New program will help participants develop employment skills.Photo:Metro

New program will help participants develop employment skills.Photo:Metro

New program offers free skills upgrading, support for West Kootenay job seekers

Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy offers workplace skills training

Have you lost your job in the past five years? The new Workplace Skills Project might be for you.

The Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) is offering a free program for people who have lost their jobs due to workplace closures or moving; their shifts being cut; natural disasters or COVID-19.

The Workplace Skills Project is part of a national research project led by Decoda Literacy Solutions, BC’s provincial literacy organization, to identify gaps in workers’ literacy and essential skills and to provide supports that could lead to new employment opportunities.

Castlegar is one of 11 communities across Canada invited to participate in this project.

“CBAL will provide free customized skills upgrading, based on the individual needs of the participants, in the areas of digital literacy, resume writing, interview skills and financial literacy,” says Andra Louie, CBAL program lead.

Training and support will be offered in-person, online, in group webinars or through other community agencies. The focus will be to meet the specific goals of each participant as they come with their own unique challenges, circumstances and abilities.

The Workplace Skills Project starts now and runs until November 30, 2021.

To participate contact Andra Louie at or 250-520-0103. Or contact your local CBAL office at or 250-687-4983.

Decoda Literacy Solutions provides resources, training and funds to support community-based literacy programs and initiatives in over 400 communities across B.C.

Promising practices will be tested and evaluated for potential use in 11 communities across the country. This project has been funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program.

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