Residential Energy Efficiency Works (REnEW)

Looking to rebuild your career for a better future? Start here. REnEW is a training program that was created by FortisBC in co-operation with community groups to help people who’ve experienced barriers to employment. Now you can train for jobs in the growing field of energy-efficiency retrofitting. Gain self-confidence and job-ready skills, while employers gain access to the entry-level skilled workers they need. It’s a great way to start renewing your career for the future.

Currently seeking 12 new program applicants

We’re seeking 12 new applicants from the Westbank First Nation for our program this year. Our next program begins on September 21, 2020. COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place. 1

Watch how the REnEW program makes a difference

Equipping trainees with new skills and opportunities

Since its creation, the REnEW program has lifted barriers for over 100 participants from communities across BC — including Vancouver, Chilliwack, Kelowna, Prince George and Williams Lake. In a three- to five-week training program, graduates will receive training in energy-efficiency retrofitting, as well as First Aid, Fall Protection and Construction Safety Training Systems, basic skills that many employers require.

After graduation, as many as 80 per cent of participants either have gained employment or pursued further education, renewing their hope and confidence. Perhaps the program’s greatest strength is in empowering individuals to reduce their reliance on social programs while building a strong, healthy future for themselves and their families.

Apply today

Interested in applying for the REnEW program? For more information contact Kevin Ned, Westbank First Nation at kned@wfn.ca.

Program partners

Okanagan Training Development Council

Additional program support by:

Westbank First NationWIBCO Construction Ltd.

Past program partners

The John Howard Society of CanadaCariboo Chilcotin Aboriginal Training Employment Centre SocietyAboriginal_Housing_Society_of_Prince_George
AccessBladeRunnersStó:lō Service Agency
City of Prince GeorgePrince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment and Training AssociationThe Power of Friendship

1 COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place in-class and on the construction site. The COVID safety plan includes limiting class size, daily questionnaires, physical distancing, hand sanitizing stations and signage as well as other safety precautions recommended by WorkSafeBC and according to BC Government guidelines.