For people living in the North Okanagan looking for work, there is some good news.
The B.C. government has announced an increase in the tuition cap for the unemployed accessing skills training through the Employment Program of B.C. That means individuals receiving services through the Community Futures North Okanagan WorkBC Employment Services Centre may now be eligible for up to a maximum of $7,500 in tuition funding for skills training. Previously, tuition support was capped at $4,000.
This change in the tuition cap will give people in this community looking for work a better opportunity to develop and upgrade their skills.
In the North Okanagan, two popular training options have been in the health care and accounting fields. Training in these and other areas is now more likely to be accessible to clients due to the additional flexibility around the level of tuition support they can receive.
The Employment Program of B.C., launched in April 2012, is designed to offer a full suite of employment programs to unemployed British Columbians, including specialized populations, while ensuring quick and easy access through a single door.
Unemployed North Okanagan residents who are looking for work should visit Community Futures North Okanagan WorkBC Employment Services Centre (3105 33rd Street) in Vernon, or visit www.futuresbc.com. For a complete listing of WorkBC Employment Services Centres, visit www.WorkBCCentres.ca.