ValueReceive up to $300,000 for Skills Training
The B.C. Employer Training Grant is a cost-sharing grant program that provides employers throughout B.C. with skills training funding for their workforces, including prospective new hires. The grant funding helps employers respond to their changing labour needs and helps develop a skilled workforce with the right mix of skills. In turn, this helps British Columbians access the skills training needed to succeed in today’s labour market, while increasing job security and supporting career advancement. Employers can apply as often as they need and receive 80% of the cost of training up to $10,000 per employee, with a maximum annual amount per employer of $300,000.
People who are receiving Employment Insurance (EI) Part I benefits or Income Assistance (IA) may be eligible for training funded through the Employer Training Grant program (ETG). However, they must first get approval from the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction (SDPR).
Note: Any information about the ETG does not imply that funding is guaranteed, and that any information encourages employers to apply on their own as third-parties cannot apply on behalf of an employer.
- Steps to Receiving a Grant
- Create a Business BCeID account. This provides secure electronic access to online government services
- Identify who needs training and pick a training provider
- Use the Business BCeID account to apply online through the ETG’s Skills Training Grants System*
- Receive decision
- Begin training
- Submit a reimbursement claim
- Training must result in increased job security or a better job* for a current employee** once training is completed, or a job for an unemployed person.
- The Province will reimburse employers 80 per cent of eligible training costs. The employer must contribute the remaining 20 per cent.
- Employers are eligible to receive up to $10,000 per participant and up to $300,000 per fiscal year (April 1 – March 31).
- At the time of application, participants must be unemployed, or employed by the applicant employer.**
- Employers must submit their application on their own behalf, using their Business BCeID. Third parties cannot apply on an employer’s behalf.
- Participants must submit their own Participant Information Forms before an application can be submitted. Employers cannot submit these on an employee’s behalf.
- If approved, employers (not participants) are to pay for all costs in full and, after training has started, submit a reimbursement claim within 30 days.
- Employee participants must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or protected persons under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada). Temporary foreign workers, international students, or other temporary residents are ineligible.
- Training cannot be longer than 52 weeks in length. Note that the ETG does not fund diploma or degree programs, in full or in part.
*A “better job” is defined as:
- Increased pay
- Promotion or advancement to another position
- Move from part-time to full-time employment
- Move from temporary/casual/seasonal employment to permanent employment
** For employers looking to hire workers that have been directly or indirectly impacted by a downturn in the forest sector, the ETG may support training for participants employed by another employer at the time of application.
Contact Name: Work BC
Phone Number: 1-877-952-6914