Wednesday February 2, 2011
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
Job Options BC paves the road to employment with training funds
Submitted by Michelle Cooper, DIVA!
ut of work and need a hand getting back into the job market? A new $15-million employment and skills training program can help unemployed British Columbians gain the skills, confidence and experience needed to find employment.
“There are unemployed British Columbians who are determined to do anything they can to find gainful employment, and this program will give them a helping hand in getting back into the job market,” said Ida Chong, Minister of Regional Economic and Skills Development. “B.C.’s economic success depends on having a well-educated, highly skilled workforce, and Job Options BC is one more step in building the foundations for that success.”
The Province is providing $15 million each fiscal year for Job Options BC – a program that consists of four to six weeks of facilitated group work followed by an additional four to six weeks of work experience, preparing participants for new employment, or when appropriate, further training. When needed, individuals completing the program can also access up to six months of additional support to help them succeed.
“Through the Canada-B.C. Labour Market Agreement, we are helping to build a skilled, trained and capable workforce,” said the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. “Programs such as Job Options BC are vital to ensuring all Canadians have the essential skills they need to get good jobs and build better futures.”
Job Options BC builds on two successful and proven programs, the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers program and the Return to Work Employment Program pilot. Eligible participants for Job Options BC are unemployed, and not currently Employment Insurance (EI) clients.
Under the Canada/BC Labour Market Agreement (LMA), the Government of Canada is providing the Province with approximately $66 million annually until 2013-14. Through a variety of programs and services, this funding increases access to training for unemployed individuals who are not currently EI clients, including those who are underrepresented in the labour market. Funding also supports programs/services for employed individuals who are low-skilled, or who require recognized credentials to reach their full potential in the current marketplace.
If you are unemployed but not an Employment Insurance (EI) client, and you want to become employed, this program is designed to help you.
What does the program offer?
Up to 10 weeks of group and individual programming, short-term training and work experience that prepares participants for new employment, or when appropriate, further training.
Four to six weeks of group activities, including assessment, life skills, job-finding clubs and employability skills (job search, basic skills upgrading, computer training, and short term skill training). Groups usually include 10 to 12 participants.
Further skills training and/or work experience during the remainder of the program includes employer, community-based or volunteer work experience. This provides the opportunity for participants to learn skills to assist their search for paid employment.
Up to six months of follow-up support provided for those who need additional help to find and maintain employment or to regain employment if they lose a job.
Who is eligible?
To be eligible for this program, participants must be:
18 years of age or older
non-EI clients (have not established a regular EI claim in the last three years and have not established a maternity or parental claim in the past five years)
legally entitled to work in Canada
living in BC
not a student
not participating in another Labour Market Agreement (LMA) funded program
Where and when is the program offered?
Job Options BC programs are located in the following communities, and may also be accessible to residents in nearby communities. As programs start at various times between Nov 2010 and March 31, 2012, please contact the service provider directly about services.
In Chilliwack call Triangle Community Resources at 604-792-8000
In Abbotsford call Gladwin Language Centre 604-854-8160
Job Options BC is based on two highly successful programs, the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers program and the pilot Return to Work Employment Program.
The program began in November 2010 and Job Options BC programs are currently in place until March 31, 2012. The Province has the option to renew the programs, for two consecutive one year terms through to March 31, 2014, depending on the success of the program.
For more information on Job Options BC or the LMA, visit:
Related website: www.workbc.ca
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