A Virtual Information Session with IHA Recruiters Sandra Holmann and Cassandra Ritchie on April 8th

Join us for an online information session with IHA recruiters, Cassandra Ritchie and Sandra Holmann. This is a chance to find out about career opportunities in healthcare and what IHA recruiters are looking for in candidates. You can also check out the IHA job board to find current job postings: https://jobs.interiorhealth.ca/ https://jobs.interiorhealth.ca/health-care-assistant

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Monthly Virtual Job Fairs

  Did you know that we facilitate virtual job fairs every month? If you are looking to hire and need some assistance with virtual recruitment, let us help you! Our experienced facilitator will walk you through the process. From early planning stages to event registration and in-session facilitation, we have you covered. Contact Jen Barclay…

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Seasonal Jobs Are Around the Corner

With spring around the corner, it’s a good time to explore the multitude of seasonal employment opportunities in the West Kootenay. Here are some of the benefits of seasonal work: (1) Foot in the door: gives you an opportunity to make an impression on your employer and potentially secure future employment (2) Working outdoors: many…

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Ankors’ Peer Health Navigator

  Peer Health Navigator A peer is someone with lived experience of mental health and/or substance use. If you need support with: – Referrals – Accessing Support, Services, Harm Reduction Information or Supplies – Sexual Health Education – Accompaniment to appointments – Advocacy – Hospital Emergency Visits and follow up support Call or Text Sam…

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Transportation Survey

Access to transportation can impact individuals and our community in many ways, help us learn more about these impacts to help support and promote future improvements to our public transportation system. Be a part of the conversation, your response matters!

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Virtual Hiring Supports for Employers

Being forced to adopt new, virtually enabled business models overnight can feel overwhelming, especially when it comes to hiring. We have the right supports to help you successfully transition to virtual recruitment, so let us help you with your next hire! As part of our ongoing commitment to employers and business owners across the Kootenay…

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Sindy’s Success Story

Nelson—Sindy Stringer finally knows what she wants to be when she grows up, thanks to an employment program offered by Kootenay Career Development Society. Sindy took the RAFT program—short for Retail, Accommodation, Food Service and Tourism, in fall 2019. Today, she is living her dream as a cannabis consultant supervisor in Castlegar. Salmo resident Sindy…

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After a Long Career, More Success

Nelson—At 66, Grant Clubine wasn’t ready to retire. But after spending most of his adult life as a journeyman electrician, Grant no longer felt a spark for the profession. Seeking support for a career change, Grant met with an employment counsellor at WorkBC who referred him to the RAFT program. RAFT is a free, five-week…

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Sherry and Ryan Serving up Success!

Nelson—Married couple Sherry and Ryan are living in a mansion and training to be chefs partly due to their participation in a Kootenay Career Development Society’s (KCDS) employment program. For 15 years the Canadian pair had worked abroad—Sherry taught English, Ryan worked in the oil and gas industry. Their livelihoods took them to Qatar, Saudi…

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KCDS Statement of Solidarity

KCDS Statement of Solidarity In alignment with our vision, mission and values, KCDS stands against racism and other forms of systemic violence against Black, Indigenous and racialized lives. We are inspired by actions calling for justice and equity. We are dedicated to working together with partner organisations, citizen groups and government agencies in the dismantling…

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Kootenay Career Development Society recognized as a Best Workplace™

Kootenay Career Development Society recognized as a Best Workplace™ Kootenay Career Development Society (KCDS) is being recognized as one of this year’s Best Workplaces™ in Canada. This morning, KCDS staff gathered online in anticipation of the virtual reveal and they were not disappointed. KCDS moved up the list from 23rd in Canada the previous year,…

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Information on the recently announced incentives and Employment Insurance

The B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers The B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers will provide a one-time $1,000 payment to people who lost income because of COVID-19. Residents who are receiving EI Benefits or the new Canade Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) are eligible. Applications will open soon with a one-time payment in May 2020. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/employment-business/covid-19-financial-supports#BCEBW Canada…

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Remote Resources for Job Seekers

Remote Resources for Job Seekers: Resume Guide Cover Letter Guide Interview Guide Resume Templates (download): Resume- Dark Blue Resume-Classic -Gray Resume-Creative Cover Letter Templates: Cover-Letter – Simple Cover-Letter – Creative Cover-Letter – Manager Reference Templates: References – Simple References – Creative      

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Response to the Rapidly Evolving Pandemic

In response to the rapidly evolving pandemic, we are taking steps to ensure the health and safety of our clients and community at large. To that end, we have transitioned to virtual services effective immediately. This means that that we will provide counseling, administrative and workshop support by phone, OES messaging, email and video-conference, instead…

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Employee Retention: How to Keep Good Employees

Keeping valuable employees can be complicated in today’s evolving workplace that faces challenges unique to our fast-paced, technological world; yet it is more important than ever to retain an efficient workforce in order to remain competitive. The hidden cost of high turnover can drain a company’s resources. Replacement costs for workers are estimated at 1/3…

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Everyone is Able

WorkBC Supports People Working with a Disability to Thrive September is Disability Employment Month in BC, a time both to celebrate the contributions that employees with a disability make in the workplace and to spread awareness about the barriers facing these workers. With 3 in 10 employees expected to experience a disability during their working…

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Tips to Reduce Employee Turnover

”People move on for better opportunities; they seem to graduate from my business to another.” This West Kootenay employer echoes the frustration of many local employers who are dealing with employee turnover. This interview was a component of the Nelson Area Human Resource Strategy (Local Employers Working Together), a 1997-98 labour market partnership conducted by…

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KCDS Named One of the Best Workplaces in Canada

Kootenay Career Development Society a leader in employee satisfaction Central Kootenays—Kootenay Career Development Society (KCDS) has gone from being a great place to work to being one of the best places to work in all of Canada, according to leading consulting firm Great Place to Work. Great Place to Work is an independent organization that…

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Youth Employment Success Through Employment Focused Workshops

What was challenging in finding work? Arrow faced a number of challenges in looking for sustainable, suitable work. He is a youth, lived in a rural location, had no access to personal transportation, and he experienced other barriers that could impact securing employment. He was nervous in interview situations, which made it difficult for him…

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Are You a Mature Worker Looking for Employment?

If you are a mature worker entering or re-entering the workforce, we have compiled some helpful tips for succeeding in your employment search. Here are some valuable suggestions for levering your experience and maturity as you look for new employment opportunities. (1) GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY: if you are continuously telling yourself and…

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A Conversation with Employment Resource Advisor Rae Walker

Rae has been in the Employment Industry for thirty five years, and is a mentor to many staff in the Castlegar WorkBC office. Her wealth of wisdom and compassion, along with her steady and calm guidance is immensely valued by staff and clients alike. She answered a few questions about her experience supporting mature workers…

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The Benefits of Hiring Mature Workers

Where can businesses find a dependable, steady workforce that has no plans to move up and out? A workforce dedicated to the job at hand and that takes pride in its work? One that will cost them less to hire, train and maintain? Mature Workers! As Baby Boomers (those born between 1945 and 1964) prepare…

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Experiencing Training and Employment Success as a Single Parent

“I first started towards my career change in 2008 when I accessed the WorkBC program in Abbotsford. I started upgrading in preparation for my education in Integrated Enviromental Planning (IEP) at Selkirk. I found a good fit with the environmental industry after working through a detailed career path planning seminar. In IEP I found I…

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WorkBC Supports Client to “Power Up” Manual Wheelchair

Did you know that WorkBC offers many supports and services for clients living with a disability? The following story was submitted by a WorkBC client who was able to obtain financial supports for equipment needed to maintain and increase her employment: What was the situation before coming to WorkBC? Kim uses a wheelchair, and was…

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Cantrill Distributing and the Wage Subsidy Program

The Business: Cantrill Distributing is a Castlegar-based bread distribution business serving the West Kootenays. They’ve been in business for 8 years and have 6 employees. Why the Wage Subsidy Program? Steep learning curve means new employees have to go through extensive training The program allowed them to train staff at a significant cost savings Result:…

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Mandala Custom Homes and the Wage Subsidy Program

The Business: Mandala Custom Homes is a Nelson-based design and build company focusing on open, round structures. They ship throughout North America and around the world. Starting in 2000, the company now employs 12 people   Why the Wage Subsidy Program? Provides the opportunity to hire a person—and ensure they are a good fit Helps…

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Danielle & Skills Enhancement Training

Danielle, from the Slocan Valley, was a stay-at-home mom whose husband was away working. Though she had worked in the past, prior to becoming a parent, she needed something that would allow her to care for her family, not be too physically demanding, and work with her rural situation.   Why the Skills Training Program?…

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Monica & Skills Enhancement Training

Monica, from Nelson, had been a mechanic for 22 years when, at age 39, she became ill and could no longer continue working as a mechanic. She was desperate and didn’t know where to turn for help.   Why Skills Training? It became clear after living on savings for two years that she had to…

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