The employment market in Kamloops can be a great barrier for even impressively skilled employees. Here is more information and resources on accessing employment.

Supports women in BC to find work in the trades through various programs. Assists women in preparing for trades employment, registering as an apprentice, or gaining an Industry Training Authority (ITA) credential. Applicants must be underemployed or unemployed and may qualify for financial assistance (with tuition, texts, transportation, and daycare); there is different eligibility criteria. Office hours are 8 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday. Funded by Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

TRU Women in Trades

School of Trades & Technology

805 TRU Way

Kamloops, BC, V2C 0C8


Resume Development Courses & Programs

Provides free employment connection services for individuals in skilled trades. Eligibility includes individuals who are unemployed and non-employment insurance (EI) eligible; priority will be given to Indigenous individuals, immigrants, women, and youth (ages 15-29). Offers connection to employment opportunities for individuals with certifications in the skilled trades (construction-related) who are ready to work. Also helps eligible individuals connect to training courses or programs, obtain materials needed for work, and other connections to move skills towards apprenticeship and beyond. Services are based on the individual’s needs and can include job placement, workplace skills, job search assistance, and dedicated training courses. Funded by Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction (MSDPR) as a WorkBC Employment Services and Supports (ESS) Program.

STEP Program

101-1410 Pearson Place

Kamloops, BC, V1S 1J9


First Aid Courses

This is the organization that I have personally taken my first aid courses through. They offer many courses, engaging learning, small classes and a very passionate instructor. St. John Ambulance is the only national first aid training provider recognized in every Canadian province and territory.

St. John Ambulance

627 Victoria St,

Kamloops, BC V2C 2B3

(250) 372-3853

Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm

A local organization providing all kinds of courses & training to Kamloops residents. 

Whatever level of first aid you require, we are here to make sure you choose correctly. Our instructors are committed to providing you with top quality training and good customer service.

We are training partners with WorksafeBC in all levels of first aid and WHMIS while also being partners with Canadian Red Cross for “Standard, Emergency”(what is this?), Child Emergency and CPR

Valley First First Aid

121 12th St # 203,

Kamloops, BC V2B 3C6

(250) 376-9959

Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

Mental Health First Aid Courses

Mental Health First Aid Canada (MHFA), sponsored by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, is a 12-hour training course delivered in 4 modules, carried out over 2 days. Participants will learn how to provide initial help to people who are showing signs of a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

Serving it Right Course

This is a very accessible online course that takes approximately four hours. It costs $35 for the final exam, which you can attempt three times. This is a course that teaches you the limitations - both legal and physiological, that people can face when drinking alcohol in a drinking establishment. This certification is a legal requirement for anyone employed at a facility that sells alcohol & liquor. For this reason, it is very beneficial and allows for many opportunities.

Food Safe Course

This course is one that teaches you how to prepare & serve food in a safe, hygienic, allergy friendly way. It is offered both online and in-person through this website. Be aware that there is a cost of ____X___ associated with this course.

The benefit to this is that it shows that you want to, and are taking initiative to working in a kitchen safely. Many employers consider this certification to be mandatory if they are serving food at the establishment.  This course is also very helpful in learning how to prepare and cook food properly if you are new to cooking. You will learn things like ideal thawing temperatures, types of food poisoning and risks of bacteria growth.

Traffic Control, Flagging

This comprehensive, two-day standardized course for Traffic Control Persons (TCP) consists of classroom and practical training and is the only program of its kind accepted by WorkSafe BC under Section 18 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation for high-risk traffic control. This two-day training session has been designed to qualify those who work as high-risk TCP's throughout the province of BC.

Southern Interior Construction Association

1410 Pearson Pl #101,

Kamloops, BC V1S 1J9

(250) 372-3364

Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm

Resume Templates, Building Programs

Building your Resume

A local bookkeeping company in Kamloops that is quite popular. Here you can utilize their service of resume building. They offer many services such as income tax preparation, reception, budgeting, letters, resumes and bookkeeping.

T&M Bookkeeping

2623 Young Place
BC, V2B 8A4


Monday-Friday 9am-4pm

Resources from Thompson Rivers University

This handout is a very helpful guide & checklist of what to include on your resume. It will guide you on how to format the information and create an overall eye-catching handout for potential employers.

A list of action words and skills that you can use to spice up your resume. Scroll to the bottom of this page for more words to choose from.

Youtube Tutorial on using Microsoft Word

Buzzwords to add to your Resume


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The goal is for this page to provide a sense of community and support for individuals who experience life with a lower-income. Please browse the thoughtfully curated pages to provide accurate and informational resources for you; whoever you are.

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