Water Cooler for July: The 15th is World Youth Skills Day: Why does this matter?

By Melany Hallam Question: If you had the option, would you train or change jobs to work in a trade? Yes/No/Maybe/I already work in a trade Did you know that there’s a worldwide youth employment crisis? According to the United Nations’ International Labour Organization (ILO), 74.5 million youth were unemployed in 2013, and 228 million youth were... Continue Reading →

Access Trade Training Programs

To work as a certified tradesperson, you need training combined with job experience. Trades training usually takes from one to five years. Most apprenticeship programs take four years. The technical training takes place in a classroom or shop setting at a public institution such as a college or institute or at an approved private training... Continue Reading →

Tools for B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint

4 online tools delivered by B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint 1. Blueprint Builder – more than 14,000 British Columbians have registered an account. This tools brings together more than 40 government tools and resources. Track progress on your career exploration, education and training and job searches. 2. WorkBC’s Job Search tool – search thousands of open jobs... Continue Reading →

What’s up at VIU Fall 2014

As we prepare to run off to summer jobs or holidays, it's a great time to set down some education and training plans for September! This week we offer a peek at what is on offer at Vancouver Island University (VIU)'s Powell River Campus. As we are simply compiling and relaying this information, it's best to check with... Continue Reading →

Bladerunners is back!

What is Bladerunners? Bladerunners is one of the most successful youth employment programs in BC. It helps participants with multiple barriers to employment to successfully transition into the workplace. By providing essential certifications and personal guidance, Bladerunners helps to ensure participants have what it takes to get hired. This session of Bladerunners is geared towards... Continue Reading →

Seaspan set to hire new tradespeople by Fall 2014

There couldn’t be a better time to pursue a career in BC’s burgeoning shipbuilding sector. Annual revenues in the BC shipbuilding and repair industry are projected to climb from an average of $265 million (2004-2010) to more than $1.4 billion by 2018, according to BCShippingNews.  At least 2,000 new direct jobs and 2,500 indirect jobs... Continue Reading →

Spotlight on Health Care Assistant Jobs

By Maureen Latta If you like caring for others and want a career where employment demand is high, consider becoming a Health Care Assistant. Health Care Assistant workers are in steady demand in the Powell River region. In fact, the need for qualified workers has led Vancouver Island University’s Powell River campus to offer the... Continue Reading →

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