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)

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for this program, participants must be:

  • Aboriginal
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Unemployed
  • Not an EI client (have not established a regular EI claim in the last three years and have not established a maternity or parental claim in the past five years)
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Living in B.C.
  • Not a student
  • Not participating in another Labour Market Agreement (LMA) funded program

What does the program offer?

  • Services that are reflective of Aboriginal perspectives, values and beliefs.
  • Short-term training and work experience that enhances Aboriginal people's job readiness and employability through workplace supports, mentoring, coaching, etc;
  • Group activities, including assessment, life skills, and employability skills (job search, basic skills upgrading, computer training, and short-term skill training). Flexible, accessible and innovative job-related training through public, private and Aboriginal-controlled training institutions that are qualified to provide industry certificate and transferable credits; and
  • Aboriginal participation in economic and self-governance opportunities in and/or adjacent to their communities.

For additional information, please see:

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.

Invitation to apply

Timeline

Closing Date May 28, 2014
Approval Notices From June 27, 2014
Program Delivery From July 14, 2014
Final Reports Due February 13, 2015

Please note:

  • New Submission Process: Proposals will be adjudicated and ranked as they are received, based on the Review Guide. There will not be an opportunity for you to fill gaps or omissions after the May 28 deadline.
  • The Participant Supports Application and Notes form is due to AANDC by June 6, 2014 – please see Support for on-reserve eligible Income Assistance clients section below.

Please see the review guide for weighting of application sections that will be used in the review and adjudication of proposals.

Please see Questions and Answers. Questions about the initiative should be directed to AVED.ACBDPP@gov.bc.ca.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for this program, participants must be:

  • Aboriginal
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Living in B.C.
  • Not a student
  • Not participating in another Labour Market Agreement (LMA) funded program

What does the program provide?

  • Aboriginal community members with post-secondary education and training in their communities that will lead to employment.
  • Support for Aboriginal community needs and priorities, including responding to new economic opportunities and industry needs for a local skilled labour force.
  • Recognized credentials or credits that are portable or transferable.
  • Post-secondary education and training opportunities to a broad range of Aboriginal participants, in a broad range of programs that meet community needs.

For details on previous partnership agreements please see the following links: 2012-13 ACBDPP and 2013-14 ACBDPP partnership agreements.

New! Support for on-reserve eligible Income Assistance clients

AANDC BC Region will consider applications to support the on-reserve eligible Income Assistance clients to participate in Aboriginal Community Based Delivery Partnership Program (ACBDPP) approved initiatives. Participant Supports are limited to mentoring support, direct supports (such as a small training allowance, food vouchers, personal clothing), transportation, meals and accommodation (if applicable). The Band Social Development Worker must confirm the number of Income Assistance recipients participating in the program.

In order to access these funds, First Nations in BC must complete the Participant Supports Application and Notes form which will need to be associated to the ACBDPP submission.

The Participant Supports Application and Notes application is due to AANDC by June 6, 2014. Please send to Wanda Stachura, Program Advisor, Income Reform at wanda.stachura@aandc-aadnc.gc.ca If you have any questions, she can be reached at 604-775-8003.

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.