All kinds that address employability needs of applicants. The training must be 6 months or less and offered by a public institution or an accredited private institution and lead to employment.
Yes. The Opportunities Fund can provide sponsorship for part-time or full-time training.
A case manager is an employment counsellor who will support you to reach your employment goals. They will help you with identifying resources, selecting programs and completing your application to the Opportunities Fund Program. Your Case Manager will offer support throughout your training or wage subsidy and job search.
At local employment services office like WorkBC and specialized disability services providers.
The Opportunities Fund Program can sponsor training at a private training institution if:
- the institution is recognized by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) and
- the training choice is justifiable in relation to the job target
It is expected that applicants will be working within 12 weeks of graduation from a sponsored training program. If after 12 weeks of active job search employment has not been found, the applicant may be eligible for a wage subsidy.
The Opportunities Fund can sponsor applicants to complete self-employment training. Think of Self Employment Programs (SEPs) as going to school to learn how to be successful at running a business. The business can be small, medium or large in size. We’ve had some amazing successes over the years. Candidates for a SEP must have a business concept in mind to be considered. The Opportunities Fund does not provide start-up and capital costs for small business ventures.
Yes, however applicants will need to negotiate a repayment schedule with the student loan program before applying for the Opportunities Fund.
9. Can I get Opportunities Fund sponsorship if I am on a WorkSafeBC claim or other long term disability claim?
Claimants may be eligible. Ask your case manager to contact an Opportunities Fund Community Coordinator.