RICHMOND— Job seekers in Richmond are among the more than 5,500 British Columbians receiving the training they need for employment in their communities, thanks to an investment of nearly $36 million from the federal and provincial governments under the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund.

Contracts with 63 service providers to deliver targeted skills training programs across B.C. have been finalized. The programs offered in Metro Vancouver to participants in a variety of communities including Richmond include:

  • Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society: $377,500 for the Workplace Integration for Mature Immigrants in Metro-Vancouver program. It provides facilitated group-based job readiness training to immigrants aged 45 years and older (30 hrs/wk), as well as short-term certificate training and educational upgrading.
  • YMCA of Greater Vancouver:
    • $279,972 for the YMCA Experience Works Vancouver program. It provides facilitated group-based job readiness training for Older Workers (30 hours/week) including basic computer training, short term certificate training and other courses and supports.
    • $279,946 for the YMCA Youth BEAT program. It provides specialized supports for youth with mental health challenges to breakthrough to employment and training to get the confidence, skills and experience needed to secure and maintain employment.
  • S.U.C.C.E.S.S.: $320,996 for the Youth Business Innovative Idea Startups Program in Metro Vancouver. It provides personalized support to youth to develop and pursue self-employment or entrepreneurship goals through targeted training workshops and supports.
  • DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society: $329,001 for the DIVERSEcity Employment Program for Immigrant Youth in Surrey & Area. It provides first and second generation immigrant youth with employment services including essential skills, entrepreneurial, trades and specific training targeted to high demand occupations each year.
  • Vancouver Community College: $303,706 for the Introduction to Culinary Skills program. It is designed to enhance the skills, knowledge and employability of participants to secure entry-level jobs as cooks, prep/line cooks or kitchen helpers in the hospitality and restaurant sector.

“These training opportunities and personal supports will get job seekers on the path to successful employment,” says Linda Reid, MLA for Richmond East. “Thank you to the service providers who are helping people in Richmond secure good, family-supporting jobs.”

“With nearly one million job openings coming available by 2024 due to retirements and economic growth, these investments in skills training are critical to keep our economy growing,” says Teresa Wat, MLA for Richmond Centre. “I wish all job seekers well as they pursue these exciting opportunities.”

“These programs will put British Columbians first in line for the jobs of tomorrow, and help the Province meet the needs of a rapidly-changing labour market,” says John Yap, MLA for Richmond-Steveston. “Job seekers can expect to learn how to prepare for entry into, or return to, sustainable employment.”

Some of these programs are delivered in partnership with the Industry Training Authority and the Ministry of Advanced Education. The goal of the training is to help unemployed British Columbians who face barriers to workforce participation to find sustainable employment. The programs are now underway, and the majority will continue into September 2016.

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 $65 million per year—its per capita share of the available funding.

The Canada-British Columbia Job Fund helps ensure training programs give individuals the skills to enter and succeed in the job market. The goal of the Employment Services and Supports stream is to increase the labour market participation of unemployed British Columbians who are not eligible for Employment Insurance programming and services.

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