Programs

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APTUS

The APTUS Program is designed to move individuals towards their goals through a personalized, client centered approach. We help our clients to remove the barriers to long term, meaningful workforce attachment.  

 

This program is specialized to Survivors of Domestic Violence or Abuse, including but not limited to spousal abuse and wife assault, who are experiencing significant challenges to work readiness.

This includes individuals who:

  • Have psycho-emotional issues related to abuse/and or trauma, including anxiety, depression, sense of isolation, low self-esteem, PTSD

  • Have limited or no work experience

  • Lack recent work experience / have outdated work skills

  • Are facing financial hardship

  • Are experiencing housing instability

  • Have limited training / education / skills

  • Are dealing with legal or custody issues

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PARTICIPANT ELIGIBILITY

  • Must Self Identify as a Survivor of Domestic Violence and/or sexual violence at the time of intake, regardless if reported or not

  • Must be living in BC

  • Must be 18 or older

  • Must be a Canadian, permanent resident or protected person legally entitled to work in Canada

  • Must require new or enhanced skills to successfully transition into employment, and live in an eligible community

  • Must not be a full time student

  • Must be unemployed, or under-employed (working less than 20 hours per week) and looking to increase employment hours

One of the main features of the Aptus program is the ability to recieve your diploma in either the Healthcare Assistant or Administrative Professional Stream.
Regardless of which Diploma stream is chosen, this program also features:
 

  • Up to 24 Weeks of Service and support to get individuals ready for the workforce

  • Individualized Employment Counselling Sessions

  • Industry Linked Training for either Healthcare Assistant (17 weeks) or Office Administration (14 weeks)

  • Online learning platform use training & Support

  • Interactive Engaging Workshops

  • Transportation Supports / Bus Passes ​​

  • Work Readiness Assessments

  • Job Search Supports

  • Access to Certified Life Skills Coaches and Career Management Professionals

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Currently accepting new students!

 
 

QUEST Plus

QUEST Plus offers a broad range of services that is customized on a program-by-program basis. QUEST is not just about the journey, or the quest, to find success. It stands for much more:

Q.U.E.S.T.

Quality Updating & Essential Service Training

The Quest Plus program offers quality updating & essential service training, plus training in specific  industries.

 

The industry training included in this program has involved training in fields such as Forestry, Pipeline, Construction, and Environmental Monitoring. Each offering of this program is individually crafted to support the industry included.

This program includes...

  • Individualized Pre-Employment Skills Assessments  

  • Essential Skills training in Communication, Time Management, Problem Solving & Goal Setting

  • Technical Certificate training from industry specific providers.

  • Practical Field Activities

  • Industry related tickets such as First Aid Level 1, WHMIS,  and more.

  • Job Search Tools & Preparation

  • 2 Week Supported Job Search phase designed to assist participants to access training and connect with employment opportunities

  • Job Lead Sessions

  • Networking Activities and Exposure to the Current Workforce

  • Employer Follow Up Support

Training in this program includes collaboration with independent contractors within the labour market to provide relevant and expert skills training. Based on interactive group workshops, this program offers the opportunity to build connections with potential employers as well as future colleagues in the field.

While the industry training might change, the high quality skills and services we provide within the Quest Plus program do not.

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The Pipeline Construction program offers all of the skills training and high quality services included in all of our QUEST Plus programs. In addition to essential skills training, job search support, and job placement, you will also receive applicable industry training.

By the end of the course, you will be certified in:

  • Pipeline Sandblasting & Coating

  • Skid Setting

  • Water Pumps and Cathodic Protection

  • SPC SP-2888 Brush Grade

  • Denso 7200  Brush Grade

  • And more

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be living in BC

  • Must be between 17 and 29 years old

  • Must be unemployed, or under-employed (working less than 20 hours per week) and looking to increase employment hours

  • At-Risk Youth demonstrating a need for greater support to obtain employment skills and those who have not received prior employment support or training will be given priority in the selection process.

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QUEST Plus - Trades Training - Youth and
The Trades Training program offers all of the skills training and high quality services included in all of our QUEST Plus programs. In addition to essential skills training, job search support, and job placement, you will also receive applicable industry training. 

This
program is ideal for individuals who have been discouraged by discrimination or unfair treatment based on their beliefs or lifestyle, and for Youth who have experienced difficulty attaching to the labor market due to limited education or resources for training, lack of previous employment experience, and lack of job search skills and / or uncertainty around work related goals.

By the end of this course, you will be certified in a variety of tickets such as:

 

  • First Aid Level 1

  • H2S

  • Wilderness & Bear Aware

  • PCST-Pipeline Construction Safety Training

  • TDG

  • WHMIS

  • Traffic Control 

  • Chainsaw Safety

  • Personal Protective Equipment

  • Covid-19 Safety

  • Confined Space Entry

  • Fall Protection

  • And More*

Training Packages are customizable to suit the needs of the local labour market and participant needs.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Open to Members of Equity Seeking Groups: Indigenous peoples, women, 2SLGBTQ+, individual’s experiencing difficulty attaching to the workforce due to discrimination / racism

  • Must be living in BC

  • Must be between 17 and 29 years old

  • Must require new or enhanced skills to successfully transition into employment, and live in an eligible community

  • Must not be a full time student unless involved in a modified education plan or alternate learning situation

  • Must be unemployed, or under-employed (working less than 20 hours per week), or in jeopardy of losing an existing employment position

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Currently accepting new students!

 
 

WorkAbility

The WorkAbility program is specialized to offer services to people with disabilities, mental and physical.

 

Our goal is to support Persons with Disabilities to increase resiliency in the labor market by providing a variety of targeted services, including skills training. This program offers accessible services, with multiple points of entry, including virtual services and access to skills training in assistive technology and virtual learning platforms.

 

Designed to provide individualized services to persons with general disabilities, the Work Ability Program provides highly customized, personalized, long-term interventions that ensure that barriers related to disabilities that are impacting employability can be addressed. 
 

This includes individuals who: 

  • Self-identify as have a disability or multiple disabilities that are impacting their labor market participation

  • Have been assessed as having a disability or concurrent disabilities by an approved assessment tool(s)/assessor

  • Lack recent work experience / have outdated work skills 

  • Are facing financial hardship

  • Are experiencing housing instability

  • Have limited training / education / skills 

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PROGRAM FEATURES

  • Access to Assessments including assessments to identify Learning Disabilities

  • Competency-based Learning strategies

  • Individualized Vocational Rehabilitation Counselling Sessions

  • Disability Supports and Accommodations; training allowance, transportation supports etc.

  • Essential Skills Updating

  • Access to Assistive Technology/ trialing and training

  • Occupational Skills Training

  • Self-Employment services access

PARTICIPANT ELIGIBILITY

  • Must be living in BC

  • Must be 18 or older

  • Must be a Canadian, permanent resident or protected person legally entitled to work in Canada

  • Must require new or enhanced skills to successfully transition into employment, and live in an eligible community

  • Must not be a full -time student

  • Must be unemployed, or under-employed (working less than 20 hours per week) and looking to increase employment hours

  • EI Eligible individuals are eligible to participate but income protection of active EI benefits is Not Guaranteed

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Currently accepting new students!

 

Work Connect

This program is specialized in moving you towards your goals through a personalized, client centered approach. We help identify why gaining or keeping employment has been difficult in the past and work with you to remove the barriers that have been in your way. This program is designed to allow us to take the time to connect with you so that we can help connect you to the workforce.

Work Connect caters to those who are unemployed and face challenges to gaining employment. You might be eligible for this program if you:

  • Have limited or no work experience

  • Have mental or physical limitations / disabilities

  • Are facing financial hardship

  • Have been displaced from your industry (due to lack of work, closures, etc)

  • Have limited training / education/skills

This 14 week program will get you ready to re-enter the workforce successfully.

This program includes...

  • Employment Counselling

    • Assessments

    • Career Decision Making

  • Training Plan Development 

    • Funded Certificate and Ticket Training

  • Essential Skills Development

    • Communication

    • Time Management

    • Problem Solving / Productive Thinking

    • Confidence Building

  • Job Search Tools

    • Resumes and Cover Letter ​Development

    • Interviewing Skills

    • Job Market Research

    • Placement and Post Placement Support

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