASETS Service Areas and Listing of Our 30 First Nation Bands:

Click here to view: ASETS Service Areas


We have 5 Employment Offices Across Central Interior BC:

  1. Chase: 1-250-679-2348
  2. Merritt: 1-250-378-0126
  3. Lillooet: 1-250-256-0126
  4. Ashcroft: 1-250-453-0093
  5. Kamloops: 1-250-554-4556 — View ATEC page


Programs We Offer: 


Summer Student Program

  • To assist eligible students to prepare for future entry into labour market
  • Program focuses on providing work experience and developmental learning for in school youth through the provision of a wage subsidy to employers

Eligible Participants:

  • Must be First Nations
  • Should be a minimal 15 years of age by May 1st of the current year and returning to school
  • Secondary and post-secondary students must be registered full time students during previous academic year and intend to return to school full time in the following academic year
  • Must not have another full time summer job
  • Must have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of the program
  • Employers are to avoid hiring the same students for the same positions in consecutive years
  • Hiring must be done in a fair and equitable manner providing equal opportunity to those interested in the position. Students cannot be supervised by their immediate family members.


Direct Purchase Program

  • To provide funding for eligible participants who may attend institutional training from public or registered private institutions for various accredited vocational training programs.

Eligible Participants:

  • The client must be status/non status/Inuit, living on or off reserve within the ASETS catchment area.
  • Have met with a ASETS employment counselor, to complete a “long term vocational application package”, which will include:
  • Is the client un or under employed (working less than 20 hours per week).
  • The client must complete and sign the Personal Information Form (PIF) and Client Consent (CC) form.
  • Has the client completed high school, have they been out of school for at least two years
  • National Occupational Classification (NOC) linked to employment


Target Wage Subsidy Program

  • To provide an employment opportunity for an unemployed eligible participant who requires assistance to overcome existing or anticipated labour marker barriers. This opportunity may lead to continued employment with the sponsor
  • To provide a wage subsidy, employment related costs and related training dollars for an unemployed eligible participant
  • Sponsors will offer likely hood of long term employment or sustainable employment

Eligible Participants:

  • Must be First Nations
  • Must be working age
  • Long term unemployed (3 months or more)
  • No longer required by law to attend school
  • Participant may have marketable skills but lack work experience in area in which the work experience and/or training will occur


Demand Driven/ /Project Based Training Program

  • To provide on & off the job training for eligible participants who face serious difficulties securing and maintaining employment.

Eligible Participants:

  • For 5 or more eligible participants
  • Must be First Nations/Inuit
  • Must be working age
  • Must be long-term unemployed (3 months or more)
  • No longer required by law to attend school
  • PBT is designed for participants at risk of facing long term of recurring unemployment
  • Participants who would like to learn new techniques for seeking and finding a job, those who want to upgrade education levels or learn new work skills


To apply for any of our programs, please fill out the following forms: 

Application Form for Proposals

Client Registration Form


If you have any questions about the programs and employment opportunities we offer, please contact us at tel: 1-844-471-8204 or visit us at any of our four locations (listed above).


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