Business Administrative Assistant (BAA)

The Business Administrative Assistant program (formerly known as the IOAA Program) is delivered on-site and provides graduates with accreditation from the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology, delivered in partnership with Centre for Aboriginal Human Resources (Neeginan Institute of Technology).

Women will learn skills in Computer Software Applications, Human Relations, Office Professionalism, Accounting Principles and Communication Skills in preparation for a career in the administrative field. There will also be a 6 week unpaid work practicum.  The goals of the program are to support adult learners on their personal and professional journey, by developing strengths and overcoming barriers.

All Educational Programs are designed to create a safe environment that provides culturally authentic opportunities for the women to become connected to their history, themselves, their community and nation. . Women are provided with learning opportunities to become self-directing and begin to set goals as well as discover options.

What hours would I have to go to school?

If you are accepted, students take classroom instruction from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday – Friday. Program starts in  September and ends in July.

Is there any work experience?

Yes! After you complete the 10 months of classroom training, you have a 6 week practicum. Practicums have included work with government, banks, credit unions, businesses and community organizations. Program staff aim to have positions available at the end of each practicum.

How much does it cost?

Books and computers are all included in the training. Participants are required to work with the Funding Officer at the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD) to secure funding for tuition and living costs.

Who can take this training?

  • Women of Indigenous ancestry who are 18 years and over
  • Senior 4 (Grade 12)  Math or equivalency (GED)
  • Senior 4 (Grade 12) English Language or equivalency (GED)
  • Successful completion of Reading and Math Level Placement Assessment.

Are students successful?

IOAA 2016-2017 Statistics    

Graduation Rate (19/22) = 86%

Secured Employment from work placement – (9/19) = 47%

Funder:  Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD)

How do I apply?

Dianne Barron Team Lead of Employment and Training Programs
Phone: (204) 953-5820 ext. 315

You may also apply at the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resources at 403 – 181 Higgins Avenue, phone 204 – 989 – 7110.