Powell River has an Apprentice Advisor to guide you through your apprenticeship journey

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ITA Apprenticeship Advisor, Shannon Hanson

The Sunshine Coast Region and Sea to Sky region has a new Apprenticeship Advisor, Shannon Hanson. Shannon’s main office location is at North Vancouver at the NSMA Office, 211 – 260 West Esplanade, North Vancouver, BC, V7M 3G7. She can be reached at 604.971.1599 or by emailing her at shanson@itabc.ca

Part of her role is to provide support and guidance on elements of apprenticeship.  Shannon is encouraging apprentices, candidates who are working in a trade field but wish to acquire trade certification or candidates who are interested in pursuing a career in the trades to contact her when there are questions. A scheduled appointment can also be arranged.

Why would you choose to contact or schedule an appointment with an Apprenticeship Advisor?

An apprenticeship is all about learning and training so that you gain the skills you need to excel in your chosen profession. Completion of an apprenticeship has several components to acquiring a trade certification. To understand all of these apprenticeship components you need to feel confident in what you are deciding. An Apprenticeship Advisor can help you understand these various apprenticeship components.

Or drop in at Powell River Vancouver Island University located at 7085 Nootka Street:

  • Wed, July 22nd from 9am – 12pm
  • Wed, August 26 from 9am to 12pm
  • Wed, September 23 from 9am to 12pm
  • Wed, October 28, 2015  (times TBA)
  • Wed, November 25, 2015   (times TBA)
  • Wed, December 16, 2015   (times TBA)
  • Wed, January 27, 2016      (times TBA)

You may wish information on:

  1. What you have completed in your apprenticeship – i.e. recorded work-based hours in Direct Access.
  2. Resources which are available to help you prepare for the Red Seal or certification exam.
  3. Starting training when you have no marketable skills to acquire employment or an apprenticeship in a trade profession.
  4. How you acquire trade certification if you have worked in a trade profession for several years but have not acquired a Certificate of Qualification for that trade.
  5. The requirements to achieve a trade certification in specific program area.
  6. The transfer credit of technical training and/or work-based hours to registration in another trade.
  7. Government grants or tax credits to assist in covering the cost of your apprenticeship training.
  8. Financial supports which may be available for in-school technical training.
  9. What steps should be taken if I no longer have a sponsor to complete all of my work-based hours.

Contact Shannon by phoning her office phone at 604.971.1599 or contact her via email at shanson@itabc.ca

Tuition Free* Land-based aquaculture systems 1 Time only Pilot Project for Powell River

POWELL RIVER – Fifteen local people will be trained in land-based aquaculture systems, fulfilling the need for workers in this industry, thanks to more than $362,000 in government Community and Employer Partnership funding to Excel Career College.

The trainees will get work experience, learning to be Recirculation Aquaculture Systems (RAS) facilities technicians, farming salmon and trout. These technicians work on inland fish farms and hatcheries and help with the operation of the aquaculture system, including feeding and caring for the stocks, water sampling and testing. They also maintain the pump and filtration systems that keep the fish healthy.

During the 36-week project, which has just begun, participants will get 24 weeks of classroom training learning First Aid, computer programs, forklift operation and hatchery operations. There will also be two weeks of on-the-job work experience with industry employers and a minimum of four weeks of follow-up support to help them find work in the aquaculture industry. The project is slated to wrap up in January 2016 when the trainees will have earned a diploma in Recirculation Aquaculture Systems (RAS).

The local WorkBC Employment Services Centre is recruiting eligible participants for the project and the trainees will be receiving Project-Based Labour Market Training. This training helps groups of people with on- or off-the-job employment training and is a component of Community and Employer Partnerships, which were introduced in April 2012 as part of the Employment Program of BC.

To date, more than 700 job seekers have benefited from work experience and more than 150 projects have been funded throughout the province.

By 2022, B.C. is expecting one million job openings with more than two-thirds driven by retirements in an aging population. One year ago, government created the B.C. Skills for Jobs Blueprint to ensure more British Columbians have the skills they need to be first in line for in-demand jobs in B.C.’s diverse, strong and growing economy.

The Community and Employer Partnerships program is featured in B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint and provides more support to people who are struggling to gain a foothold in the job market. It helps build stronger partnerships with industry and labour to connect British Columbians with classroom and on-the-job training, while making it easier for employers to hire the skilled workers they need – when and where they need them.

Quotes:

Michelle Stilwell, Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation –

“Aquaculture is an important part of B.C.’s diverse and growing economy. The individuals who participate in this training project will receive the skills and certification needed to join this expanding industry, secure a good job and a better future. This is good news all around for Powell River, the trainees and the industry.”

Norm Letnick, Minister of Agriculture –

“It’s terrific that we’re going to have 15 well-trained workers who will be ready to work when they finish their Recirculation Aquaculture Systems (RAS) training. This will definitely benefit B.C.’s environmentally and economically sustainable aquaculture industry.”

Pauline Stevenson, president, Excel Career College –

“This project provides hands-on, practical training for people seeking employment in the exciting industry of Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS). The project supports not only the participants, but also the community of Powell River, as it broadens its economic base through this burgeoning industry. It provides program participants with the necessary skills, knowledge and confidence needed for employment. This is training to meet excellent employment prospects in an industry of projected long-term growth.”

Quick Facts:

  • Aquaculture is the farming of finfish, shellfish and aquatic plants in both freshwater and saltwater environments.
  • In 2013, the B.C. aquaculture sector produced 90,400 tonnes of fish and shellfish and generated $510.3 million in farmgate value.
  • British Columbia is the fourth largest producer of cultured salmon in the world after Norway, Chile, and the United Kingdom.
  • In 2015-16, the ministry has committed to investing $331 million in employment and labour market programs under the Employment Program of BC.
  • The Employment Program of BC is funded by the Province of British Columbia as well as the Government of Canada through the Labour Market Development Agreement.
  • Funding supports84WorkBC Employment Services Centres throughout the province and the four components of the Community and Employer Partnerships fund:
    • Job Creation Partnerships
    • Labour Market Partnerships
    • Project-Based Labour Market Training
    • Research and Innovation

Who is eligible?

  • Businesses
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Municipalities, agencies or territorial governments
  • Bands/tribal councils
  • Public health and educational institutions

Learn More:

For more information on Community and Employer Partnerships: www.workbc.ca/CEP

For more information on Excel Career College: www.excelcareercollege.com

Find a local WorkBC Employment Services Centre: www.workbccentres.ca

Learn more about the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation: www.gov.bc.ca/sdsi

For more information on B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint: www.workbc.ca/skills

To find out more about the BC Jobs Plan: www.engage.gov.bc.ca/bcjobsplan/

Media Contacts:

Grant Kerr
Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation
250 387-5635

New Program for Single Parents on Income or Disability Assistance

bc_singleparentAre you a single parent on income or disability assistance?

More info: http://www.sdsi.gov.bc.ca/programs/spei.html#08


Effective September 1, 2015, the following changes will be made to existing income assistance policy and employment programming to support single parents on income and disability assistance find and secure long-term sustainable employment.

  • Expansion to the current Employment Program of BC (EPBC) to allow single parents on assistance to access additional services and supports through WorkBC Employment Service Centres, such as paid work experience placements or up to 12 months of funded training.
    • If a single parent is assessed as needing training in order to gain employment in one of today’s in-demand occupations, they will be able to continue receiving income assistance for up to 12 months while participating in an approved training program.
  • Single parents may be eligible for additional child care and transportation supports while participating in EPBC.
  • Once employed, single parents that are eligible for the child care subsidy may also have access to additional child care supports for up to one year.

Additionally, effective September 1, 2015, all families on assistance will receive an increased earnings exemption and have access to transitional health supplements for up to 12 months after leaving assistance for employment.

View the Government of B.C. news release for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who is eligible?
  2. How does someone access the program?
  3. What will be covered?
  4. Is there a tuition cap if participating in training?
  5. What if someone is exempt from employment obligations?
  6. What service options will be available through WorkBC?
  7. If someone has prior training or a degree, will they still qualify for the program?
  8. What training programs will be offered?
  9. Can someone take the first year of a 4 year degree program then go to student financial assistance for years 2, 3, and 4?

BC 2022 Labour Market Outlook (2 MB pdf file)

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Drop by Career Link or call us (604.485.7958) to set up an appointment with a Career Counsellor to set up a plan of action! Visit our site for more services www.careerlinkbc.com

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Job Options ‘Drop-In’ Info-Session on Thurs. July 2 @ 11Am-Noon at Career Link

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Program Overview

Starting July 6th Career Link will run another Job Options program. It will consist of 6 weeks of workshops on career planning, life skills and job readiness. This program will help participants to develop career goals, understand the labour market and learn how to conduct an effective job search. Participation in Job Options also teaches accountability and increases motivation.

 

Following the in-class learning segment of the program, participants will complete 4 weeks of work placements and receive continued job-search guidance.

This is a fully funded program which provides a training stipend of up to $1000/month while attending workshops, travel allowances, work clothing or equipment, and food.

Training
Participants will also receive short-term certificate training such as:

  • Food Safe
  • WHMIS
  • First Aid
  • World Host
  • Serving it Right
  • Additional trades or industry specific training
  • Additional safety training

Eligibility

Eligible participants should be unemployed or underemployed (fewer than 20 hours/week), 18 years of age or older and not eligible for EI.

Employers who are looking for staff will find that there are many benefits to hiring Job Options participants. Program participants will have recently completed a range of training and will be well prepared for new working environments. Also, employers can cut down on expenses by taking advantage of wage subsidy, or temporary volunteer work placements. Anyone interested in applying to Job Options or hiring a program participant can contact the program coordinator, Nicole Townsend, at Nicole@careerlinkbc.com or by phone at 604.485.7958

CANCELLED: FREE Career Building Event on Thursday, June 25th at 2PM-4PM

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For a Better Life’s Work – A career building event. The Powell River Public Library, Career Link and Vancouver Island University are presenting resources and ideas to help you build a solid future. Thursday, June 25 from 2-4 pm at the United Church, 6932 Crofton Street. To Register email Mark at mmerlino(at)powellriverlibrary.ca or call 604-485-8664.

Powell River has a new Apprentice Advisor

The Sunshine Coast Region and Sea to Sky region has a new Apprenticeship Advisor, Shannon Hanson. Shannon’s main office location is at North Vancouver at the NSMA Office, 211 – 260 West Esplanade, North Vancouver, BC, V7M 3G7. She can be reached at 604.971.1599 or by emailing her at shanson@itabc.ca

Part of her role is to provide support and guidance on elements of apprenticeship.  Shannon is encouraging apprentices, candidates who are working in a trade field but wish to acquire trade certification or candidates who are interested in pursuing a career in the trades to contact him when there are questions. A scheduled appointment can also be arranged.

Why would you choose to contact or schedule an appointment with an Apprenticeship Advisor?

An apprenticeship is all about learning and training so that you gain the skills you need to excel in your chosen profession. Completion of an apprenticeship has several components to acquiring a trade certification. To understand all of these apprenticeship components you need to feel confident in what you are deciding. An Apprenticeship Advisor can help you understand these various apprenticeship components.

Drop in at Powell River Vancouver Island University located at 7085 Nootka Street:

  • Friday, June 26th   from 10am to 2pm
  • Wed, July 22nd from 9am to 12pm

 You may wish information on:

  1. What you have completed in your apprenticeship – i.e. recorded work-based hours in Direct Access.
  2. Resources which are available to help you prepare for the Red Seal or certification exam.
  3. Starting training when you have no marketable skills to acquire employment or an apprenticeship in a trade profession.
  4. How you acquire trade certification if you have worked in a trade profession for several years but have not acquired a Certificate of Qualification for that trade.
  5. The requirements to achieve a trade certification in specific program area.
  6. The transfer credit of technical training and/or work-based hours to registration in another trade.
  7. Government grants or tax credits to assist in covering the cost of your apprenticeship training.
  8. Financial supports which may be available for in-school technical training.
  9. What steps should be taken if I no longer have a sponsor to complete all of my work-based hours.

How do I contact the North Shore – Sunshine Coast/Sea to Sky Apprenticeship Advisor?

Contact Shannon by phoning her office phone at 604.971.1599 or contact her via email at shanson@itabc.ca

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