Kootenay Workforce Development

WKDIn 2013-14, Selkirk College and College of the Rockies established the Kootenay Regional Workforce Table (KWRT) to survey employers from East and West Kootenay / Boundary communities about workforce development challenges and priorities.  As a result, the Regional Skills Training Plan 2013 – 2020 was developed.


Four goals were identified:

  • Goal 1: Enhance and build regional industry – education – community collaboration.
  • Goal 2: Enhance training related to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).
  • Goal 3: Help lower skilled people upgrade and upskill.
  • Goal 4: Continue to ensure that local training is aligned to workforce needs.

The Columbia Basin Trust is funding Selkirk College to implement a 2 year pilot project to continue to work with employers in the region to implement the goals and priorities of the Regional Skills Training Plan (RSTP).  A project steering committee has been formed to direct and oversee implementation of an action plan.  The steering committee meets on a quarterly basis or as needed (face-to-face or tele-conference) to track implementation of the action plan and to determine new workforce development and training opportunities and priorities.  View committee terms of reference.

View comparison of regional and provincial plans.

View summary of projected high demand occupations.

View regional labour market statistics.

We welcome your participation and input to shape workforce development, training and skills development for competitiveness of Kootenay-Boundary businesses and industries.


For more information, please contact: Carol Currie, Kootenay Workforce Development Coordinator, West – Selkirk College tel: 250.365.1351 or ccurrie@selkirk.ca

Brian Conrad, Kootenay Workforce Development Coordinator, East and Transitions Coordinator – College of the Rockies tel: 250.489.2751 local 3380 or conrad@cotr.bc.ca

Gregg Neelin, Manager – Community Ed & Workplace Training – Selkirk College tel: 250.365.9334 or gneelin@selkirk.ca

Leah Bradish, Director – CE, Contract Training & Regional Campus Operations – College of the Rockies tel: 250.489.8286 or lbradish@cotr.bc.ca