Early Childhood Education Assistant Training

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Are you interested in building a career in childcare? This comprehensive 4-month skill training program can help you to become a skilled and certified ECE Assistant. It includes 12 weeks of classroom learning at Vancouver Community College’s downtown campus and four weeks of on-the job experience with a local employer.

Why join

The Early Childhood Education Assistant Training Program is designed to help you:

  • Develop and improve occupational English skills specific to the childcare sector 
  • Learn guiding and caring strategies 
  • Understand trauma-informed approaches to early childcare and learning
  • Develop job search skills and employment skills for success 
  • Receive industry certifications: FOODSAFE and First Aid

Additional financial supports may be available to cover wraparound supports while participating in the program.

Who it’s for

Participants must be:

  1. At least 18 years old and have a Social Insurance Number (SIN)
  2. Living in British Columbia
  3. Canadian Citizens; or Permanent Residents; or Protected persons entitled to work in Canada
  4. Unemployed or precariously employed
  5. Experiencing multiple barriers to employment such as lack of recent/Canadian experience, lack of basic employment skills, limited languages skills, non-high school completion, unstable housing etc.
  6. Have grade 10 English or Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 6 or above
  7. Able to pass a criminal record check including a vulnerable sector check

Priority will be given to recent immigrant and refugee women.

How to apply

To apply, all interested candidates must attend an information session. Please register for the information session here.

For questions, please contact Alena Worster at VCC by using one of these ways:


Email: contracttraining@vcc.ca

Phone: 604-443-8751