The Skills Link Program (SLP) is one of two programs that the First Nations Education Steering Committee and First Nations Schools Association administer under the First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy (FNIYES) for the BC Region.

Announcement:FNIYES Skills Link and Cooperative Education Final Reports and Youth Evaluations are now available. The 2016-2017 SLP and COOP Ed. work placements should be completed and funding must be expended by March 31, 2017.

Skills Link Resources

The 2016/2017 Skills Link Program Call for Proposals:

Final Reports and Youth Evaluations are required no later than Friday, March 17, 2017

  1. 2016 2017 Skills Link Program Guidelines
  2. Skills Link Final Report
  3. Skills Link Mentored Work Placement Youth Evaluation
  4. Skills Link Youth Evaluation Word Version
  5. FNIYES COOP Ed. Final Report
  6. FNIYES COOP Ed. Work Placement Youth Eval.
  7. FNIYES COOP Ed. Youth Eval Word Version


Program Objectives

  • To promote the benefits of education as key to youth’s participation in the labour market.
  • To support the development and enhancement of essential employability skills among First Nations and Inuit youth (e.g. communication, problem solving and working with others).
  • To introduce youth to a variety of career options.
  • To help youth acquire skills by providing wage subsidies for mentored work experience.
  • To support the provision of mentored school-based work and study opportunities (e.g. co-operative education and internships).
  • To help First Nation and Inuit youth overcome barriers to employment.

These objectives are consistent with the overall objectives of the Skills Link Program.

Program Outcomes

  • Enhanced employability skills for participating First Nation and Inuit youth;
  • Increased awareness of the benefits of education;
  • Enhanced ability to make employment-related decisions;
  • Increased appreciation for science and technology as a viable career/education choice;
  • Improved attitudes toward the transition from school to work; and
  • Increased ability of First Nations and Inuit youth to participate in the labour market.

Eligible Recipients

Eligible recipients are First Nations communities in the BC region. For co-operative education activities, only First Nations schools are eligible to submit proposals though their administering organization. Eligible recipients may then enter into agreements with private sector and non-profit sector employers to access employment opportunities for youth.

Program Support

See full details in the Program Guidelines or call us at 1-604-912-0011 if you have any questions about this program.

Technical Support

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