Cary - Houston WorkBC ESC - Skills Training

1 February 2016

Cary had been working full time at Houston Forest Products for 23 years when the mill closed and he got laid off. Cary is a certified Lumber Grader with a variety of lumber mill-related job experiences but was limited in his formal training. Local employment opportunities in this industry required Cary to explore further training to secure employment.

As Cary had been working for more than two decades for one company, he needed to increase his job-seeking knowledge to current employer expectations. He required assistance from Smithers/Houston WorkBC Employment Services Centre (ESC) with bridging the gap between current certifications and employers. Case-managed support was required to find appropriate links to employers and training opportunities to increase his employability so he could stand out to employers. Cary did not have a resume or cover letter and he needed to change employment industries to gain sustainable work.  It was determined that Cary’s remote camp experience, shift work experience, and background working in dusty and noisy environments would be suitable transferable skills. With the help of his local WorkBC ESC, Cary received assistance with building a resume, job search techniques, employment support service workshops and financial supports for training.

As of March 2015, Cary has achieved employment as a full-time Mineral Processor training at the Red Chris Mine (Imperial Metals).

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Posted: 05 August 2015