Ministry of Advanced Education
Programs & Initiatives | Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education and Training
We provide leadership and support for the development of policies and learning programs to address challenges and barriers faced by Aboriginal students.
Aboriginal Training for Employment Program
The Aboriginal Training for Employment Program assists in the transition of Aboriginal people into sustainable employment.
ATEP provides funding to Aboriginal organizations to provide programming that includes short-term training and an employment component.
Contracts are awarded as a result of a Request for Proposals (RFP), which will select qualified Contractors to provide unemployed non-Employment Insurance Aboriginal Participants and employed low skilled Aboriginal Participants with cultural based job related training and support services in order to connect to employment opportunities in British Columbia through the delivery of the Aboriginal Training for Employment Program.
Funding is provided through the Canada / British Columbia Labour Market Agreement.
Questions about the initiative should be directed to AVED.ATEP@gov.bc.ca
Request for Proposals (RFP)
An RFP for ATEP is posted on BC Bid at http://www.bcbid.gov.bc.ca/open.dll/welcome
The RFP can be located via the following steps:
- On the right hand side of the screen, click “Browse,”
- In the next screen, click “Browse opportunities by organization,”
- Scroll down and click on “Ministry of Advanced Education,”
- Click on “2014 ATEP.”
- You can access the documents and templates at the top right hand side of the screen by clicking on “Supplier Attachments Exist.”
|Due date for proposals||Contract duration|
|2pm (PT) May 13, 2014*||Up to 8.5 months|
*Please register on BC Bid in advance, and ensure that you leave enough time to post your proposal to BC Bid prior to the deadline. The system will automatically close at 2pm.
To register, please follow the steps in the BC Bid® Registration Guide.
For assistance with BC Bid, contact the Help Desk at:
250-387-7301 (Victoria, BC)
Toll-free within BC by calling Enquiry BC and requesting a transfer:
604-660-2421 (Greater Vancouver) or
1-800-663-7867 (outside Victoria/Vancouver)
Aboriginal Community-Based Delivery Partnerships Program
This program focuses on partnerships between Aboriginal communities and public post-secondary institutions to deliver community-based programs for Aboriginal learners.
The goal is to increase access to employment-related training and education in Aboriginal communities and provide post-secondary education and training opportunities to a broad range of Aboriginal participants, in order to position Aboriginal people and communities to take advantage of economic opportunities.
Funding is provided through the Canada / British Columbia Labour Market Agreement, the Ministry of Advanced Education, and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.
Aboriginal Special Projects Fund
The Aboriginal Special Projects Fund was in place from 2000-2009 and provided $17.5 million in funding to over 300 projects during the course of its existence.
The purpose of the fund was to pilot innovative programs and courses for Aboriginal students in public post-secondary institutions. The type of projects included:
- cultural education and transition programs
- student recruitment activities
- student services
- student preparation and bridging programs
- trades training
- institutional Indigenization initiatives
- language programs and curriculum development
- cultural and arts training
- health care programs
- Aboriginal teacher training
- business administration
Many leading practices emerged as a result of the projects. Links to project reports can be found in this Excel spread sheet.
Aboriginal Special Projects List
Aboriginal Service Plans
Aboriginal service plans are 3-year rolling strategic plans. They are developed and implemented by public post-secondary institutions and Aboriginal communities, institutes, and organizations. The Ministry of Advanced Education provides funding for the implementation of Aboriginal Service Plans.
The goals of the plans are to:
- Increase the access, retention, completion and transition opportunities for Aboriginal learners.
- Strengthen partnerships and collaboration in Aboriginal post-secondary education.
- Increase the receptivity and relevance of post-secondary institutions and programs for Aboriginal learners, and provide support for initiatives that address barriers.