Warren Tremino is the owner of Bella Vista Upholstery services based in beautiful Sooke, BC. A master at his craft, he’s been in the industry for decades, and was the head upholsterer at a large firm in Winnipeg where he focused on commercial office furniture. When he and his wife had the opportunity to move to BC four years ago, he knew he wanted to be in business for himself, and he wanted to do it right. So Warren reached out to Worklink, where he accessed the Self-Employment Program. Here he learned how to write a solid business plan, along with sales and marketing skills. “They taught me about the sales cycle and how to approach prospective clients,” Warren recalls. Due to this acumen and determination, Warren has worked on a wide range of projects over the last four years: from a small café bench, to a large yacht (pictured here), to furniture for 450 rooms in a hotel. Warren prides himself on providing quality service with integrity; he takes the time to educate clients, allowing them to choose materials that are durable, but not unnecessarily costly. “Making my customers happy brings me so much satisfaction,” he relates, “and I couldn’t have done that without the tools I learned through WorkLink and the Self-Employment Program.” We’re thrilled that Warren provides this service to the island, and that we were able to be a part of his success.
I would highly recommend WorkLink to anyone looking for a new job,restart your career or anything. The Workshops give you infinite knowledge and the instructors and social workers do a phenomenal job. They are your own cheering squad.
Tammi Meikle, Finance Professional and WorkLink Particpant
My job search was very frustrating. I’d never had to do a resume in my life. A friend told me about WorkBC; he’d gotten a good job in construction through them. Worklink helped me tremendously. They laid the groundwork for me to get this job through the job development service. I started out as a dishwasher, and now I’m the kitchen manger. I take care of HR issues, ordering, costing and production. I’m so happy because now I feel needed, wanted and appreciated for my skills. It’s re-awoken a passion and drive I’d forgotten I had.
Terry Soderman, past Supported Employment Client
The best things in life come after a little struggle.
Sarah is a single mom with two young children ages 1 and 3. She knew she wanted the best for her young family, but didn’t know how to get the training and experience she needed. “I was feeling so stuck,” Sarah recalled. So in January she decided to meet with a WorkLink case manager. Together they came up with a plan for how to turn her passion for helping others into a viable career in nursing. Sarah is now completing an unpaid work experience at an assisted living residence, and earning accolades from supervisors and residents alike. “She even learned bridge so there are enough players for the residents’ weekly game” her supervisor explains. Each shift she works, Sarah is more certain she’s on the right path, and plans to enter training for Health Care Attendant certification by July. With the money she earns as an HCA, she’ll be on her way towards a career in nursing. Sarah says when she meets other young mothers she can now inspire them to make a positive life change, too. Well done, Sarah, on creating a bright future for yourself and your family!
The best part of my job as a Supported Employment Program staffer is when I feel excluded and bored. My job is to assist people with barriers to employment find their place in the workforce. I had the pleasure of witnessing true inclusion when I stopped by Reg Midgley Motors last week to see how our client, Richard, was doing in his new job as a lot attendant.
Through his work search with our program, Richard told us he was open to working in a few different occupations, but one thing was clear: he wanted to work within a team, feeling valued and included. When Richard first started with Reg Midgley, he had an on-the-job coach from WorkLink come and assist with his training and orientation. After the first couple of weeks though, the team at Reg Midgley felt he was ready to be independent from our direct involvement. So today was just a chance for me to check in. When I arrived at the dealership, the manager Jim again reiterated that WorkLink’s services weren’t needed; Richard was doing well and they were happy to continue to help him learn his job. I told him I thought Richard felt like he was just “one of the guys.” “He is one of the guys,” Jim corrected. And with that I knew it was how it should be; I was on the outs, and Richard was in.