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maintain meaningful employment

helping you find, secure and

Helping you

find, secure and maintain meaningful employment

What is the Program about?

It’s a 6 week cohort-based program designed to assist individuals with multiple barriers to employment. You will gain the skills needed to find, secure, and maintain meaningful employment. This program is funded by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Workforce Development Agreement.

Contact Us

Next Cohort Dates

Due to COVID-19, in order to apply social distancing guidelines, Skills for Life and Work program is being delivered through virtual classes. Once the pandemic is over, we will return to in-person classes. 

  • Next Cohorts:
    • August 10, 2020
    • September 28, 2020
Register for the Program Today!

Online Info Session

Join Skills for Life and Work for an information session about this exciting new program to support individuals facing multiple barriers to employment. Learn about this 6-week cohort-based training and how we will help you with your employment needs. Next Sessions:

  • Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 10am – Register HERE
  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 10 am – Register HERE
Register for the SEPTEMBER 8 Info Session
Register for the SEPTEMBER 22 Info Session

Are you eligible for the program?

  1. A Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident, or protected person legally entitled to work in Canada
  2. A BC Resident
  3. Unemployed or Precariously Employed
  4. Not a full-time student
  5. Not actively participating in or receiving financial supports from another provincially or federally-funded labour market program.

What is included?

  • Employment Counselling
  • Job Readiness Skills
  • Essential Skills Training
  • Occupational Skills Training
  • Job Coaching
  • Direct Job Placement

Benefits of the Program

  • Skills for life and work
  • Job search support
  • Job coaching
  • Employment experience opportunities
  • Follow-up support

Get in Touch!


  • Richmond: 110-6651 Elmbridge Way, Richmond, V7C5C2
  • Surrey: 200-7525 King George Blvd., Surrey, V3W5A8
  • Vancouver: 204-333 East Broadway, Vancouver, V5T1W5

Virtual Community Workshops – Libraries

Skills Life and Work Workshops

Richmond Public Library Workshops

Job Search at a Distance (Skills for Life and Work)
Learn techniques to maximize your online job search, including which sites are good to use, optimizing your resume and other tips. You will also learn about the importance of cold calling employers and the benefits of an informational interview.

  • Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2020
  • Time: 10:30am-11:30am

Employment Standards and Health and Safety (Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants)
Review BC Employment Standards, including topics such as Minimum wages, deductions, overtime, breaks, vacation, leaves, special clothing, statutory holidays. Understand Compensation for length of service and resolving disputes etc.

  • Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2020
  • Time: 10:30am-11:30am

Using LinkedIn (Skills for Life and Work)
Learn about the popular professional online networking platform. LinkedIn. We will provide you with a guided tour of some of the key features, instructions on how to setup your profile, and tips on how to best use LinkedIn to connect to potential employers. By the end of this workshop you should have more confidence in using LinkedIn in a useful and professional manner.

  • Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2020
  • Time: 10:30am-11:30am

Interview Techniques in a Virtual World (Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants)
Learn some of the key concepts around interviewing including how to prepare for an interview mentally & physically, preparing for different interviews, answering the difficult questions, and how to close the interview. Get tips on how to interview using video conferencing in today’s job market. By the end of this workshop you should be familiar with styles of interviews and how to be better prepared when in an interview in person and virtually.

  • Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2020
  • Time: 10:30am-11:30am
Register – RICHMOND – September Virtual Community Workshop
Skills Life and Work Workshops

Surrey Public Library Workshops

Resume writing (Skills for Life and Work)
Learn key tips around building your resume including what is the purpose of a resume, the Do’s and Don’ts, and general resume tips. By the end of this workshop you should be able to identify and apply some techniques to a more articulate resume.

  • Date: September 15, 2020
  • Time: 10:00am-11:30am

Job Search Café (Career Path for Skilled Immigrants)
Learn techniques to maximize your online job search, including which sites are good to use, optimizing your resume and other tips. You will also learn about the importance of using social media and the benefits of an informational interview.

  • Date: September 29, 2020
  • Time: 10:00am-11:30am
Register – SURREY – September Virtual Community Workshop

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Our Program



When I first came to Canada I was quite depressed, hurt and did not know what to expect. I am very fortunate to that I have come to know a very helpful, skilled, and supportive person like you who shed the light on the pathway I must walk on so I can rediscover myself and the world around me. During the time spent with you at the Skills for Life course, you have managed to give me all the information I needed to have a fresh start in Canada, it was indeed “skills for life” that I got from the course and you, I admire your professionalism and your talent in transferring your knowledge and experiences to individuals with multiple barriers like me and help them to overcome their barriers, find what they love and do it. Here I am today, full of confidence, happily ending my first week at work in a Government agency doing what I love in my profession and field of training as you always encouraged me to do. I am glad I was accepted in a big organization that you helped me find, research about, apply for, and taught me how to nail that interview.
For all of this I am thankful, to you!
I appreciate all the support and help you provided me with, and I hope you will keep on changing people lives.

Participant: ```D.S.

Anna Yao soon after immigrating to Canada in 2019 find herself overwhelmed with amount of problems she had to deal with. Housing, Employment, English language.She needed to find employment as soon as possible to support herself however when it came to find employment she had no idea where to start. Did she need a new resume, where and how she should look for work. She felt frustrated and lost. She had no idea why she cannot get any job interview despite applying for so many jobs. It was in February 2020 that Anna’s English teacher at ISS of BC suggested her to apply for Skills for Life and Work program. Anna says:
“I was worried that I am not eligible for this program but when I was accepted into the program I felt that I am very lucky person to be accepted into this program. This is my first and only program that I have participated in Canada and I have learned so much from this program and I am very confident I have the skills and knowledge to find a job soon.”
Anna worked very hard in class, and successfully completed all her trainings including Basic Computer skills, Basics Internet skills, Super Host course and WHMIS Safety course. Anna was very surprised to learn that she was the only person in class to obtain 100 percent in WHMIS training. Anna has a positive attitude, friendly with a big smile. She is a smart and caring individual who is eager to help others. Anna’s future is bright.

Participant: Anna

I think this program covered a number of my work experiences that makes me a strong candidate for job. I would also like to assure you that I am very excited about the opportunity here. I am extremely motivated to pursue for founding a good job and will devote my energy to succeed.

Participant: M.R.