NEW DATES! May 21-June 7: VIU rolls out Marine Operator Training Program Powell River

Imagine: You at the helm!
Imagine: You at the helm!

Work in the marine industry! The three-week Employment Skills Access Marine Operator Training Program kicks off at Vancouver Island University(VIU)’s Powell River campus on (new dates!) May 21, 2013, with one week of foundation training that will refresh the participant’s knowledge in communication skills, working with others (partners/ teams / leadership), computer skills, numeracy, and document use. The program ends on June 7, 2013.

The remainder of the program will focus on building awareness and receiving the necessary skills to meet the standards for gaining employment in the marine industry.
This program is being funded by the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation’s Employment Skills Access (ESA) Program (see below for details on this program).

Tuition and materials are available for participants that meet the criteria of the ESA program. Funding for this training program will be administered by Vancouver Island University (VIU).
The participants will gain knowledge and skills that meet the standards as outlined by Transport Canada to work on, and operate a commercial vessel. Upon successful completion, students will receive certificates in the following:

  • Marine Basic First Aid
  • Red Cross Certificate Med A 3
  • Transport Canada Certificate Restricted Operator
  • Transport Canada Certificate Small Vessel Operator
  • Transport Canada Certificate

There are three intakes scheduled, and there is opportunity to apply individually, or run a complete program; in Powell River, BC the NEW dates of the program are: May 21– June 7, 2013.
Eligibility
This program has been selected to assist unemployed individuals gain employment and will cover all tuition and books for students that meet the eligibility criteria of the ESA program, namely the person must be  Unemployed and  cannot be on EI or have been attached to EI in the past three years for a regular claim or past five years for a Maternity/Parental claim.
Interested in learning more?
Interested parties should contact:
Krista Convey, ESA Client Manager
Telephone: 250-740-6163 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 
Cell: 250-618-7748 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 
Email: krista.convey@viu.ca
Or
Marion Knost, ESA Program Manager
Telephone: 250-740-6364 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 
Email: marion.knost@viu.ca
View the full brochure with course list at: http://www.viu.ca/ccs/docs/Marine-Operator-Training-Program.pdf

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For more information please visit: http://www.workbc.ca/Education-Training/Programs/Pages/Employment-Programs.aspx and click on the “details” link to the left of “Employment Skills Access Initiative”.

Career Link introduces “No Job For A Woman” at PR Film Festival

Click fore more info.
Click for more info.

No Job for a Woman – film review by Susan Biagi

This film documents the lives of three female war correspondents who forever changed the way war was reported in the media.

As a former reporter, and as a career practitioner, I was fascinated by how their struggles forever freed women from the “women’s pages” of newspapers. Now, instead of reporting on purely domestic  events, female reporters were accompanying soldiers into the war zone.

As reporter Deborah Amos says in the film, “War is not about the bang bang, but about the disruption of lives.” These World War II female correspondents showed readers the effect that war had on the lives of civilians, at  a time when this was not seen as the role of a journalist.  In doing so, they forever changed the art and science of war reporting.

The film tells the story in the women’s own words, aided by historical footage and photographs. In the end, we come away with a deeper insight into war as an instrument of social damage and as a catalyst for social change.

No Job for a Woman will screen at 3:30PM on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at The Patricia Theatre. Click here for more information. Tickets $8/$6 seniors and students.

ESA Program WorkStart Essentials: Retail & Hospitality

Retail and Hospitality
Retail and Hospitality

May 7 – June 28, 2013

Employment Skills Access: WorkStart Essentials: Retail & Hospitality at the Powell River Campus of Vancouver Island University (VIU)

View full brochure here.
The Program is designed to assist unemployed individuals upgrade their essential skills, and acquire communication, thinking, problem solving, and sector specific skills for entry level employment in the Retail and Hospitality industry.
Participants will address employment barriers through support, guidance, collaboration, confidence building and affirmation of abilities rather than barriers. Program staff and instructors will emphasize individual strengths, rather than limitations. With the assistance of job coaching and mentoring, participants will work towards successful, long-term employment.

Retail
Retail

Participants will develop a personal marketing portfolio, demonstrate understanding of acceptable workplace attitudes and behaviours, and expand their knowledge of computer skills.
External credentials included in the program: Cashier Training, WorldHost, Serving It Right, Occupational First Aid Level 1, and Foodsafe
Career Opportunities
Existing stores such as Wal-Mart, Superstore, Canadian Tire, Staples, London Drugs, and more continue to seek skilled employees as they address attrition consideration due to varied degrees of turn over related to retirement and employee career shifts.
Eligibility
This program has been selected to assist unemployed, or low skilled individuals gain employment and will cover all tuition and books for students that meet the eligibility criteria of the ESA program, namely the person be
 Unemployed: Cannot be on EI or attached to EI in the past three years for a regular claim or past five years for a Maternity/Parental claim.
Program Offered:
May 7 – June 28; Monday to Friday Location: – VIU’s Cowichan or Powell River Campus
How to Register
Seats are limited. Interested parties should contact:
Krista Convey, ESA Client Manager
Telephone: 250-740-6163 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 
Cell: 250-618-7748 
Email: krista.convey@viu.ca
Marion Knost, ESA Program Manager
Telephone: 250-740-6364 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 
Email: marion.knost@viu.ca

We will be closed for BC Family Day: Monday, Feb 11

Poster_Family-Day-2013
Career Link will be closed for BC Family Day, Monday Feb. 11

This year on February 11th British Columbians will celebrate our first official holiday dedicated to families – B.C. Family Day.

We all know B.C. is an incredible place to live – and setting aside a day for families to spend together is an important way we can help keep them strong. It’s also the ideal time get out and discover some of the incredible activities B.C. has to offer!

familyWhether it’s a special evening out at your favourite local bistro, a visit to your local recreation centre, art gallery or museum, a day of browsing the shops, or maybe getting outdoors and enjoying some winter sport – our province is blessed with countless opportunities to spend quality time together.

Visit BC Family Day’s website to check out some great affordable ideas for how you can spend this special day with your loved ones.


My Next Job; Click to visit our workshop calendar.
My Next Job; Click to visit our workshop calendar.

Starting bright and early on Tuesday February 12 is our new workshop series, My Next Job (Tues Feb. 12, Wed Feb. 13, Thurs Feb. 14 from 10am-3:30pm). Topics include:Creating a Leads List, Searching the Online Job Banks, Marketing Yourself to Employers, How to Shine in Interviews, Managing Your Motivation, and more. Call 604.485.7958 to reserve your spot in this FREE workshop series.

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