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Ready to start a business? SRVTC can help!

Ready to Starting a Business

Each year, dozens of tradespeople and artisans graduate from vocational programs at Sabtuan Adult Education Services. Entrepreneurship is an exciting possibility for these graduates. Starting a business is also a dream for many others throughout Eeyou Istchee.

Upcoming programs at Sabtuan Regional Vocational Training Centre (SRVTC) will help community members turn these entrepreneurial ambitions into a reality.

SRVTC has announced several Spring 2019 programs that respond to the growing demand for Cree-owned businesses across Eeyou Istchee. Two new programs, “Starting a Business” and “Construction Business Management,” will focus on entrepreneurial skills and knowledge. Other vocational programs will include competencies that can be used to build mechanical contracting, tourism, or sports-related businesses in the future.


“These programs will allow students to go beyond ‘how to find a job’ and talk about how to create a job for themselves and their community.” Said Rejean Gascon, Director of SRVTC. “Students will learn how to build a business plan, find clients, and abide by laws in their field. They can use this knowledge to move up the ranks at an existing company, or to build something of their own.”

SRVTC’s Spring 2019 programs are available to James Bay & Northern Quebec beneficiaries anywhere in Eeyou Istchee. The centre provides residence facilities to those who reside in a different community.

Here are the four programs that are beginning in the coming months. Applications for many of these programs are due very soon. Students can fill out an application by contacting their community-based Local Education Consultant (see directory) or visiting their local SAES Office. A birth certificate, school transcript, and S.I.N number are needed to finalize these applications.

Starting a Business - applications due March 11

Students will learn how to prepare a business plan, manage projects, handle business finances and more. This is a vocational specialization, so there are no pre-requisites needed to apply.

Starting a Business is a full-time program that will run from March 25 to June 27.

Construction Business Management - applications due March 25

Students will learn how run a construction-related business, including managing projects, reading drawings and specifications, and understanding Quebec’s building code. You will also lean how to create a business development plan. This is a great opportunity for individuals who have completed a construction-related vocational program. It is also a great fit for those who currently work in construction and want to take the next step in their career.

Construction Business Management is a 15-week, full-time program which starts April 2019.

Recreation Leadership

This fun-filled program offers students the chance to learn a variety of outdoor adventure skills, including water sports, winter recreation, and much more. Along with these outdoor competencies or modules, graduates will gain some knowledge that could be used to start a tourism, guiding, or sports-related business in the future. This includes determining costs and funding methods for activities, setting up promotional campaigns, and setting up a sports league.

Recreation Leadership is a full-time program lasting approximately one year. It will begin in Spring 2019.

Construction Equipment Mechanics

This program is a great fit for anyone looking to become a contractor or mechanic. Students will learn how to diagnose, tune-up and repair a variety of equipment, including engines, transmission systems, steering systems and more. Although there is not a module dedicated to starting a business in this course, graduates will be on their way to building a career as independent contractors or mechanics after completion, as well as having the skills to find a job in their field.

Construction Equipment Mechanics is a full-time program lasting approximately 15 months. It will begin in Spring 2019.

How to apply to a vocational program

Step 1: Find the Vocational Program that is right for you.
For support in making your decision, contact our guidance counsellor at 418.923.3347 #1323.

Step 2: Contact your Local Education Consultant or SAES Office
The SAES Office in your community and/or your Local Education Consultant can help you with your application.

Step 3: Fill out an application and provide necessary documents
We will need a copy of your birth certificate, your latest school transcript, S.I.N. number and a working telephone number to finalize your application.