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Training for Persons with Disabilities

WarehouseAbilities

Helping you

find, secure and maintain meaningful employment

WarehouseAbilities
Training for Persons with Disabilities

Back in Motion has partnered with Universal Learning Institute to provide an 11-week training program designed to address employment barriers faced by Persons with Disabilities. The WarehouseAbilities skills training and supports prepare individuals for sustainable employment in the high-demand warehousing sector. The program is funded by the Government of Canada, through the Canada-British Columbia Workforce Development Agreement.

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Are you eligible for WarehouseAbilities?

  • BC Resident, legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Self-disclosed disability
  • Unemployed or precariously employed (casual work or difficulty supporting family)
  • Not a full-time student
  • Not actively participating in another government-funded employment service
  • Ready, willing, and able to engage in training and employment

Next Cohort Dates

Register for the Program

Next Cohorts:

  • Cohort 1: May 10, 2021
  • Cohort 2: July 26, 2021
  • Cohort 3: October 12, 2021
  • Cohort 4: January 10, 2022

Online Info Session

Register for April 21 Info Session

Join us for an Information Session about this exciting new program, WarehouseAbilities – Training for Persons with Disabilities. Learn how we will support you to complete training and help with your individual employment needs.

  • April 21, 2021 – 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Register here
  • May 19, 2021 – 1:00pm – 2:00pm (registration link coming soon)
  • June 16, 2021 – 1:00pm – 2:00pm (registration link coming soon)

What is included in Warehouse Abilities – Training for Persons with Disabilities?

11 weeks of training, with a combination of:

  • Employment readiness skills training
  • Fundamental Warehouse Operations training through Universal Learning Institute
  • Hands-on work simulation activities in a real-life warehouse setting
  • Certifications in WHMIS, Occupational First Aid, Transportation of Dangerous Goods, Forklift Operator, Scissor/Boom List, and Fall Protection
  • Work experience opportunities, job search and placement supports

WarehouseAbilities Benefits

  • Work at your own pace to develop skills in a real-life warehouse environment
  • Staff will support you with any assistive technology or equipment needs, related to your unique abilities
  • Steel-toed boots will be provided for you, as well as access to warehouse clothing
  • Trained Kinesiologist will provide coaching for you to work safely in a warehouse setting
  • Job coaching after hire to make sure you are successful in your warehouse job
  • Upon training completion, each Participant will receive a small bonus

Get in Touch!

Locations

WarehouseAbilities is offered through a combination of in-person and virtual classes through our Microsoft Teams platform. You will be supported to make sure you have the right equipment and information to participate. The hands-on warehouse training will be provided at our Richmond location:

#110 – 6651 Elmbridge Way, Richmond, BC, V7C 5C2

Participant Flyer (PDF Download)
Employer Flyer (PDF Download)

Would you like to refer an individual to WarehouseAbilities?

Please complete our WarehouseAbilities Referral Form and send to info@warehouseabilities.ca.

Frequently Asked Questions – WarehouseAbilities

The purpose is for you to learn key skills, so that you will be ready for interesting jobs in the warehousing sector. You will also learn proper ways to work safely in a warehouse setting. The team will support hands-on practice in our warehouse, and will help you to find and keep a warehousing job. The program is 11 weeks, and your team will develop your schedule with you to make sure that it is within your level of tolerance.

Your team includes the following:

  • Program Administrator – Contacts you to schedule your first appointments and provide program information.
  • Program Coordinator – Supports you to work with the team, answers your questions, and helps to solve any learning challenges while attending the program.
  • Facilitator/Employment Counsellor – Provides assessments to make sure you are a good fit for the program, and guides you throughout the program through one-to-one and group sessions.
  • Kinesiologist/Job Coach – Provides work simulation and hands-on practice in our real warehouse setting, and makes sure that you are working safely related to your own abilities. They will also help with job coaching once you find a job, to make sure you are safe and successful.
  • Employment Specialist - Helps you with job search and access to job opportunities. They will provide the supports you need (including job coaching) to make sure you are successful in your new job.
  • Universal Learning Institute Instructors - Provide a series of virtual classes related to warehousing skills needed by local employers.

You will first complete an intake assessment (a combination of in-person and virtual). The team will work with you to develop a training plan and create strategies to support your success. You will be involved in the following activities:

  • One-to-one meetings with your Employment Counsellor to monitor your progress, provide supports, and address any difficulties
  • Group education through Back in Motion (virtual classes) to help you get ready for the workplace, and train you in skills such as communication, goal setting, and teamwork
  • Group education through Universal Learning Institute (virtual classes) for specific warehousing and computer skills
  • Certification training (if this is right for you) for Forklift/Scissor Lift and Boom Lift Operator, Occupational First Aid, WHMIS, Transportation of Dangerous Goods, and Fall Protection
  • Hands-on warehouse training, to review safe body positions and work practices
  • You may have a 3-week work experience with a local employer, if needed
  • Job search training and practice to prepare you for a job in warehousing
  • Work with your team after hire to make sure things are going well and you are managing the work tasks

Yes, you are involved with decisions in WarehouseAbilities. You will work together with your team to figure out the best training plan and supports for you. You will be invited to give feedback on WarehouseAbilities through individual meetings and surveys.

Your team will review your individual situation, and confirm any areas where you may need extra support. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible to receive childcare or transportation supports, ASL interpretation, learning disability assessment, or assistance with a laptop or Internet access. Also, you will be provided with steel-toed boots and a small bonus upon completion of training.

Your team will be working with you throughout the program to prepare you for a range of warehousing jobs. We will also work with you and local employers to explore job opportunities. We will support you in resume writing, interview preparation, and other job search tools. Depending on your needs, your team may be able to provide coaching. If needed, we will work with employers for any extra required support.

WarehouseAbilities will be delivered through a combination of in-person and virtual services. All in-person services will have the appropriate safety measures in place, in line with Provincial Health Officer orders.

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Painful swallowing
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Regularly wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 70% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow when you sneeze or cough
  • Maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet (or 2 meters) when in public
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces

Coronavirus is spread from an infected person by:

  • Spread of droplets when a person coughs or sneezes
  • Touch, if a person has used their hands to cover their mouth or nose when they cough or sneeze
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands; COVID-19 can live on some surfaces for up to 3 days
  • Airborne particles, through sneezing or aerosolized through medical procedure

Back in Motion has a comprehensive Safety Plan to ensure clients and staff are safe. To learn more about our safety processes, visit our Safety Plan webpage. Social distancing guidelines will be followed us much as possible, and staff and clients will wear face masks. We have limited the number of people allowed in the warehouse at any one time. Our trained staff will oversee all parts of the Safety Plan, to make sure you stay safe during your time at Back in Motion.

Yes, as per the recommendation of the BC Provincial Health Officer, we are recommending all clients and staff wear masks when a physical distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained.

If you have any concerns at all about your safety, please discuss them with your team. We will be explore solutions to help you feel safe. Clients and staff will use proper hand hygiene procedures, and all equipment will be disinfected before and after use. Clients and staff will wear a mask if unable to maintain a distance of 2 metres.

We have daily cleaning services to disinfect all surfaces. In addition, our team disinfects the reception area and washrooms regularly. In our warehouse, equipment is disinfected after each use.

We deliver group education through Microsoft Teams so that you can attend our sessions from home. We will make sure that you have all the technology you need to attend virtual classes.

Yes, all clients are screened for symptoms of COVID-19 when we book their initial assessment and again when they arrive at our facility.

Our staff are required to do a daily self-assessment to ensure they aren’t experiencing any symptoms. They are advised not to come to work when they are sick. They are able to access sick leave benefits if this is the case. If our staff have travelled abroad, they are required to self-isolate for 14 days prior to returning to work.

Lunch rooms will be closed for your protection. During this time, clients will not have access to the fridge, microwaves, kettles, cups/dishes, or cutlery. Please bring your own food and drinks from home, including a full water bottle and/or coffee or tea in a container from home.