Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society Program


Job Opportunities

About ESAF

The Nine Essential Skills

About the Program

Job Requirements


Course Outline

Contact Information


Job Opportunities

City of Vancouver

City of Surrey

Surrey Libraries

Vancouver Public Library

Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation

About Essential Skills for Aboriginal Futures (ESAF)

Essential Skills are the skills needed for work, learning and life. They provide the foundation to learn a multitude of skills that enable our Aboriginal learners to evolve and adapt to changes within the workplace.
Our innovative approach to training is focused on the development of job skills required for specific job positions.  Through this bridge of employer partnerships and customized training, our Aboriginal learners have the tools to support continued successful employment.

The Nine Essential Skills

  • Reading
  • Document Use
  • Numeracy
  • Writing
  • Oral Communication
  • Working with Others
  • Thinking
  • Computer use
  • Continuous Learning

About the Program

Essential Skills for Aboriginal Futures is offering a 9-week Essential Skills enhancement program for those interested in a career in the Clerical/Administrative sector.

The 9-week Essential Skills program will take place at the ESAF site in New Westminster, where participants will delve into lessons and activities designed to enhance their Workplace Essential Skills. Learning is in an interactive classroom environment and will consist of a combination of: one to one teaching, self-directed and experiential learning in a group environment; participants will be exposed to authentic workplace documents and scenarios, workshops and a Library site tour to develop workplace specific Essential Skills. 

During the program, participants will be provided an opportunity to interview with the City of Surrey and City of Vancouver HR Departments for potential hire into entry level auxiliary positions such as: 

Office Support Clerk 1 - Clerk 2

  • Performs entry level clerical work

Circulation Services Clerk

  • Performs duties related to the shelving and handling of library materials
  • Performs entry level clerical work

Community Services Assistant 2/Cashier Receptionist

  • Performs basic clerical work including counter and receptionist duties

The compensation for these positions varies from approximately $18.00 to $22.18 per hour with an additional 12% in lieu of vacation and benefits.

Job Requirements

  • Grade 12 completion or GED
  • Able to pass a criminal records check
  • Fast and accurate keyboarding/data entry and computer navigation skills
  • Communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Spelling and basic numeracy
  • Sorting, alpha and numeric 
  • Good interpersonal, customer service and public relations skills
  • Working knowledge of office practices, procedures and equipment operation
  • Ability to effectively multitask in a fast-paced environment


  • Aboriginal ancestry and able to work in Canada
  • Have a referral from an ACCESS
  • Willingness to learn about Essential Skills
  • Demonstrate reliability, punctuality, commitment to demonstrate a positive attitude

Course Outline

  • Customized Essential Skills Enhancement
  • TOWES Testing
  • Authentic Workplace Document Use
  • Work Site Tours
  • Hours: 9:00am to 3:30pm
  • Daily: Monday to Friday

Contact Information

For more information about the Essential Skills for Aboriginal Futures program, please contact an Employment Counsellor at one of the following ACCESS Employment Assistance Services Offices:

ACCESS Employment Assistance Services 
Suite 110-1607 E. Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V5L 1S7
Tel: 604 251-7955  Fax: 604 251-7954

ACCESS Aboriginal Connections to Employment 
390 Main Street
Vancouver, BC V6A 2T1
Tel: 604 687-7480  Fax: 604 687-7481

ACCESS ATEC Employment & Training 
10757 – 138th Street
Surrey, BC V3T 4K8
Tel: 778-395-0385  Fax: 604-581-0944 

ESAF is located at:
735 Carnarvon Street
New Westminster, BC V3M 1E6
Tel: 604 521-5929 Fax: 604 521-5931

ACCESS is a partnership program between:

 City of Vancouver             City of Surrey

Surrey Libraries   Vancouver Public Library

Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation