It's not only young people who need help finding a job.
Sometimes people with decades of experience find themselves looking for work and that's where WorkBC's Job Options programs for older job-seekers come into play.
"This is the third time we've offered this program," says Anne Russell, manager of the Employment Services Centre, GT Hiring Solutions in Brooks Landing.
"The next one starts Monday and there are still a couple of spots left in this intake. Most of our participants are aged 55 to 60, but we have had some pensioners as well."
The six-week program includes various employment and skills development training options including basic computer assistance, one-on-one job search assistance and up to six months of job search support after the program.
There is also a training allowance paid during the program and a subsidy paid to employers who hire program participants.
"People come into this program who either have been in an industry for a long time but can't return to that industry for some reason, or those who have been dabbling with retirement but find that they would like to be working again," Russell says.
"These are people who have super valuable skills and experience and we help them make those skills work in the new and competitive marketplace."
The program is open to anyone 55 or older, unemployed and who has not received Employment Insurance over the past three years.
They must be British Columbians who are permanent residents or Canadian citizens and not attending school.
"Just like the Job Option programs we offer to youth and all ages, this program is about making a fresh start, about learning to redefine and market yourself and your abilities," says Russell.
The program includes some short-term certification training, such as Food Safe or various computer program training, depending on the type of work a participant is interested in.
Anyone interested in participating should call the centre at 250-729-5627.
The next program for mature workers will be offered in January. The program is also offered through the Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society which can be contacted at 250-753-6911.
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