Shuswap Training and Employment Program (STEP)

STEP was formed in 1997, mandated to serve the Aboriginal community in the field of Human Resource Development in the southern interior. Our service region boundaries are: north to Clearwater, South to Enderby, East to Revelstoke and West to Clinton. Our geographical area encompasses 10 First Nation communities and the surrounding urban and rural communities. Our services are available to status, non-status, on and off reserve individuals residing in the area.

Our mission is to assist Aboriginal people to achieve self-reliance and economic independence through the provision of a balanced mix of programs and services, giving maximum support for training and employment activities. Funding priorities are the long term unemployed, youth, women, persons with disabilities and workers threatened with unemployment.

STEP 2013 Scholarship Application
The closing date for submissions is 4:30 pm on the last Friday of September every year.
Click here for Printable Application form (PDF): STEP Scholarship Revised February 2013
Application for 2013 STEP Scholarship Award (PDF): STEP Academic Application Form~Mar 2013

Funding & Services

  • Individual course purchases
  • Job Starts funding
  • Targeted Wage Subsidies
  • Job Development opportunities
  • Direct Purchase
  • Summer Student Program

Recruitment, referral and support servicesHow to access our Employment & Training services and funding:

First Nation Band Contact Location
Adams Lake Band 250-679-8841 Chase
Bonaparte Indian Band Nina Minnabarriet
Cache Creek
High Bar Indian Band 250-459-2117 Clinton
Kamloops Indian Band Paula Pellett
Little Shuswap Indian Band 250-679-3203 Chase
Neskonlith Indian Band Richard Manuel
Simpcw First Nation  250-672-9995 Barriere
Skeetchestn Indian Band 250-373-2493 Savona
Splatsin Darrell Jones
Whispering Pine/ Clinton Band Andrea LeBourdais

Band and community members from our ten First Nations can access STEP programming through their band office.

Individuals residing in Kamloops can access STEP programming through our sister office the Aboriginal Training & Employment Centre (ATEC).  For residents of rural communities, STEP works in partnership with the Employment Services Offices located in Revelstoke, Salmon Arm, Chase, Barriere, Clearwater and Ashcroft to provide access to STEP services and funding for rural aboriginal clients.

Aboriginal Training & Employment Center:

144 Briar Ave, Kamloops, BC

Work BC Employment Services:

Ashcroft: 250-453-9421
Barriere: 250-672-0036
Chase: 250-679-8448
Clearwater: 250-674-2928
Revelstoke: 250-814-1244
Salmon Arm: 250-804-470

Scholarship/Bursary Program:

STEP awards two academic achievement scholarships annually and two bursaries, Graduating Grade 12 Student bursary and Education Incentive bursary.

For more information on eligibility, selection criteria and application deadlines, see forms below:

STEP Forms

STEP application forms

Training Plan

Client Registration form

T4E Form

5159 EI Protection Form

STEP interim/final claim form

Contact Us:

Phone: 778-471-8201
Fax: 778-471-5804

Administrative Assistant:
Program Development Worker:
Program Manager:

680 Athabasca Street West
Kamloops, BC  V2H 1C4
Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm