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Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society

Intercultural Skills for Success Training Project (ISST)

About ISST Program

Discover your potential with PICS Intercultural Skills for Success Training Project, a transformative initiative designed to empower Canadians who are looking for work or higher education. Formerly Essential Skills, the Skills for Success model is for all Canadians who need to improve their foundational and transferable skills. The model responds to the needs of the current and future labour market.

This is a full-time project tailored to meet the demands of British Columbia’s most in demand industries, including Retail, Hospitality, Financial Services, and Building Construction. Classes will be primarily in-person, supplemented by one-on-one support sessions and follow up service. This project will foster success in the workplace, higher learning, community involvement and personal development.

ISST Project


  • Improved skills in ways that align with employer’s needs
  • Enhanced understanding of the labour market
  • Improved job search skills
  • Short-term occupational certificate training
  • Financial supports based on participant’s specific needs

Skills for success include:

  • Adaptability
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Creativity & Innovation
  • Digital Literacy
  • Problem Solving
  • Numeracy
  • Reading
  • Writing

Training Components:

  • Career Exploration
  • Skills for Success
  • Job Search Skills and Documents
  • Employment / Education Action Plan Development

Eligibility Criteria

Current resident of BC

  • Resident of BC
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident or Convention Refugee
  • 18 years old or above

Self Identify as

  • Women
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Indigenous People
  • Newcomers
  • Racialized Groups


  • 18 years old or above

Contact Information

Funded By

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In Partnership With

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 Funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Skills for Success Program