Mainland/Southwest

Experience Matters!

The Experience Matters! program offers short-term certificate and on-the-job training, work experience (with possible wage subsidies), employer matching, job placement, mentorship and coaching services. 


Financial supports may include:

  • Child care
  • Transportation
  • Disability supports
  • Work gear

Regional Districts:

  • All

Training Locations:

  • Based on participant needs

Contact:

Bowman Employment Services Inc., email or 1-877-866-3100

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STRIDE for Older Workers (Skills Training Results in Direct Education/ Employment) 

The Stride program provides participants with short-term certification training, work experience, occupational skills training and possible wage subsidies.


Financial supports may include:

  • Child care
  • Transportation
  • Interview/work clothing

Regional Districts:

  • Fraser Valley Regional District

Training Locations:

  • Abbotsford

Contact:

Archway Community Services, email or 604-557-3690 ​

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The 55+ Advantage (Creating Opportunities for Work – Maximizing Skills for Life)

The 55+ Advantage program includes Indigenous cultural components, short-term certificate training and job shadowing as well as volunteer and work experience (with possible wage subsidies).


Financial supports may include:

  • Child care
  • Transportation
  • Work gear
  • Disability supports
  • Refreshments

Regional Districts:

  • Fraser Valley Regional District

Training Locations:

  • Abbotsford
  • Agassiz
  • Boston Bar
  • Chilliwack
  • Hope
  • Mission

Contact:

Buxton Consulting, email or 604-504-5419

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Encore Careers

The Encore Careers program offers short-term certificate and digital literacy training, coaching for self-employment or consultancy as well as Indigenous cultural components and work experience (with possible wage subsidies).


Financial supports may include:

  • Transportation
  • Lunches
  • Work gear
  • Training allowance

Regional Districts:

  • Metro Vancouver Regional District

Training Locations:

  • Burnaby
  • Coquitlam
  • Maple Ridge

Contact:

Douglas College, email or 604-777-6147

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Intercultural Logistics and Transportation Operations for Older Workers

Program participants receive short-term certificate and occupational skills training for employment as a class 4 commercial driver, a transportation logistics/dispatcher, or a taxi driver. The program has Indigenous cultural components, digital literacy and sole proprietorship training, and work experience.


Financial supports may include:

  • Transportation
  • Weekly luncheons
  • Refreshments
  • Licence fees

Regional Districts:

  • Metro Vancouver Regional District

Training Locations:

  • Surrey
  • Vancouver

Contact:

Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society, email or 604-596-7722 (124)

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Empowered for Employment – Admin and Accounting Works

The Empowered for Employment program provides participants with occupational skills training for careers in administration and accounting with a practicum component to apply their new skills.


Financial supports may include:

  • Transportation
  • Lunches

Regional Districts:

  • Metro Vancouver Regional District

Training Locations:

  • Surrey

Contact:

Sources Community Resources Society or email

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Digital Skills Upgrading for Job Seekers Age 55+

Participants will develop the digital skills and competencies needed in today’s technology-rich labour market. The program includes training on computers and software, online navigation, social media, online job applications, and cyber security as well as short-term certificate training.


Financial supports may include:

  • Transportation
  • Refreshments
  • Living allowance
  • Work gear

Regional Districts:

  • Metro Vancouver Regional District

Training Locations:

  • Surrey

Contact:

S.U.C.C.E.S.S., email or 778-394-8822

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Job Futures 55+ Employment Program

The Job Futures 55+ Employment Program offers training on computer skills, customer service and business communications with work experience opportunities. It also includes Indigenous cultural components and a fitness pass.


Financial supports may include:

  • Transportation
  • Light meals

Regional Districts:

  • Metro Vancouver Regional District

Training Locations:

  • North Vancouver
  • Vancouver

Contact:

Young Women's Christian Association or 604-895-5800

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