Dave, Deep Bay Harbour Improvements

Job Creation Partnership Brings Career Plan into Focus

For Dave, participating in the Deep Bay Job Creation Partnership project was an eye-opening experience.

Not only did he gain knowledge, work experience and basic certification; he also came away with a clear understanding of what kind of career is right for him.

The Labour Community Fisheries Habitat Development Centre Society began the Deep Bay project in August 2012 in partnership with the Harbour Authority of Deep Bay and Island Coastal Economic Trust. Together, four participants would construct and install a new float and reconfigure, upgrade and improve the harbour’s existing floats. Along the way, they would learn skills and gain experience in carpentry, dock and float construction, blueprint reading and landscaping.

Dave jumped at the opportunity. With only hands-on experience in maintenance management, he had been having difficulty finding a job. He knew he wanted to work around the water in construction or shipbuilding. And he hoped that the Deep Bay project would be a good fit for him – and an effective springboard for his career.

He was right. Working on the project convinced Dave that he truly wanted to be employed outdoors in the trades.

Dave’s three co-workers were equally well rewarded for their work. Like Dave, they started with little or no experience. Through the project, they took courses on using power tools, learned first aid, picked up marine safety skills and gained familiarity with the engineering side of things.

Most importantly, the participants left with the knowledge and confidence to find satisfying long-term work.

WorkBC's Job Creation Partnerships provide funding to organizations to assist with local projects that provide work experience and skill enhancement opportunities to help eligible job seekers obtain long-term employment.