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.


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.
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 
Marion Knost, ESA Program Manager
Telephone: 250-740-6364 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 

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