THE LATEST FROM OPEN DOOR GROUP
Taylore was a single mother who was relatively new to living on the Sunshine Coast. Her daughter was soon starting grade 1 so she wanted to search for full time employment as her current part-time income was not sustainable.
She had a number of educational achievements, including a Bachelor of Vocational Education. In addition, she had work experience. Even so, she lacked knowledge of the local labour market and a network on the Sunshine Coast. She said, “My foot had never hit the floor looking for a job. I had always been tapped on the shoulder.” After talking to people about her search for employment, she received recommendations to go to WorkBC.
Taylore’s employment goal was full-time employment in teaching, administration or IT. Her case manager at WorkBC Sechelt recommended that she participate in the Jobs in Demand cohort that was soon starting. The program would help develop her resume and skills as well as obtain industry specific training and certificates. Early into the program, she started helping the other participants. She supported them with computer use and with their resumes and cover letters. She joked to the employment facilitator, “I want your job!”
As luck would have it, there was an opening with Open Door Group (ODG) for an employment facilitator just as the JID cohort was ending. With encouragement from her case manager, the JID facilitator and the other JID participants, Taylore applied for the position. She was hired, initially on a casual contract, which became full-time within a few months. Taylore recently completed 52 week of sustainable employment at the end of December 2020.
“I’ve never believed there are no jobs out there – and I’m from Newfoundland! You just have to go out and find them. When luck meets opportunity, you have a new challenge to pursue.”
Employer Webinar Series
Register to learn about the free services that WorkBC offers employers
Vancouver City Centre and Sea to Sky WorkBC is hosting a monthly webinar for employers on the WorkBC wage subsidy program. Attend one of the sessions to learn more about WorkBC services for employers and how to specifically access the wage subsidy program.
Date: 4th Wednesday of every month
Gardengate January Update
New Gardengate Facility – Spring 2021
The Gardengate program has been working towards completion of a new facility since its groundbreaking in September 2020. The program has been operating out of a 700ft space since 2000 that is largely unusable during winter months due to lack of heat. The space expansion will allow more people to participate in the program. As well, with the new addition of a commercial kitchen, the program gives participants the opportunity to cultivate more skills such as cooking, carpentry, sales, marketing and machine maintenance.
The launch of the new facility will take place in Spring 2021!! This will include a public open house that will be by invitation and spread out over several days to comply with pandemic restrictions. Stay tuned for the official dates and times.
Winter prep for spring!
Working at Gardengate during the winter is also very busy. You will find people participating in carpentry and small machine maintenance, as well as preparing for the new season of planting!! Yes, all of that begins in January and February so that we can enjoy a bounty from spring to fall.
Gardengate plants sales will begin in May with both online purchase and in person options. In person sales will take place Saturday May 8th and 15th from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Online sales will be announced closer to May regarding the online launch.
Mike completed Open Door Group’s Job in Demand Program in the winter of 2020.
With hopes of doing a career change, Mike came to WorkBC Kamloops to do some career exploration. He worked with Colleen, his assigned case manager, who referred him to the Open Door Group Jobs in Demand Program. The program provided industry related certificates, industry specific soft and essential skills training for the workplace. In addition, the program provides a personalized plan to support career success and employability skills training such as resume and cover letter development. Upon completion of the program, Mike was successful in landing a full time position at Mustard Seed. He now works as a peer support worker in the Men’s Supported Living Program for men in recovery. Way to go Mike!
“I would recommend this program to any person looking for a career change that is unemployed but has job ready skills. The service and support from the facilitators, to the case managers, to the support staff at WorkBC was phenomenal. They have genuine care and concern for each client and set us up for success based on our own personal employment goals.”
Jackie* had a long term role in the city and had moved to a smaller town that would require a long commute. She found it challenging to find an equivalent job close to her new home. Jackie came to WorkBC Squamish looking for assistance with her job search and to explore training opportunities in a new industry. She received support and guidance in her job search strategy, from learning how to optimize her resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile to improving her interview skills. In addition, Jackie’s employment advisor helped her learn the value of the skillset she possessed that could transfer to other industries. Furthermore, she learned the value of confidence and marketing oneself. Once Jackie began her job search with a new strategy under her belt, she found greater success than she thought possible.