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
|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|
|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:
Salmon Arm: 250-804-470
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 application forms
- STEP Grade 12 Bursary Guidelines and Application Forms
- STEP Incentive Award Guidelines and Application Forms
Client Registration form
5159 EI Protection Form
STEP interim/final claim form
680 Athabasca Street West
Kamloops, BC V2H 1C4
Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm