Education, Training & Employment Programs

There are a number of employment and skills development programs available through our Employment and Skills Development department.

*Notice to students*

The 2024-2025 Bursary deadline is March 1, 2024. Please click here for further details.


Self-Employed Benefit

Income support and funding for business planning services are available for members looking to start their own business.

Summer Career Placement

This program provides meaningful summer work experiences for students 15-29 years of age. The objective is to link students with work experience related to their field of study or an area in which they have an interest in studying, wherever possible.

Skills Development – University

This program provides a bursary/grant payment to University students who are in their final two years of an undergraduate program. In the event that a client was funded for their undergraduate program, they will only be eligible in their final year of a graduate program. The amount is determined yearly based on approved budget. Deadline to apply is March 1 of each year.

Skills Development – Other

This program funds clients to complete certificate/diploma programs, short-term industry specific programs and health/safety training. It can provide funding for course cost, living allowance, travel allowance and childcare, if applicable. Deadline to apply is May 1, 2024.

Work Experience

This program can be exploratory in nature to assist clients in determining if a particular employment field is a fit for them. It can also be linked to skills where the clients gain direct work experience in a field for which they have studied or trained.

Employment Transition Fund

This program is designed to move clients from minimum waged jobs into an intervention, or a combination of interventions, that allows them to pursue a career that meets their interest, salary expectations and labour market priorities. This program follows the Skills Development–Other funding amounts.

Applying for Programs


To be eligible to apply for the programs operated under the ESD department, clients must be:

  • A current member of NCC, no matter where they reside in Canada
  • Unemployed or underemployed (working less than 20 hours a week)
  • Attending an accredited school full-time within Canada (minimum of four courses)

Selection Criteria

  • Meet labour market demand
  • Academic performance
  • Training history
  • Cost of training
  • Budget considerations


Clients will be notified of a decision on their application a minimum of (20) working days from the time their application is received.

Scholarships & Bursaries


scholarship is a payment made to support a student’s education, awarded on the basis of academic or other achievement.

We have compiled a list of scholarships here:

Iron Ore Company Scholarship for Indigenous Students

RBC Scholarships

Women in Resource Development Scholarship Program

Bird Heavy Civil Ltd. Indigenous Scholarship Program

Indspire Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

Canada Post Grants

Trades NL Post-Secondary Scholarship


Bursary is generally a non-repayable grant that is awarded on the basis of financial need.

We have compiled a list of bursaries here:

Bursary Resources