Education & Training

If you’re looking to update your skills, or considering a different career entirely, Nanaimo has a variety of Post-secondary educational options.

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Vancouver Island University

Vancouver Island University provides training in academic, vocational, and technical fields and programs range from basic literacy to masters degrees in various disciplines.    VIU’s main campus is located in Nanaimo.

Discovery Community College

Discovery Community College offers Certificate and Diploma Programs in Business, Healthcare, Finance and Community support worker.

Sprott-Shaw College

Offers programs in the healthcare, education and business professions.  Sprott Shaw College    

Academy of Learning Career College

Offers over 40 diploma and certificate programs, including business, accounting, information technology and graphic design.  Academy of Learning

Training Programs and Subsidies

Visit the following websites for information about subsidies and training opportunities that may be suitable for you.

Government of Canada – Support for Apprentices 

Province of British Columbia – Jobs & Career Training Resources 

Certified International Trade Professional Training 

Federal Government Grants and Contributions 

Service Canada 

Skilled Trades Employment Program (STEP)  

Trades Training BC 

Training Tax Credit 

Work Sharing Program for Employers   




Last updated: February 23, 2024

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