Skip to main content
Youth employment program coordinators. Careers in Caring

Shaping the Future of Youth Employment

This groundbreaking, new employment training program is generously funded by the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills; and widely supported by key North Island employers in the care sector, an area widely forecasted to have the highest number of job openings in BC over the next decade. With such enthusiastic & widespread support from employers and participants alike, Careers in Caring is proudly meeting its goals of helping to shape the future of youth employment across the region, & making a significant impact on the lives of young individuals seeking meaningful careers.

Designed for youth 16-29 years of age, the program aims to provide young people with access to meaningful career paths with longevity, with a particular focus on high-demand jobs in healthcare, community/social services, and early childhood education.

For youth considering working in areas that touch the lives of all North Islanders, "Careers in Caring" is an opportunity for out-of-school, unemployed, underemployed, or precariously employed youth to gain relevant, in-demand skills, pursue meaningful work, and build lasting connections to Care Economy Employers.

Careers in Caring poster. Call 250-286-3441 or toll free 1-866-286-6788 for information on intakes

Program Highlights

Careers in Caring will help out of school youth aged 16-29 prepare for entry-level employment in healthcare, early childhood education or community social services.

  • 12 week, cohort based program
  • Different ways to participate
    • Fully virtual
    • In-person (Campbell River location only)
    • Hybrid - partially virtual, partially in person (in-person available at our Campbell River location only)
  • "Earn as You Learn" model  (Earn minimum wage for program participation)
  • Explore pathways to high-demand occupations
  • Build marketable skills through work experience and training
  • Gain basic certifications such as First Aid, WHMIS, etc.
  • Connect with local employers
  • Meet great people

Basic Program Eligibility

  • Young Adults, ages 16-29 that are:
    • no longer in school
    • either:
      • unemployed
      • underemployed - not getting enough paid work, or not doing work that makes full use of your skills/abilities/qualifications
      • precariously employed - generally refers to jobs that are insecure and low paying, temporary or contract based, part-time (unwanted) or irregular hours and can also include gig work or platform based jobs
    • Legally able to work in Canada/BC
program graduate

What Graduates are Saying

"I am incredibly grateful for the Careers in Caring program, which helped me nurture and grow my own pre-existing qualities that are valuable and appreciated in my desired field of social work & community support.

Huge thanks to the NIEFS Staff for providing trainings, resources and constant encouragement"!

Sierra, December 2023


Program Coordinator - Cassidee P.

Employment Counsellor/Group Facilitator - Graeme C.

Telephone: 250-286-3441

Toll Free: 1-866-286-6788

[email protected]