Tree Planting in 2017



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B.C. spends $150M to plant millions of trees, create 3,000 rural jobs

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – British Columbia is spending $150 million to plant tens of millions of trees, which it says will help fight climate change and create over 3,000 jobs in rural parts of the province.

Premier Christy Clark says the funding will go to the Forest Enhancement Society of B.C.  (check out their faq‘s) to advance environmental stewardship and focus on reforestation initiatives throughout the province.

She says the new trees are one plank in the province’s plan to fight climate change and over the next 10 years her government will invest $800 million in B.C.’s forests and create 20,000 jobs.

Clark says her government will also seek innovative ideas to help it meet its climate goals, but the most basic solution is Mother Nature’s solution, which is sequestering carbon in forests.

The province’s Climate Action Plan drew criticism from environmentalists last year who said planting trees would not pay off for decades, as forests need to be mature in order to capture significant amounts of carbon.

The Forest Enhancement Society is an arms-length organization created by the B.C. government that supports projects that aim to mitigate wildfires and rehabilitate damaged or low value forests.

Clark says the province is also working to open up new markets for B.C. lumber in China and India, which she says will help insulate the province from events like a softwood lumber dispute with the U.S.

She says currently high value lumber goes to the U.S. and low value lumber goes to Asia, but she wants more valuable wood going to India and China as well as to increase the overall amount shipped to those countries.

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Looking for a job planting trees? Work as a cook? A foreman or supervisor? You have come to the right place. These are some of the companies that are hiring and the “Corporate Bios” they have provided.


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 considered poor. Youth unemployment is greatest in developing countries but in first world countries such as Canada, younger workers under 25 years old are also:

  • often unemployed for at least six months of the year
  • taking jobs for which they’re way overqualified, and
  • increasingly working on temporary contracts or positions (not stable employment)

Why should you care?

The ILO is sounding the alarm now because they’ve found that members of the under 25 generation are worse off than the same age group 20 years ago—we’re going backwards! If this is affecting a whole generation, this can’t be anything but bad news for the world economy in general, right? See more on this in an interview with the UN Youth Envoy Ahmad Alhendawi here.

If you’re part of this younger generation, you likely won’t find any of this all that surprising. For example, taking a look at some of the numbers for Powell River, a School District 47 survey of Grade 12 students shows a fairly dramatic decrease in satisfaction that school is preparing them for work. In 2009/10, 54% of students were satisfied, plunging down to 26% satisfaction in 2013/14, according to Powell River’s 2015 Vital Signs Report. So not so optimistic, then.

To raise awareness of the youth unemployment crisis, last year the UN declared July 15th World Youth Skills Day. (Resources, videos, and handouts to help celebrate and motivate change are available here.) The ILO and its 187 member states (including Canada) are also recommending five policies to governments, including promoting:

  1. job creation policies
  2. job-related education and training
  3. help for disadvantaged youth
  4. entrepreneurship and self-employment
  5. labour rights and equal treatment for youth

What can we do locally?

In Powell River, one bright spot appears to be in trades training, where just under half of the enrolled students found local jobs in 2014. Programs are offered locally by SD47 and Vancouver Island University in welding, carpentry, automotive repair, culinary arts, and hairdressing.

If you’re under 29, you might also qualify to get help from provincial training and work experience programs—there’s a list on the BC Centre for Employment Excellence here.

Federal government programs for youth apprenticeships, careers, and education are listed here.

And, of course, Career Link is always here for you with help and advice.

Of the youth that I know personally in Powell River and the Lower Mainland, I wouldn’t say that most of them are all that pessimistic (or doing that badly employment-wise). But then those under 25’s that I know are not that large a sample! What’s been your experience? Leave a comment below—we’d like to hear from you.

Water Cooler May 2016: The Millennial Generation; Changing the way we look at work

by Melany Hallam

millennialsCelebrating BC Youth Week (May 1-7, 2016)

Question: As a youth (or former youth!), do/did you have the opportunity to contribute to decisions affecting you at work?


When I started at my first real job, I worked for the paycheque. Every shift at the local library, I did what my boss told me to do and then I went home and didn’t think about work until my next shift. I was 16 and excited to be making my own money. It didn’t occur to me that I could have some kind of influence over what my work place or job description might look like. And I gave nary a thought to how my first venture into the work world would affect my future career.

Things have changed fairly drastically for young people starting out in the workplace these days. According to a recent study by University of North Carolina’s (UNC) Kenan-Flagler Business School, millennials are looking for careers with an opportunity for personal growth and “meaningful work” rather than higher pay. Millennials (also known as Generation Y) make up about 36% of the work force now and will comprise 46% by 2020, according to UNC study estimates, so employers take heed!

Here are some ways that today’s younger generation is looking to contribute to their workplaces and communities, as well as ways they are looking to benefit from their jobs:

  1. A real, valued role. They want to know that their work has an impact on the company that they work for, giving them a sense of purpose. This can also provide the employer with workers who are committed to the company’s vision.
  1. Service to the community. A study by the Pew Research Center in 2010 found that millennials feel it’s more important to help people in need (21%) than have a high-paying career (15%). And they want to be able to carry out some of that community service through their employer. If they participate in a fundraiser for the food bank or work on a community trail, being encouraged to do so by their company helps them feel good about that company.
  1. Encouragement and feedback. Millennials need real-time feedback rather than traditional performance reviews. This could be viewed as overly indulgent by some, but as a practical management tool, doesn’t it make more sense to use small nudges every day rather than attempt a huge about-face after six months or a year?
  1. Flexible schedule for work-life balance. The millennial generation is the first generation to grow up with the internet – they’re always plugged in and have never known anything else. Technology allows them to work from anywhere, so why be at the office for seemingly random set hours every day? Many millennials are perfectly willing to sacrifice some pay for more vacation time and the ability to telecommute. For employers, this is one of the most important factors to retaining millennial employees.
  1. Opportunities for development and advancement. The most important factor for 65% of millennials is personal development in their current job, according to the UNC study. They want to build their skills and make visible progress in their careers.
  1. Personal projects and entrepreneurship. Some larger companies like Google and 3M regularly have teams of employees work on anything they want as a special project. Encouraging initiative and creativity means more job satisfaction and engagement for millennial employees – and greater innovation for the company.

Yes, the work world it is a-changin’ and I’m looking forward to seeing the long-term results.


Fun fact: The good news for Canadian millennials is that you’re doing better than the Americans! A 2015 TD Bank survey called “Canadian and US Millennials: One of These Is Not Like the Other” found that Canadians aged 25-34 are more likely to have jobs – nearly 80% are employed, compared to less than 75% of Americans.



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 institution.
To earn your “ticket” as a certified tradesperson in B.C., you must:

  • complete the required on-the-job hours and the in-school training
  • pass the examinations
  • earn the recommendation of your sponsoring employer.

Trades training in B.C. gets high marks from participants. In a 2014 survey of apprenticeship students, 96 percent said that the quality of instruction was good, very good or adequate.
Find out more about training for a career in trades.

  • Programs for Youth – Get a head start on your training. Check out Youth Programs that give you the chance to try out different trades while you’re still in high school.

From the website

Upskilling Opportunities


gerund or present participle: upskilling
  1. teach (an employee) additional skills.
    “this is an opportunity to upskill staff and expand their capabilities”
    • (of an employee) learn additional skills.
      “they will provide grants of up to 75% for staff who decide to upskill”


Canada-B.C. Jobs Grant to provide $7 million for “upskilling”
by JOC DIGITAL MEDIA Apr 25, 2016

Read the FAQ

The governments of British Columbia and Canada announced on April 22 that $7 million will be available under the Canada-B.C. Job Grant to assist businesses in providing skills training to employees.
Canada-B.C. Jobs Grant to provide $7 million for “upskilling”.
Construction has been targeted as a ‘high priority’ industry, along with the technology and green economy sectors. Priority sectors will receive $5 million of the funding, with $1 million allocated for employers to train and hire under-represented individuals in the B.C. workforce, including Aboriginal people, those with disabilities, and youth. Organizations working with employers interested in hiring and training refugees will receive the remaining $1 million.

The Canada-B.C. Job Grant is a cost-sharing partnership between the federal and provincial governments as well as employers. The program is employer-driven, with governments providing two-thirds of the total training cost for an employee up to $10,000 per person to offset the cost of training, with the employer contributing one-third of the cost of training.

Information on eligibility criteria and application process is available on WorkBC’s website at: Funding covers tuition and training fees, mandatory student fees, textbooks, software and other required training materials, and examination fees.

Employers will be able to apply for funding as of April 22 for skills training with start dates from April 22 to Sept. 30, 2016.

“Our economy is expected to lead the country in economic growth over the next two years. This funding will go a long way to help businesses provide their employees with the skills training they need so that we have the workforce to keep our economy diverse, strong and growing,” B.C. premier Christy Clark said.

A NEW guide for parents of teens who are planning their work future

Pick up your copy at Career Link or download a pdf copy at

The Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Ministry of Education have developed a guide for parents of teens who are planning their future in the labour market.

The WorkBC Parents’ Guide is being shipped out to WorkBC Employment Services Centre’s (ESCs) this week. It includes information on programs, strategies, services, labour market trends, and a range of resources to help parents support their child’s career planning.

The guide has been updated with new labour market information to support youth in exploring career and educational pathways. The guide is full of practical ideas and resources for investigating careers and making decisions and covers a range of vital topics including:

  • how you can help teens to find a direction and a passion
  • the labour market today and tomorrow
  • allies who can help you
  • essential skills and learning paths
  • how to finance post-secondary education and training

The guide, funded by the Ministries of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training (JTST) and Education (EDUC), is a result of the collaboration of several ministries including JTST, EDUC, Advanced Education and Social Development and Social Innovation. Approximately 50,000 copies of the guide have been distributed to all WorkBC ESCs, First Nations training and employment centres, BC’s public, independent, and First Nations secondary schools, and public libraries.

Electronic copies of the Parents’ guide are now available at Guide, ,the homepage and in a news release.

We encourage you to drop by Career Link and pick one up!

New to town? Here are some tips

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New to town? Welcome!

Here are some links to info you might find interesting in regard to finding employment:

  • First of all, if you are not working or in school, OR if you are working fewer than 20 hours per week, we highly recommend booking an appointment with a Career Link Career Counsellor– drop by or call us at 604.485.7958 to determine your eligibility and to find a time that works for you. This is the best way to find out about local jobs, who is hiring or likely to hire, training, higher education, Wage Subsidy and apprenticeship possibilities, local resources, and recommendations on your current resume (if you have one, please bring it in on your first visit with a counsellor).
  • The drop-in Career Lab (open 8:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday) contains our job board, newspapers and training/community boards, photocopier/scanner/fax/phone/printer and computers you can use for job search. There is help at hand from our crack team of Career Lab Advisors (Rob, Giovanni or Shelley depending on the day and time of day of your visit). Advisors are there to help you navigate technical problems, review your resume or cover letters with you, and to provide additional information and tips to help you land that job! The Career Lab offers free coffee, tea and snacks as well.
  • Our own site has lots of info; our blog is and our Facebook page — all very active with regional and local news and job postings. You can sign up to receive daily “Job Alerts” from Career Link via email! Click here. You will receive 2 emails once you sign up to confirm your subscription. If you do not receive these, please check your SPAM filter.
  • Note that our Facebook page and on-site bulletin board at our location will display many more jobs than the job alerts (which contain only jobs that employers specifically ask us to post for them).
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Powell River Living (general info) Magazine (back issues available online)
  • City of Powell River (jobs with the City here) list of businesses here. Business Licencing.
  • The Powell River Regional District (jobs with them here)
  • New site on investing/living in Powell River Powell River Peak newspaper (job listings here and here)
  • Powell River’s “Vital Signs” report 2015
  • Some of our larger single employers in town are inclusion Powell River, Catalyst paper, Vancouver Coastal Health and School District 47, and The PREP Society (of which Career Link is a part); plus the larger retail and food service outlets (Safeway, Walmart, Tim Hortons, McDonald’s, Quality Foods, Save on Foods, Shoppers Drug Mart, Staples), and quite a few more assisted living organizations. If you drop by Career Link we can print out a list of them.

Again, employment counsellors are able to meet with you only when you are residing here, but anyone is welcome to use our info services ion our self-help lab. There are many community services available to you as well, via this great new website



Hope this helps-


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