ABBOTSFORD — Job seekers in Abbotsford are among the more than 5,500 British Columbians receiving the training they need for employment in their communities, thanks to an investment of nearly $36 million from the federal and provincial governments under the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund.

Contracts with 63 service providers to deliver targeted skills training programs across B.C. have been finalized.  The program offered in Abbotsford includes:

  • Triangle Community Resources: $285,629 for Job Readiness Training for 60 participants. This program offers six weeks of life skills, essential skills and job readiness training, followed by four weeks of Next Steps Planning which includes connecting with local employers and individualized job search and referral supports.

The following program offered to participants in Vancouver, Abbotsford and surrounding areas includes:

  • British Columbia Construction Association: $973,436 for Skills Trades Employment Program (STEP) for 183 participants. This one-to-one construction employment placement provides workplace supports, short-term certificate training, job placement connections and promotion of apprenticeships.

“We are reaching the point where fewer young people are entering the force than older people leaving,” Abbotsford South MLA Darryl Plecas said. “These training opportunities will help prepare job-seekers for success as they pursue future job openings.”

“In partnership with the federal government, we are able to provide targeted training programs for British Columbians,” Abbotsford West MLA Michael de Jong said. “With nearly one million job openings expected by 2024, programs like this are critical to keep our economy growing.”

“Programs like ESS ensures we have the right training to put people on the path to success,” Abbotsford-Mission MLA Simon Gibson said. “With the right training and support, British Columbians will be first in line for future jobs.”

Some of these programs are delivered in partnership with the Industry Training Authority and the Ministry of Advanced Education. The goal of the training is to help unemployed British Columbians who face barriers to workforce participation to find sustainable employment. The programs are now underway, and the majority will continue into September 2016.

Through the Canada Job Fund, the Government of Canada provides $500 million annually to the provinces and territories for investments in skills training. Under the Canada–British Columbia Job Fund Agreement, the province receives $65 million per year—its per capita share of the available funding.

The Canada-British Columbia Job Fund helps ensure training programs give individuals the skills to enter and succeed in the job market. The goal of the Employment Services and Supports stream is to increase the labour market participation of unemployed British Columbians who are not eligible for Employment Insurance programming and services.

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