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.
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.
- June 15, 2020 – in progress
- Next Cohorts:
- August 10, 2020
- September 28, 2020
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 Session: coming soon
Are you eligible for the program?
- A Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident, or protected person legally entitled to work in Canada
- A BC Resident
- Unemployed or Precariously Employed
- Not a full-time student
- Not actively participating in or receiving financial supports from another provincially or federally-funded labour market program.
Virtual Community Workshops - July 2020
Richmond Public Library Workshops
- Job Search at a Distance (Skills for Life and Work) - Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 10:30am
- Using LinkedIn (Skills for Life and Work) - Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 10:30am
- Interview Techniques (Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants) - Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 10:30am
- Employment Standards and Health & Safety (Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants) - Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 10:30am
Virtual Community Workshops - July 2020
Surrey Libraries Workshops
- Resume Writing (Skills for Life and Work) - Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 10:30am
- Job Search Café (Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants) - Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 10:30am
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
Would like to refer a Client?
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.
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.
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.