Mainland/Southwest

DeNovo

The DeNovo program offers computer skills and short-term occupational certificate training, hands-on training, a job club and work experience. Wage subsidies, mentorships, direct matching to employers and Indigenous cultural components are available if needed.

Living supports may be provided for participants to attend the program at one of the four locations. 
 

Financial supports may include:

  • Child care
  • Transportation
  • Training allowance
  • Living supports
  • Cost-sharing tuition assistance

Regional Districts:

  • Province-wide service delivery

Training Locations:     

  • Kelowna
  • Langley
  • Prince George
  • Vernon

Contact:

Canadian Vocational Training Centre, email or 250-596-1575

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Workplace Integration for Multi-Barriered Individuals (WIMBI)

In this program, participants receive computer skills and short-term certificate training with hands-on work experience targeted to the administration, sales, marketing, and customer service industries. Indigenous cultural components are also available.

Financial supports may include:

  • Training allowance
  • Refreshments

Regional Districts:

  • Metro Vancouver Regional District

Training Locations:

  • Surrey
  • Vancouver

Contact:

Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society, email or 604-596-7722 (308)

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Jobs in Demand

The Jobs in Demand program offers training toward occupational certificates in industries such as hospitality/tourism, social services, trades and security. Job placement, coaching, Indigenous cultural components and disability supports are available.
 

Financial supports may include:

  • Child care
  • Transportation
  • Work gear
  • Refreshments
  • Training allowance

Regional Districts:

  • Sunshine Coast Regional District

Training Locations:

  • Sechelt 

Contact:

Open Door Group, email or 1-866-377-3670

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Work 2 Live

Work 2 Live is an employment and housing program for those aged 19-24 who are homeless (or at risk). Participants receive training for careers in the hospitality and tourism industries with courses like First Aid and Professional Mountain Bike Instructor. Indigenous cultural components are also available.
 

Financial supports may include:

  • Transportation
  • Food
  • Training allowance
  • Accommodation
  • Work equipment
  • Certification fees

Regional Districts:

  • Squamish-Lillooet Regional District

Training Locations:

  • Whistler

Contact:

Zero Ceiling Society of Canada, email or 604-962-5000, 604-902-4253

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Skills for Life and Work

The Skills for Life and Work program provides training for occupational certifications such as Foodsafe, First Aid and Superhost. There are presentations from local employers, job placements (with possible wage subsidies) and a job club. 

Targeted industries include customer/food services, maintenance, warehousing, transportation, manufacturing, construction and security. 
 

Financial supports may include:

  • Child care
  • Transportation
  • Clothing/work supplies

Regional Districts:

  • Metro Vancouver Regional District

Training Locations:

  • Richmond
  • Surrey
  • Vancouver

Contact:

BACK in MOTION or email 

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SAHARA – Substance Abuse Health and Recovery Awareness Program

Targeted towards visible minority men in addiction recovery, the SAHARA program prepares participants for work in a warehouse environment. The program includes group counselling, training on digital literacy skills, Forklift and First Aid. It also includes one-on-one coaching, on-the-job training and language supports.
 

Financial supports may include:

  • Transportation
  • Living allowance
  • Work clothing

Regional Districts:

  • Metro Vancouver Regional District

Training Locations:

  • Surrey

Contact:

DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society, email or 604-547-1274

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Chilliwack Job Options

The Chilliwack Job Options program offers occupational certifications for courses such as Foodsafe, Forklift and Occupational First Aid. Job search/maintenance workshops and on-the-job training is provided, along with possible wage subsidies. Indigenous cultural components and disability supports are available.
 

Financial supports may include:

  • Child care
  • Transportation
  • Training allowance
  • Clothing/work gear

Regional Districts:

  • Fraser Valley Regional District

Training Locations:

  • Chilliwack

Contact:

Pacific Community Resources Society, email or 778-239-7495

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Youth Breakthrough to Employment and Training (Youth BEAT) 

The Youth BEAT program is targeted to participants aged 18-24 with mental health challenges. The program includes occupational certification and on-the-job training, mentorship, wellness workshops (physical and mental health wellness), work experience and possible wage subsidies. Indigenous cultural components are also available.
 

Financial supports may include:

  • Transportation
  • Nutritional supports
  • Work clothing/equipment

Regional Districts:

  • Fraser Valley Regional District

Training Locations:

  • Chilliwack

Contact:

YMCA of Greater Vancouver, email or 604-218-1445

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Learn and Earn Program

The Learn and Earn program has three streams: Prepare (employment preparation training), Employ (attachment to the workforce through EMBERS) and Up-Skill (skills training for higher-skilled jobs in construction and other trades). It offers occupational certification training such as Hoist Operator, Construction Safety Officer and Traffic Control Person, as well as mentorship, job placements, on-the-job training and coaching. 
 

Financial supports may include:

  • Child care
  • Transportation
  • Work equipment
  • Food
  • Training allowance

Regional Districts:

  • Fraser Valley Regional District
  • Metro Vancouver Regional District

Training Locations:

  • Abbotsford
  • Surrey
  • Vancouver

Contact:

Eastside Movement for Business and Economic Renewal Society, email or 604-692-0782 (114)

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