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ASPECT Targeted Skills Shortage Program
The Targeted Skills Shortage Pilot Program focuses on assisting low-skilled workers within businesses or non-profit organizations with less than 100 employees. Up to $1,500 per employee or $7,500 per employer is available to pay for tuition fees and purchase training services, books, manuals and other study materials. The program is expected to serve at least 1,200 low skilled employees around B.C.
The Targeted Skills Shortage Pilot Program is one of many programs funded through the Canada-B.C. Labour Market Agreement that are designed to help meet the current and future labour demands of our economy. For more information click here.
Job Options BC Program
Opportunity for unemployed non-EI
British Columbians 18 years of age or older
Job Options BC is a 10-week program with a 6-week classroom component and up to 4 weeks of work experience options, including a wage subsidy when an employer hires you. You are eligible to apply to the program if you are between 18 and 64, are a resident living in one of the communities of Colwood, Langford, Metchosin, the Highlands, Sooke or areas up to Port Renfrew. You must be unemployed, not a full-time student and non-EI eligible. A non-EI individual is one who has not established a regular Employment Insurance claim in the last three years; and, has not established a maternity or parental claim in the past five years. You will learn how to find and keep a job, and an employment counsellor will provide professional encouragement and guidance along the way.
For more information about the program and the dates for information sessions, call us or drop by at either our West Shore or Sooke locations.
Eligibility for Job Options BC:
- Unemployed, non-EI British Columbians who are Landed Immigrants or Canadian Citizens and are not attending school
- A non-EI individual is one who has not established a regular Employment Insurance (EI) claim in the last three years; and, has not established a maternity or parental claim in the past five years
- Individuals who are most likely to benefit from long term job search help, supported work experience and follow-up support services
- 4 to 6 weeks of facilitated group work followed by 4 to 6 weeks of work experience options to a maximum of 10 weeks
- Training allowances for 4 to 6 weeks of group work
- Preparation for employment, or where appropriate, further training and up to 6 months follow up support
- Opportunity to train and work with a BC employer
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Funding provided through the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Agreement
WorkLink is Seeking Members for it's Board of Directors
Are you interested in what goes on in your community? Do you have a few hours a month to commit to volunteering for an organization who has been delivering employment services to the West Shore for nearly 30 years? WorkLink is interested in talking to you. Board members meet once a month, to oversee the organization's direction and management. Each Board member commits to coming to a monthly meeting and sitting on one committee. Usually this entails about 3 or 4 hours a month in the evening. Please Contact Jennifer De Luca, the Executive Director, if you would are interested in giving back to your community in this way.