New option for people not on EI seeking employment

A new program will target individuals looking for work who are not on Employment Insurance.

The North Okanagan Employment Enha ncement Society will launch JobOptionsBC May 9, and the deadline to register is April 15.

“This eight-week employment program is for jobseekers over the age of 18 who are not eligible for Employment Insurance,” said Lynn Belsher, executive director.

“Those receiving EI have a number of programs available to them. However, there is not much available for those that are unemployed and not eligible for EI. “

Belsher believes the need is great.

“We received nearly 40 applications for our first session of this program, but could only accept 12,” she said.

The program teaches participants the skills to perform an effective job search including how to create a targeted resume, prepare for a job interview and how to network.

Participants receive five weeks of paid classroom time based on attendance. Additional training is also provided which can include WHMIS, H2S Alive, ground disturbance, first aid, WorldHost customer service training, FoodSafe and Serving It Right.

“Our participants are very employable, but may not have the knowledge of how to perform an effective job search,” said Belsher.

“They also may not have the means to take the required courses for the work they want.”

For employers, the program can provide a wage subsidy for participants during the 3

work placement.

It gives the participant a chance to demonstrate their skills and abilities and if the placement is successful and a permanent position opens up, employers have the opportunity to hire someone they’ve already trained.

“NOEES has already run one eight-week session and has had huge success,” said Carolyn Matyjanka, program manager.

“Several participants have found employment, and some are continuing on with training and further job search.”

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