It’s back to school time in Powell River and not just for the kids. With Fall just around the corner, it’s also a time when we grown-ups may be dreaming of sharpening our pencils and minds too. But what to do? What’s new? At Career Link we’ve been reviewing local opportunities for learning and seeing how these can work themselves into new career directions. Here’s a sampling of some courses and related job postings to get your motors running.
Traffic Control Persons/Flaggers are in demand. Take the course at home: http://www.viu.ca/ccs/courses/firstaidandsafety.asp#worksafe
Serious about WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) training? The WHMIS 101 course meets your company or personal education needs and meets the legal requirements of WCB/WHMIS legislation. http://www.pr.viu.ca/onthejob/WHMIS.asp
Lots of job postings for Cooks in town: http://prpeak.com/classifieds/employment/
Get your FOODSAFE online, in person through Donna (the next session is September 25, 2011 8:15 AM- 4:00 PM at Seventh Day Adventist Church: 4880 Manson Ave. Powell River, BC Contact 604.487.0647 or 604.487.9127) or Vancouver Island University has a Food Safety for Food handlers (equivalent to FOODSAFE 1) course.
VIU Powell River called to say spaces and student loan funding still available in several Trades programs:
- Culinary Arts (Level 1 Apprenticeships) has 7 seats still available: http://www.viu.ca/culinary/index.asp
- Carpentry (Foundation program) has 5 seats open: http://pr.viu.ca/carpentry/index.asp
- Auto-mechanics (Foundation) has 5 seats open: http://pr.viu.ca/automotive/index.asp
- Hairdressing (Apprenticeship) has 2 seats open: http://pr.viu.ca/hairdressing/index.asp
Current First Aid certification is always valued by Employers, St.John Ambulance released their new 2011/2012 calendar.
Want to work as a lifeguard or in Aquatics? The Rec Complex has you covered, call 604.485.2891.
According to the annual Robert Half global financial employment monitor, 67% of respondents said it is either very or somewhat challenging to find skilled accounting and finance professionals for certain jobs. Train for this industry at VIU starting with a bookkeeping course http://www.pr.viu.ca/bookkeeping/index.asp and then take the Simply Accounting for Windows course there too. Two local finance sector jobs: http://www.powellriver.ca/siteengine/activepage.asp?PageID=52 and http://jobview.monster.com/Coordinator-Financial-Services-Powell-River-Sea-to-Sky-Sunshine-Coast-Job-Powell-River-BC-CA-100016021.aspx
Aquaculture Technicians are in demand at our local hatcheries and shellfish leases. So far in 2011, we’ve had 7 aquaculture job postings (compared to 2010 with 1 job posted by this time). Excel Career College offers the Aquaculture Technician Program and reports that to date, 100% of their graduates are working in the industry. The program’s details and upcoming Open House September 15th in Port Alberni can be found toll-free at 1.888.280.2451 or www.excelcareercollege.com
Speaking of outdoor work, there’s a 3 hour course to learn about the fun, easy and profitable venture of picking salal and mushrooms at the Rec Complex October 23rd, call 604.485.2891 to register.
Already a full-time student? Tourism Powell River seeks a Saturday Tourist Information Counsellor for the winter leading to full time work come May, 2012. More job details here http://www.careerlinkbc.com/posting.php?id=3234
Ready to explore what education or training plan could benefit your career path? Meet with a Career Link Counsellor and see where the road of education could take you. Book an appointment online http://www.careerlinkbc.com/appt.html or call 604.485.7958.