Training & Employment

Launching careers and growing skills for Aboriginal people

Aboriginal Skills Employment & Training Strategy

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
Listing of Our 30 First Nation Bands

Annual Narrative Report


We have 6 Employment Offices Across Central Interior BC

Chase ASETS Office

734 1st Ave
Chase, BC, V0E 1M0

Ashcroft ASETS Office

411 Brink Street
Ashcroft BC, V0K 1A0

Merritt ASETS Office

2051 D Voght St
Merritt, BC, V1K 1B8

Kamloops ATEC Office

144 Briar Avenue
Kamloops, BC, V2B 1C1


#201-76, 5th Ave,
Lillooet, BC, V0K 1V0

Aboriginal Skills, Employment and Training Strategy (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.


Aboriginal Skills, Employment and Training Strategy (ASETS) has been in place since April 1, 1996. ASETS is an integrated approach to Aboriginal Labour Market Programming. ASETS focuses on three priorities:  Supporting Demand Driven Skills Development; Fostering Partnerships with Private Sector, the Provinces and Territories; and Placing Emphasis on Accountability and Results.

ASETS is designed to help Aboriginal people prepare for and find high-demand jobs quickly, as well as keep them employed in the long term. Ongoing goals are to increase Aboriginal participation in the Canadian labour market and strengthen and facilitate programming that meets the unique and varied needs of Aboriginal people and employers.  ASETS will continue to adhere to its vision: We will work in partnership to increase self-reliance of Aboriginal people within the Central Interior.

The Central Interior ASETS service area includes Merritt, Lytton, Ashcroft, Chase, Lillooet, Enderby, Kamloops, Salmon Arm, Barriere to Clinton. It currently serves 30 First Nations within the St’at’imc, Nlaka’pamux, Syilx and Secwepemc Nations. This region also includes 3 Friendship Centres in Merritt, Kamloops and Lillooet.  The total population served is approximately 17,168.

We have 6 Employment Offices Across Central Interior BC:

(Link to google map)

  1. Chase: 1-250-679-2348 734 First Avenue, Chase BC, V0E 1M0
  2. Merritt: 1-250-378-0126 2051 D Voght Street, Merritt BC, V1K 1B8
  3. Lillooet: 1-250-256-0293 201 – 76 5th Avenue, Lillooet BC, V0K1V0
  4. Ashcroft: 1-250-453-0093 411 Brink Street, Ashcroft BC, V0K 1A0
  5. Kamloops: 1-250-554-4556 144 Briar Street, Kamloops BC, V0k 1Z0
  6. Lytton: 1-250-256-0293 243 Main Street, Lytton BC, V0K 1Z0



734 1st Ave
Chase, BC, V0E 1M0


2051 D Voght St
Merritt, BC, V1K 1B8


86 7th Avenue
Lillooet, BC, V0K 1V0


411 Brink Street
Ashcroft BC, V0K 1A0


144 Briar Avenue
Kamloops, BC, V2B 1C1


243 main st. Lytton-Lillooet Highway

Programs We Offer

ASETS programming covers a wide range of necessary skills and training areas that span multiple career stages.

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/Demand Driven
  • 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

Aboriginal Training & Employment Centre

Empowering Aboriginal People to Become Self-Sufficient Through Employment

Assistance for all Aboriginal clients conducting  job search and career options which includes a job postings board, computers, telephones, and  fax machine. There are employment counselors available to assist with funding options for training.

The Essential Skills Training Centre is located at this office which assists clients with career exploration and preparation in the areas of Reading, Document Use, Nummeracy, Writing, Oral Communication Working With Others, Thinking, Computer Use, and Continous Learning.

ATEC Information Sheet For Services
ATEC Information Sheet

Program Brochure

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

Aboriginal Skills Employment and Training Strategy is funded by the Government of Canada.

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