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Providing certificate-based training, along with life skills and employment readiness workshops to individuals facing multiple barriers to employment

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Contact the ACES Program

Phone Number 604-872-5471
BC (except Kamloops):

About ACES

ACES (Acquiring Community-Based Employment Skills) provides certificate-based training, along with life skills and employment readiness workshops to individuals facing multiple barriers to employment. The program is offered by Connective and regional delivery partners across BC.  


ACES staff work with participants to identify their career goals, and gain access to courses, training, and job readiness supports to help them achieve those goals.  


The program supports people to achieve their personalized employment goals through training and support including: 

  • Resume and cover letter development 
  • Certificate-based training 
  • Interview skills training 
  • Supported work experience 
  • One-to-one support and mentorship 
  • Continued training and follow-up supports 


The program is designed to meet the needs of people with barriers to employment including older adults, people who have experienced violence and/or abuse, youth, people with disabilities, and people with criminal justice involvement. 


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Fraser Valley Lower Mainland Northern BC Okanagan Vancouver Island
If you are looking for this service in another location in BC or the Yukon, please contact us to connect with a Connective partner in your community.

Admission Criteria

  • Be 15 years of age or older and not a full time student
  • Live in British Columbia, and be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person legally entitled to work in Canada 
  • Be unemployed, underemployed, or employed in a low-skilled occupation 
  • Additional eligibility requirements may apply 

How to Apply

Please email us for more information on the ACES program.


*The Lower Mainland has temporarily paused program admissions until Fall 2024. Please reach out to the Vancouver CSO in the meantime for support with resumes and job searches.


When is the next ACES program happening?

ACES is an ongoing program that assists individuals who are experiencing difficulties in finding or maintaining employment. Our group trainings are very popular, but our outreach workers can also help register individuals in training courses in the community when our cohorts aren’t running. We also help with job searches, creating resumes, transportation, and working with employers to help program participants maintain stable employment. 

I am interested in working towards employment, but I’m not interested in construction, can ACES help me?

We can work with each program participant to pursue training or employment that fits their skills and interests. We’ve connected folks with opportunities in a variety of industries, including beauty, food services, retail, warehousing, peer support, and even dog-walking.

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