People in Progress


People In Progress is a 12-week pre-employment series of workshops for individuals on PWD funding and are specifically designed to help you gain the skills you need to get back to work. This program is funded by the BC Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction and delivered in conjunction with WorkBC. It is open to people who receive Persons With Disability (PWD) benefits, and you will receive $300 per week, (payment is dependent on attendance and participation for the full 12 weeks).
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The first 6 weeks are based at Our WorkPlace, (OWP) in our group room. We are fortunate to have volunteer facilitators from a variety of career backgrounds that will deliver workshops to you as well as OWP staff. You will be taken through a range of topics that will help you develop the skills you need to feel confident going back to work. These workshops include but are not limited to:
  • Resume and cover letter writing
  • Interview skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Assertive communication and conflict resolution
  • Self-care
  • Boundaries and Triggers
  • Computer skills
  • Career exploration and work placement preparation
  • Goal setting
  • Budgeting

I took the ourworkplace society work program last year. Just wanted to say hi and let you know that I am now working full time in the produce section of quality foods! I’ve been working for 5 months and I just got first raise. Thank you guys for all your help on building skills and learning new things.

-Maxwell Coldicutt
In addition every Friday you will take a different Certificate course:
  • FoodSafe
  • First Aid
  • Super Host
  • Cultural Safety
  • WHMIS
By the end of the workshops, you will have a new resume, new abilities as well as the skills and confidence to apply for work and be fully experienced with the Interview process. You will receive regular support from OWP staff.
You will then be placed at a Work Experience for 5 weeks. Your job developer will have worked with you to try and find a placement that meets your needs and interests (depending on availability of placements). The hours on work experience remain at 20 hours per week but your schedule may vary depending on the needs of the placement. You will be supported with weekly meetings throughout and your job developer will be available for ongoing support. The last week of the programme is back at Our WorkPlace where you will evaluate your experience of People in Progress, plan for your next steps; education, work or volunteering and graduate from the programme. Many people go on to get work, upgrade their education, take vocational training or continue volunteering at their placements and many have made friendships that continue after the programme. The staff at Our WorkPlace are available to support you after the programme and many graduates come back to Our WorkPlace to stay connected and get help with job interviews and application.