New jobs training for smaller B.C. communities

Program provides employability skills, work experience for participants
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 09/15/2011

The B.C. government is seeking proposals to provide $4.3 million in additional funding for Job Options BC training programs that will help people find and keep employment in small, rural communities.

Job Options BC is targeted to unemployed British Columbians who are non-employment
insurance clients. The program offers up to 10 weeks of group and individual programming, including short-term training and work experience that prepares participants for new employment or further training, said the provincial government.

The program includes 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 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, said the government.

“As a government we’re working hard to protect and create jobs. That’s why we are working on a jobs plan that will help attract investment and generate job opportunities,” said Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation Pat Bell. “Programs like Job Options BC will help British Columbians secure those jobs that will be opening up as a result of economic growth and retirements.”

This year, the province, in partnership with the federal government, is investing over $15.8 million to provide Job Options BC programs in more than 50 B.C. communities.

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