Workplace Training for Innovation Pilot Program

Posted by Rumin Mann
October 18th, 2010

The Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development has established a new program initiative, Workplace Training for Innovation Program, through the Strategic Training and Transition Fund. The program is designed to provide eligible employers with funding for employee training in order to:

  • Improve productivity
  • Support the introduction of new technology, machinery/equipment or work processes
  • Enhance international competitiveness
  • Introduce innovative training and workplace strategies to increase the long term competitiveness of the organization and its workforce.

A key aspect of the Workplace Training for Innovation Pilot Program is employer choice. It is important to note that the Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development has not pre-approved nor endorsed any courses, programs, or training providers with respect to the Workplace Training for Innovation Pilot Program. There are hundreds of training providers across the province for employers to choose from, including colleges or private training institutions. It is up to employers to thoroughly investigate and select the training option that is best for them.

Both businesses and not-for-profit employers may be eligible to receive funding. Eligible employers must be:

  • Small organizations (less than 50 employees)
  • In good standing with the BC Corporate Registry
  • In existence for one year or more

In addition, organizations must certify that they would not undertake the training without financial assistance from the Province. Complete eligibility criteria are contained in the application form and program guidelines.

The maximum funding available per employer is $5,000 and the maximum funding available per employee is $1,500.

Organizations may apply for funding by submitting a completed application for funding form to Chemistry Consulting Group Inc. at the address listed on the form. Faxed and emailed applications will not be accepted.

An application is not a guarantee of funding. Applications will be processed on a first-come/first-served basis, subject to availability of funding.

Applications will be accepted until January 31, 2011, subject to availability of funding.

Source: Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development

[CAWP has had many companies take advantage of this funding and had no problem qualifying]

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