Since 2017, Our WorkPlace has been supporting people experiencing barriers to employment to successfully return to the work force.
We work with people who live with any type of barrier including: homelessness, substance misuse, physical or mental health concerns and survivors of trauma.
People in Progress
Our WorkPlace is excited to be apart of a new Community and Employer Partnership project from the Government of British Columbia to deliver essential employability and occupational skills training over four intakes of People in Program.
͞This new CEP project is a wonderful opportunity for individuals to sharpen their skills and gain confidence to help them get back into the workplace,͟ said Nicholas Simons, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. ͞A well-paying job can make a significant positive difference in an individual͛s life.͟
Participants will receive six weeks of essential employability and occupational skills, four weeks of on-the-job work experience and two weeks of followup support to help in their job search.
Skills training courses include stress management, conflict resolution, numeracy and budgeting 101, resume writing, keyboarding, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, social media management, business communications, retail business machines orientation, and essential customer service for the service industry.
Participants will also receive certification courses in Serving It Right, SuperHost and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System. When they have completed their training, participants will be qualified for customer service, cashier, retails sales, maintenance/security work, food service and kitchen-duty positions.
If you are interested in the program, please contact Our WorkPlace, 778-817-0354 or 250-981-0938 (texts are OK).
For the Employer – Our WorkPlace Employment Program
Returning to the workforce after a long absence can be a struggle at best, but when you have also suffered from homelessness or addiction, the hurdles can seem unsurmountable.
At Our WorkPlace, we want to change that. And to do so, we need your help.
We are actively seeking industry partners who are interested in increasing the diversity of their workforce while supporting ̶̶ with our help ̶̶̶ people with barriers in putting their skills and abilities to work.
Success in the program is defined in several ways. For many of our participants, it is finding employment and for others it’s settling into a volunteer role.
The program is designed to be non-academic and have high levels of participation while using the five senses. Individuals will be actively seeking work, or in some cases may choose to continue their learning in more specific work programs.
For those seeking work, we have a job coach to support participants both in finding a job and keeping it. We work actively with employers and new employees for as long as required to ensure the fit is right and job performance meets the expectation of the work.
We welcome the opportunity to meet you to discuss the program and explore ways for you to participate in getting people back into work.