Multi-Industry Skills Training (MIST) program helps British Columbians get job-ready

On November 9, 2015, 12 students made a 20-day commitment to their career futures. This was the first of six cohorts of students - 72 students in total - participating in the new Multi-Industry Skills Training (MIST) program, funded by the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund.

The MIST program was developed by four partners, IMTARC, SkillPlan, Chemistry Consulting and Camosun College, to provide participants with job-ready certifications and entry level skills for various workforce sectors.

Graduates of the program received certification in First Aid, WHMIS, Fall Protection, Confined Space Awareness, Fire Watch, Transportation of Dangerous Goods, Flagging/Traffic Control, and LNG Awareness. They also gained a suite of important soft skills such as document use, numeracy, reading, conflict resolution, communication skills training, and job search skills.

The course was free for participants to attend. Students were required to be unemployed or under-employed, or employed but low-skilled, and were expected to be motivated and job-ready. They came ready to learn, and left with the skills and certifica-tion to effectively contribute to a diverse and productive workplace.