Youth Skills BC Workplace Pilot Program

Posted by Rumin Mann
February 18th, 2011

The BC government is offering a new program, the Youth Skills BC Workplace Pilot Program, which offers BC employers a $2000 hiring incentive (up to 3 employees at $2000 each) to hire eligible youth between the ages of 15 and 29. The Youth Skills BC Workplace Pilot Program, funded by the Ministry of Regional Economic and Skills Development has been specifically created as easy-to-use for employers and employees. There is also an additional training allowance, of up to $1000, available should an employer wish to train their new employee externally.

The criteria for the potential employee to qualify for YSBC:

  • Aged 15 – 29
  • Not currently receiving EI and must not have received EI within the past 36 months; or 60 months for a parental claim
  • Not a full-time student or returning to school
  • Is a resident of BC and legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Not participating in any other government funded program

The criteria for the employer to qualify for YSBC:

  • In business for a minimum of one year
  • In good standing with WCB

British Columbia’s future economy will need a highly skilled workforce, and YSBC is helping meet that challenge. In addition to employer support for hiring and on-the-job training, the pilot program can help employers develop a training plan for each participant and funding assistance to pay for the supplemental training identified in these plans.

To learn more about the program (available until March 2012) please visit To see the official Press Release, please click here.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please call Monday thru Friday from 8:00am to 5.00pm. at 1-877-866-3100 toll free.

Source: Ministry of Regional Economic and Skills Development News Release

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