Employment program on tap

Staff at the North Okanagan Employment Enhancement Society are gearing up for a third session of the popular eight-week employment program, Job Options B.C.

Staff at the North Okanagan Employment Enhancement Society are gearing up for a third session of the popular eight-week employment program, Job Options B.C.

“We’re getting ready for another busy session of job-search training, certificate courses, resume writing and helping participants prepare for interviews,” said Carolyn Matyjanka, NOEES program manager.

Funded by the province, Job Options B.C. is proving to be a very popular program. Its first and second sessions had a total of 82 applicants for the 12 spots available per session.

Successful applicants are paid $250 per week for attending the first five weeks of classroom time, then for the final three weeks, participants are expected to find an employer who will give them real, on-the-job experience.

Employers who participate in the work placement receive a wage subsidy for this three-week period.

“This program is a great way to pair employers with potential future employees. If the placement is successful and a permanent position opens up, employers have the opportunity to hire someone they’ve already trained,” added Matyjanka.

The next eight-week session begins Sept. 19. To find out more about eligibility, phone NOEES at 250-545-0585, or go online to www.noees.com. The deadline for applications is Aug. 26.