Daniel – Williams Lake WorkBC ESC – Skills Training

1 February 2016

Daniel first contacted WorkBC Williams Lake in 2012 after leaving his previous position due to family circumstances. He relocated to Williams Lake from Victoria and was eager to return to full-time employment in his new community. Daniel had been unemployed for several months and was unable to find work through his independent job search.

Daniel faced challenges in his job search as his combination of education and employment experience was not readily transferrable to the Williams Lake labour market. He had been employed in the social service field as a policy and program analyst but lacked the direct, front line experience that would secure a job in Williams Lake. In addition, Daniel struggled with identifying and marketing transferrable skills that may be suitable for occupations outside of his current skill set.

Daniel, while extremely motivated to return to work, felt discouraged and directionless with respect to marketing himself in Williams Lake. He visited WorkBC Williams Lake to speak with a staff person who was familiar with the local labour market and major employers.

Daniel said that the WorkBC Centre was very supportive and helped him identify and build confidence in the skills and abilities he could offer an employer. They identified a number of employers Daniel was not familiar with and provided him with workshops that helped him recognize what skills he currently had that could be transferrable to a new employer. When the additional assistance did not lead to employment, Daniel began to explore skills training options for a new career direction.

The WorkBC Centre supported Daniel through his skills training program to ensure he successfully completed the program to transition into the workforce. Daniel found employment with a Williams Lake business after the completion of his training and said “my position is an excellent fit with my skills and abilities and will afford me meaningful professional development opportunities”.

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

For more information on Transferable Skills visit: http://www.youth.gc.ca/eng/media/skills_inventory.shtml

Posted: 30 September 2015