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History 2016-10-21T22:03:26+00:00

Photo Credit:Lower Columbia / Ryan Flett

The Skills Centre Timeline

1996
January 12

Community Team formed – 1996

To develop a business and delivery plan for a Skills Centre
1997
February 4

The Greater Trail Community Skills Centre Society – 1997

Incorporated February 4, 1997
March 3

Targeted Wage Subsidy – 1997

The first service delivery contract
1998
May 20

Continuing Education Agreement – 1998

A partnership between Selkirk College, School District #20 and the Skills Centre to deliver Continuing Education in Greater Trail.
August 15

$200,000 Contribution from Skills Centre funding – 1998

To Selkirk College to support the set-up of a multi-media program on the Trail Campus
1999
January 1

Employment Assistance Services Agreement – 1999 – 2011

Prime contractor with federal (subsequently provincial) government to deliver employment services in Greater Trail
August 2

200,000 Contribution from Skills Centre funding – 1999

To School District #20 for leasehold improvements in downtown Fortis building for offices for both organizations
2000
January 1

Job Club – 2000 – 2003

Job search skills program for unemployed youth
2001
June 3

Juice People – 2001

Skills training and employment experience for youth
August 15

Skills Gap Report #1 – 2001

Conduct a skills gap needs assessment survey for employers in Greater Trail
2002
February 20

Outplacement Services – 2002

Delivered for the Interior Health Authority in relation to restructuring of long term care services
September 15

Trades and Technology Information Centre – 2002 – 2008

To identify solutions that would address the emerging skills gap
November 23

The Right Stuff – 2002 – 2012

A social enterprise that provided work for youth and individuals experiencing barriers to the workplace
2003
July 15

Social Enterprise Consulting – 2003 – 2012

Provided business development support for non-profits in the CBT region
September 15

Skills Gap Report #2 – 2003

Conduct a skills gap needs assessment survey for employers in in the Kootenay-Boundary region
October 13

Training for Jobs (T4J) – 2003 – 2007

A collaborative project with 3 West Kootenay organizations sub-contracting to ASPECT to deliver this provincial employment services program
October 15

Gulch Revitalization Project – 2003

Employ youth to learn construction skills while revitalizing some of the buildings in the Gulch
2004
January 25

River’s Day – 2004 – 2013

An annual event to celebrate the Columbia river and clean up the shoreline that has since been taken on by the City of Trail
July 20

Teck Learning and Wellness Program – 2004 – Present

To manage the coordination and promotion of employee learning and wellness programs for Teck Metals Ltd. Employees. (contract transferred to IJC in 2012)
2005
March 16

Trades Rave – 2005

An event to showcase careers in the trades
2006
February 17

Bridging the Divide – 2006 – 2009

Action-research project fostering a variety of community economic development strategies
2007
March 19

Trades Workforce Renewal in the Columbia Basin Trust Region Report – 2007

Prepared for the Columbia Basin Trust
April 23

Workforce Renewal Research Project – 2007

Working with local employers to identify solutions for workforce renewal
August 12

The Skills Centre – 2007

Was registered as a charitable organization
2009
September 2

Life Skills and Employability Workshops – 2009

Support clients in their job search
2010
October 15

Skills Connect – 2010 – Present

Employment and skills development for new immigrants
2011
January 15

Essential Edge – 2011 – 2012

Promote the integration of essential skills to develop the local labour market
March 14

Beyond Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver – 2011 – 2012

Contributed to a national research project on employment services for immigrants settling in smaller communities
June 15

Work B.C. Employment Services Centre – 2011 – Present

Awarded role of prime contractor for the delivery of employment services in Greater Trail
September 23

The Skills Centre – 2011

Became the 100% shareholder in the for-profit corporation, Inside Job Consulting
November 26

Targeted Skills Shortage Program – 2011 – 2014

Work with clients to support and secure training they required to secure employment
2012
January 1

Essential Skills and TOWES – 2012 – Present

Training and testing of essential skills for the workplace.
January 2

Women Creating Change – 2012 – 2015

Identify the supports and barriers that impact women’s economic security in the Greater Trail area.
February 1

Affordable Housing – 2012

Assessment of available affordable rental housing in the Greater Trail area.
2013
January 15

Getting to Home – 2013 – Present

Working with Career Development Services to coordinate the needs of homeless individuals and find suitable housing for them.
2015
January 1

Working Options for Women – 2015

Develop opportunities to support women securing and retaining employment that pays at minimum a living wage.
January 8

Mining and Refining for Women – 2015 – Present

Develop a mentorship program that supports the retention and advancement of women in non-traditional employment.
2016
January 8

Poverty Reduction – 2016 – Present

Spearheading the development of a poverty reduction plan for the CBT region.
August 8

New Brand Identity

Re-branding with a new logo, brand guidelines, print collateral and website.