B.C. program to help tourism workers find year-round jobs

365jobs to address issues of job security and staff retention

The tourism industry is characterized by seasonal work that doesn't provide much security for employees.

365jobs, a new pilot program in British Columbia, hopes to change that by matching seasonal workers with small businesses to find long-term opportunities.

The program, which is funded by the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Agreement and runs until Oct. 31, 2010, will help workers rotate between summer and winter positions.

Jobseekers and employers, with fewer than 50 employees, can register for free online and 365jobs staff screen seasonal workers and match them with suitable employers to provide year-round employment in the tourism industry.

The program will offer effective recruitment and screening services, including the use of psychometric assessments to better match employers and workers.

A worker might want to stay within the same community in the summer and winter, so the program will look for two employers in the same area to create year-round employment.

On the flip side, a worker might want to work in different parts of the province in the different seasons and the program can also help them do that.

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