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Our Purpose

In 1990, The Association of Service Providers for Employability and Career Training (ASPECT) formed to represent the community-based training agencies in British Columbia and ensure people who needed employability skills and career support would have local access to training.

The purpose of ASPECT is to:

Advance the opportunities of people to achieve and maintain employment and self-employment that is both meaningful and rewarding to them and facilitate attainment of such employment. In furtherance of the above purposes, and not by way of limitation,

  • To assist in education and training of persons and organizations engaged in employment related training and employability services and programs that is responsive to community needs;
  • To make representations to government to advocate for changes to laws and policies relating to employability services;
  • To organize and implement educational and professional development opportunities regarding employability services;
  • To promote ethical and professional standards relating to employability services;
  • To promote public awareness of issues relating to training and employability;
  • To conduct research, surveys and consultation processes to advance and communicate knowledge with respect to training and employability issues; and
  • To ensure financial sustainability of the Society by securing funding from public and private sources in ways consistent with the purposes.

Our Work Now

ASPECT provides leadership, professional development, advocacy and representation support of community-based workforce development service providers. Our members are leading experts in the delivery of career training programs to improve chances of employability and job retention for their clients. The focus is always on making our communities sustainable by promoting and increasing the value of using local people who understand the market and can deliver the needed training and services.

Our work also focuses on capacity building for our sector and we are also proud to work with our associate members, government and other stakeholders who also work to create meaningful employment in BC and Canada. 

We are always working on innovative initiatives, like our ASPECT Summit, to continue to work towards our vision and mission. 


The Vision of ASPECT is that all people have access to quality community-based workforce development services that support their opportunity to achieve a meaningful and sustainable livelihood.


ASPECT provides leadership, education, advocacy and public awareness in support of its members who provide community-based workforce development services.


ASPECT values:

  • professional behavior and actions
  • respect and dignity for members and clients
  • honesty, openness, and accountability
  • commitment to community
  • client-centered service

ASPECT Code of Ethics

The purpose of the code of ethics is to give general statements of the principles of ethical conduct in order that members may fulfill their duty to the public. Members shall act at all times with fairness, courtesy and good faith to their clients, employers, employees, and with fidelity to the public needs. They shall uphold the values of truth, honesty and trustworthiness and safeguard human life and welfare.  In keeping with these basic tenets, members shall: 


  • Respect the rights of all clients to be individuals in all respects, as to personal tastes, moral and social values; 
  • Hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public, the protection of the environment and promote health and safety within the workplace; 
  • Act as faithful representatives of their clients or employers, maintain confidentiality and avoid a conflict of interest but, where such conflict arises, fully disclose the circumstances without delay to the appropriate entity; 
  • Refrain from discrimination for reasons of colour, gender, age, race, creed, social status, sexual orientation, or nature of mental or physical disability; 
  • Guide, counsel and develop alternatives but respect the right and the need for the client to make the final decision in all education and employment plans, and teach clients to accept responsibility for their choices and actions; and, 
  • Respect the confidential nature of the relationship with the client and protect the confidentiality of records, refuse to divulge confidential information to any person without the knowledge and consent of the client, and records only that information which is essential to the client's rehabilitation or employment. 
Download the ASPECT Code of Ethics Poster here >

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