New Brunswick Aboriginal Peoples Council

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The Aboriginal Skills & Employment Training Strategy (ASETS) program focuses on both clients and employers to ensure clients engage in training programs that will directly lead to employment opportunities.  Therefore, the ASETS program has very specific targets and parameters based on current labour market information in New Brunswick.  ASETS also has a strong partnership focus so clients are encouraged to explore other funding sources (i.e.: EI, TSD, Social Assistance, First Nations assistance, Other Aboriginal funding programs, Government Student Aid, School Grants, Employers, etc…) that can partner with the NBAPC-ASETS program

ASETS can offer

For the Client

We offer funding opportunities based on current and future NB labour market needs.  We can perform client assessments and offer support services to clients.  We can provide referrals to various organizations within the community that are willing to assist our clients with their career goals. We also assist clients in resume and cover letter construction and learning effective interview techniques.

For the Employer

We provide pre-screened, skilled personnel for full-time, part-time, permanent, seasonal and/or casual positions.  We make every effort to provide the employer with the employee best suited to fit their needs and requirements. 

For the Education/Training Facility

We offer regular follow-ups on client progress as well as assist the client with any barriers that may affect their educational performance.

We also offer an access room with computer, printer, popular software, internet access, fax services, books, videos, reference materials, career and educational resources.

We Fund

  • Off-reserve Aboriginals who are permanent residents of New Brunswick
  • Students enrolled in post secondary training courses that are 2 years or less in duration. (A client enrolled in a 2 year course must reapply for funding each of the 2 years)
  • Full time studies (full day training & over 20 hours per week)
  • Training plans that coincide with current and future NB job market information based on the region the client is willing to work in.
  • Courses where the training takes place at a school or training site.
  • Those who are unemployed, underemployed or who do not possess employable skills

What is required to apply

  • An acceptance letter from the training institution or employer
  • A schedule of ALL fees for the course from the school
  • Paperwork from the school stating the start date and end date of the training
  • Address, phone number and fax number of the training institution or employer
  • Contact person at the training institution or business
  • A current resume
  • If the client is currently drawing EI benefits their caseworker’s name and contact information is required, as well as, the start and end date of their EI claim
  • If the client is a Social Assistance Recipient their caseworker’s name and contact information is required.
  • Details and contact information of the other funding partners that the client has already secured funding from.

Important Information to Post-Secondary Funding

  • Please be aware that we are required to follow a strict Confidentiality Policy, Conflict of Interest Policy and well as the Privacy Act.  Therefore, any person who wishes to apply for funding MUST CONTACT OUR OFFICE DIRECTLY in order to apply for funding.  Parents, family members, etc… cannot apply for funding on behalf of their relatives.  The client who wishes to receive the funding must call themselves in order to apply for assistance.
  • The Confidentiality Policy and Privacy Act also does not allow any ASETS staff member to discuss the funding details of any client with any other individual, no matter what relationship exists between the client and the individual inquiring.  Client information is only shared with the funding agencies involved in the intervention, the training institution and the client themselves. 
  • Due to the Conflict of Interest Policy NBAPC Executive, Board of Directors and/or staff members are NOT eligible for funding through the ASETS Department. 


Kristina Rogers 


Marge Zimmerman

Financial Admin. Assistant

Tricia Chase

Northern Employment Counselor

Areas surrounding Campbellton, Dalhousie, Bathurst, Miramichi, Doaktown, etc…

Joan Paul

Western Employment Counselor

Fredericton and areas surrounding Edmundston, Grand Falls, Woodstock, McAdam, etc.

Shannon Scott

Southern Employment Counselor        

Areas surrounding Saint John, St. Stephen, Sussex, Moncton, Richibucto, etc.