Canada-BC Partnership to Prepare British Columbians for Jobs Starts with Training at Vancouver Community College

Up to 80 Lower Mainland residents are receiving the training they need for jobs in their communities, thanks to the federal-provincial partnership under the Canada-B.C. Job Fund Agreement.

Approximately $583,000 has been allocated to Vancouver Community College (VCC) to deliver the following three programs:

  • Up to 32 female, youth and immigrant students will be trained in the Entry to Hospitality Careers for Women program. Funding of $202,783 has been allocated to train participants for employment as food-counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations. Training began in October and ends in April.

  • The Office Assistant Training program is preparing up to 32 students for employment as administrative assistants, medical administrative assistants or administrative officers. Funding of $292,635 has been allocated for training that began in October and ends March 31.

  • Up to 16 students will participate in the Building Service Worker training program. Funding of $87,888 will be allocated to prepare participants for employment as janitors, caretakers, building superintendents, and as light-duty cleaners. The program is designed for youth and immigrants. Training begins in March and ends in June. screen-shot-2017-01-11-at-11-33-39-am

These training projects are part of an investment of more than $12 million for 49 training projects benefiting about 2,000 British Columbians throughout the province, thanks to funding provided through the Canada-B.C. Job Fund Agreement under the Employer-Sponsored Training stream.

The skills training projects support B.C.’s regional labour-market demands and provide opportunities to youth, women, Aboriginal people, immigrants and other eligible participants to receive training, as well as industry-recognized certificates or credentials.

Through the Canada Job Fund, the Government of Canada provides $500 million annually to the provinces and territories for investments in skills training. Under the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund Agreement, the province receives a total of $65 million per year – its per-capita share of the available funding.

The Canada-B.C. Job Fund helps ensure training programs give individuals the skills to enter and succeed in the job market. The Employer-Sponsored Training stream provides funding for project-based, time-limited, employer-driven training that leads to a job at the end of training. This includes targeted projects delivered by Aboriginal service providers, post-secondary institutions, industry associations, community groups, and private trainers that meet regional labour market needs. Employers also provide either financial or in-kind contributions to support the training.

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