Alanna – Trail WorkBC ESC – Skills Training

1 February 2016

Right from her first meeting, Alanna felt supported and assisted by WorkBC Employment Services Centre, the Skills Centre. Feeling stuck in a cycle of seasonal work in the logging industry, Alanna set a personal goal to re-train and search for work in a field she felt more passionate about. With the help of the WorkBC Centre, Alanna completed a two-year technical Integrated Environmental Planning diploma from Selkirk College in Castlegar, B.C.

“Throughout the duration of my studies, any inquiries I had were promptly responded to [by WorkBC staff] and any changes to my living and financial situations were dealt with in an expedited manner,” Alanna said, “ensuring that I was able to fully focus on my studies and not be stressed out about financial concerns. Without this funding, I would not have pursued this diploma and would still be stuck working a dead end job in an industry that I had been working in for over 20 years.”

When Alanna graduated from the course, she used her enhanced communication skills to network with course instructors and community members. Through her networks, she was offered a position as a Parks and Maintenance worker with the Regional District of Central Kootenay. Alanna identified the following skill upgrades as being invaluable for her new position:

  • Excel for preparing and analyzing weekly progress reports
  • Technical writing skills
  • Ecosystems and wildlife knowledge to identify and protect species at risk
  • Recognition of invasive plant species to support ecosystem recovery
  • Understanding of park plans – scope and implementation  

Alanna is confident that the network she is developing in her current position will lead to future full-time employment. She is proud of her successful foray into the world of post-secondary education and relieved that she will no longer need to collect employment insurance as a supplement to seasonal income.

Visit the WorkBC Employment Services Centre Trail to learn more about the employment services and supports offered.

Posted: 15 October 2015