Kindale Developmental Association executive director B Elliott (second from left) shares a laugh with clients Justin Sigal (left)

Kindale Developmental Association executive director B Elliott (second from left) shares a laugh with clients Justin Sigal (left)

Kindale launches job project

The project will provide individuals with basic employment readiness training and work opportunities.

For Justin Sigal, his dream job is a travel agent or flight attendant. Maybe a newspaper reporter.

Crystal Rohrer has dreams of working in a clothing or shoe store.

Caralyn Lee would love the chance to work in a preschool with a special needs child.

Thanks to a new pilot project launched by the Kindale Developmental Association, the trio of Kindale clients can move closer to their goals.

Kindale has launched a new employment readiness pilot project with funding, in part, from the Vancouver Foundation, the Royal Bank of Canada Foundation and Community Futures North Okanagan.

The project will provide individuals with basic employment readiness training and work opportunities.

“About a year ago, many of our individuals came to me and were talking about employment,” said B Elliott, Kindale’s executive director. “They had jobs, they lost their jobs, or they couldn’t keep them because they didn’t have the skills and support to really go out there and work and really know what that means.

“So, we wrote out a program based on what everyone was telling us and put the proposal together.”

Kindale’s employment readiness pilot will focus on individuals who need that hand up in the community and require a little extra support to achieve success in their lives, whatever success looks like to them.

“For many years, Kindale has provided customized and supported employment services for individuals, with our Home Team contract with the Downtown Vernon Association being a notable recent success,” said Elliott.

“Based on our experience and feedback from employers, we saw the need and the opportunity to provide more focused and intentional preparation for both individuals and employers through an employment readiness training curriculum.”

The pilot project will consist of two six-week sessions with up to 10 individuals participating in each session.

Sigal, Rohrer and Lee are among the participants in the first session.

“It’s going great,” said Rohrer.

Participants will receive instruction in employment plans, workplace deportment, work ethics, helping individuals to understand what it takes to get a job and keep a job.

Kindale employment readiness coaches will work with local businesses and other employers, supporting them to ensure their requirements and expectations of employees are being met.

Kindale welcomes enquiries from potential participants and employers. Call 250-546-3005 for more information.