If you’re an unemployed individual between the ages of 55 and 64 you may be interested in the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers (TIOW) program. The program works to provide employment assistance services and employability improvement activities, such as skills upgrading and work experience, to assist unemployed older workers with their return to work. Back in October of last year, it was announced that the TIOW agreement would be extended to March 31, 2014, so there is still plenty of time to apply for assistance. To date, over 4,000 people living in BC have been given the opportunity to participate in TIOW projects, and with this extension we expect to help many additional workers retrain for new careers. So if you’re interested in applying for this fantastic program, please call or visit the service providers listed below.
Please note that the TIOW program is “targeted” to specific communities that have experienced high unemployment or been affected by industry downsizing or closures. For this reason, the program is not offered in some communities.
TIOW is a federal-provincial/territorial cost shared initiative, where the design and delivery of the project is managed by the province. The program is aimed at unemployed older workers in cities and towns that:
To be eligible, participants must:
*In some circumstances, unemployed workers aged 50 to 54 or 65 and over may also participate. Please contact your specific service centre to see if you’re eligible.
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Admin: Although there are currently no plans to expand this program into other locations (with larger populations), I will pass on your suggestion to the program's manager to see if any changes can be made when the next agreement is signed.
This program should be extended to Penticton. We basically rely on Tourism and it doesn't supply much in the way of jobs for older people unless you have plenty of experience and can do heavy labor.
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