Are you looking for work? If you are like thousands of people across B.C., your local Employment Resource Centre offers tools and resources that can help you succeed in your job search. Employment Resource Centres are funded by the Province of British Columbia, and services are provided at no cost to you.
Some of the services include:
Case Management Services: These services are available to anyone who is unemployed or under-employed, legally entitled to work in Canada (Canadian citizen or permanent resident) and dedicated to finding employment. A case manager / employment counsellor will meet with you customize a plan based on your needs. This may involve one-on-one sessions or recommendation to an external program to assist with career planning, job hunting tools, skills training and ongoing personal development. You may also be eligible to access targeted wage subsidy or self employment programs.
Drop-in Resource Centres: These are accessible to anyone looking for work and offer self-directed resources such as computer and Internet access, printer, photocopier, telephone and fax machine. Staff can assist in job hunting, including information on the labour market as well as resume and cover letter tips.
Finding an Employment Resource Centre: Offering specialized services for youth, immigrants, aboriginals, francophones and persons with disabilities as well as anyone looking for assistance, more information is available online at www.youremploymentservices.ca.
Future Changes to Services: In April 2012, the Employment Service Centre will offer a ‘one-stop’ model so job seekers can find everything they need in one place. With locations throughout the province, job seekers can receive necessary services quickly and efficiently. Key highlights include:
– Program designed following a two-year consultation process with service providers
– Goal to simplify access, manage services, treat people as individuals and ensure clients receive the needed services
– Clients become more independent and receive services aligned with labour market needs and opportunities
For more information visit the Labour Market Services website.
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