The provincial government is supporting a program for residents to get skills and training to prepare them for jobs as multicultural workers and outreach and family support workers in communities and schools.
According to a news release from the provincial government, the new Community and Employer Partnership (CEP) project is intended for immigrants.
“This is the second intake of a great project running in Surrey that’s helping people to help themselves,” said Nicholas Simons, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. “Every British Columbian has the right to employment. Providing people the skills and training they need to find and keep good-paying jobs means they’re able to provide for themselves and their families.”
The Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction is providing approximately $235,000 to Options Community Services Society in Surrey to deliver skills and certification courses in three intakes of its Multicultural Worker Training Program. Students in the first intake, which started Nov. 9, 2020, are on track to begin their work experience on Feb. 1.
Participants will receive 12 weeks of occupational, employability and life-skills training, eight weeks of on-the-job work experience and three weeks of follow-up support to assist in their job search. They will also receive certification training, including Mental Health First Aid, First Aid Training: Emergency/CPR Level C, and Crisis Prevention Institute Nonviolent Crisis Intervention.
“Our program team is working closely with WorkBC centres as we continue to manage strong interests in and referrals to the program,” said Christine Mohr, chief executive officer, Options Community Services Society. “I am proud that our team has been able to pivot to online delivery of skills training given public health restrictions in response to COVID-19. While we gear up for the second intake, participants from the first intake are excited and ready for their respective placements in a number of social services organizations for their eight-week work experience.”
Funding for this project is provided through the Project Based Labour Market Training stream of WorkBC’s CEP. CEP’s aim is to increase employment and work experience opportunities for unemployed British Columbians through leveraging local community partnerships, shared information, technology and innovative practices.Full-time, group-based classroom and online learning for the second intake of the project starts on Monday, Feb. 1. Project activities run through to June 30. Anyone interested in finding out more about this or other training opportunities can contact their local WorkBC centre.