VIU Offers Workplace Essential Skills Training

December 18, 2014 - 11:15am

Vancouver Island University (VIU) is offering a Workplace Essential Skills Training program at the Nanaimo and Cowichan campuses that will appeal to volunteers, and employees of non-profit groups and social service agencies.

Funding for the training is provided to eligible participants.  

Training consists of three courses: working effectively in non-profits, retail service skills or food and beverage service skills.

“With a flexible training schedule and lessons designed to develop skills that are useful in any workplace, this program is popular with participants and employers alike,” says Nancy Hamilton, Manager of Contract Training programs at VIU Cowichan.

“We can deliver the courses at the Cowichan campus, Nanaimo campus or come directly to workplace locations."

The training covers essential workplace skills including reading, writing, document use, numeracy, computer use, thinking, oral communication, working with others and continuous learning.

“Participants will focus on those skills that they most need in their workplaces,” explains Hamilton. “They will have access to VIU’s campus libraries and learning centres for the duration of the course.”

Participants must be employed by or volunteering with a non-profit or social enterprise. The training program is 36 hours over six weeks. 

Interested volunteers and employees can contact Nancy Hamilton at 250.746.3532 for more information about eligibility requirements or email

Funding provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund.



Janina Stajic, Manager, Vancouver Island University

P:250.740.6288   E: T:@viunews

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