Funding Opportunity to Help Train Your Employees

It’s no secret that well-trained employees make fewer mistakes, can provide better customer service and are less likely to become dissatisfied with their jobs.

If you’re interested in better preparing your employees for their jobs by expanding their skill sets, there’s funding available right now that can help you do just that.

The ASPECT Targeted Skills Shortage Program (TSSP) is focused on helping businesses and non-profit organizations grow the potential of their low-skilled employees by providing access to funded training for eligible staff.

TSSP is now accepting applications online and will run until March 2014. ASPECT recommends that all interested businesses and non-profits enroll in the program prior to January 3, 2014.

Are You and Your Employees Eligible?

In order for your organization to qualify for the ASPECT Targeted Skills Shortage Program, you must have less than 100 employees and your business must belong to one of the following sectors: 

  • Fishing
  • Forestry
  • Health Care and Social Assistance
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Natural Gas
  • Technology, Clean Technology, and Green Economy
  • Tourism 
  • Transportation

Your employees will be eligible if they either do not possess a high school diploma, or have a high school diploma but do not have any recognized certification. 

Each eligible employee is able to participate in the program only once, however more than one “growth employee” from your organization can take part in the program at the same time.

What Type of Training Can My Employees Receive?

The TSSP provides up to $1,500 per employee to a maximum of $7,500 per employer (five employees) to engage in training activities for their low-skilled workers. 

If you enroll in the program, you’ll work with a Training Coordinator for Bowman Employment Services Inc. to develop a training plan for your eligible employees.

What’s Available and How to Apply

The TSSP is available in every region in British Colombia, but only has space available for up to 1,000 eligible employees.

To apply, please visit, please visit ASPECT’s TSSP website.

Please note that courses must start on or before February 28, 2014 to eligible for funding.

For More Information

For more information or to apply for the TSSP, please visit

The ASPECT Targeted Skills Shortage Program (TSSP) is an initiative of the BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism & Skills Training. Funding for this Program is provided by the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Agreement.