LANGLEY — Job seekers in Langley are among the more than 5,500 British Columbians receiving the training they need for employment in their communities, thanks to an investment of nearly $36 million from the federal and provincial governments under the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund.

Contracts with 63 service providers to deliver targeted skills training programs across B.C. have been finalized. The program offered in Langley is:

  • Triangle Community Resources: $197,517 for Job Readiness Training to 36 participants. The program provides six weeks of facilitated group-based job readiness training (25 hrs/wk) with essential skills integrated into the curriculum followed by a short term certificate training, job placement and job coaching.

The programs offered in Metro Vancouver to participants in a variety of communities including Langley include:

  • DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society: $329,001 for the DIVERSEcity Employment Program for Immigrant Youth in Surrey & Area for 60 participants. It provides first and second generation immigrant youth with employment services including essential skills, entrepreneurial, trades and specific training targeted to high demand occupations each year.
  • Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society:
    • $250,496 to provide the PICS Entrepreneurship Program for Metro Vancouver for 72 participants. It provides entrepreneurial skills training that includes two weeks of business concept development, seven weeks of entrepreneurial training, and up to 16 weeks of consultancy, mentorship and networking support.
    • $377,500 for the Workplace Integration for Mature Immigrants in Metro-Vancouver program for 96 participants. It provides facilitated group-based job readiness training to immigrants aged 45 years and older (30 hrs/wk), as well as short-term certificate training and educational upgrading.

“Job seekers need to start somewhere. With this partnership, we are able to provide access to skills training programs ensuring British Columbians are provided a path to success,” Fort Langley-Aldergrove MLA Rich Coleman said. “The ESS program is a key component of the BC Jobs Plan to ensure we meet future labour demand.”

Some of these programs are delivered in partnership with the Industry Training Authority and the Ministry of Advanced Education. The goal of the training is to help unemployed British Columbians who face barriers to workforce participation to find sustainable employment. The programs are now underway, and the majority will continue into September 2016.

Through the Canada Job Fund, the Government of Canada provides $500 million annually to the provinces and territories for investments in skills training. Under the Canada–British Columbia Job Fund Agreement, the province receives $65 million per year—its per capita share of the available funding.

The Canada-British Columbia Job Fund helps ensure training programs give individuals the skills to enter and succeed in the job market. The goal of the Employment Services and Supports stream is to increase the labour market participation of unemployed British Columbians who are not eligible for Employment Insurance programming and services.

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