Vernon program helps people find work

Vernon program helps people find work

Hire Ability is an eight-week job readiness and essential skills training course for individuals looking for work

  • Oct. 20, 2017 4:00 p.m.

NexusBC Community Resource Centre is gearing up for another session of one of its employment programs.

Hire Ability is an eight-week job readiness and essential skills training course for individuals looking for work.

“We’re pleased to offer this program for jobseekers,” said Patricia Niehaus, program manager.

“NexusBC has offered many employment programs over the last 30 years, and we have helped hundreds find work. We’re excited to continue on this path of achievement.”

The program, funded by the federal government, teaches participants the skills to perform an effective job search including how to access the hidden job market, how to create a targeted resume and cover letter, and prepare for a positive job interview; all of this is delivered through in-class workshops. The program is designed for jobseekers who are 18 and older, not going to school and who are not eligible for Employment Insurance. Over the last two years, Hire Ability has experienced an average 73 per cent employment outcome success rate.

“Participants attend four weeks of in-class training at NexusBC with time with Okanagan College developing computer skills needed for job search, work, learning and life,” said Niehaus.

“Personalized job coaching is provided during the other four weeks of the program.”

Through a network of partnerships, the program is able to offer several certificates such as first aid, Foodsafe, forklift safety, airbrakes, construction safety training and computer training.

NexusBC will begin its ninth session of Hire Ability in early November. Anyone wishing to participate should apply now. For more information, visit www.nexusbc.ca or phone 250-545-0585.

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