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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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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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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Kootenay Career Development Society to Deliver Enhanced Employment Services to Job Seekers

Boundary-Kootenay Region, BC – Job seekers in Central/West Kootenay/Boundary will get extra support in their search for sustainable employment as Kootenay Career Development Society (KCDS) prepares to be the primary contractor for the new and improved WorkBC Employment Services program, funded by the Province of British Columbia, Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. They…

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January 2019 Success Story

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…

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Are You Impacted By Pacific Insight Shutdown?

If you have received notice of an impending layoff, you are eligible to access our services IMMEDIATELY. KCDS WorkBC invites you to call or drop by our Nelson or Castlegar offices to discover the many employment programs and services available to support you through this time of transition and moving forward. Our team looks forward…

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Please Join Us at our Holiday Open House

The Staff and Board at Kootenay Career Development Society would like to extend warm wishes to you and yours this holiday season. Please join us for an OPEN HOUSE from 10am to 2pm on Friday,  December 21st at either of our Nelson or Castlegar WorkBC Employment Services Centres Everybody is welcome and refreshments will be…

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A Conversation with Employment Specialist Cheri

Cheri, an Employment Specialist who works in our Castlegar Employment Resource Centre, shared her experience working with KCDS and the community.   What is it that you like best about working in Self-Serve? “Human connection. It’s so lovely to have people who use our services come in and be trusting and open about their situation,…

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Our Employment Services Resource Centre

Are you familiar with Work BC’s Employment Services Resource Centre? If so, you will have already experienced the multitude of services available to you. If not, acquaint yourself with the services we offer and the people you’ll be working with. WHY? Everyone at the Nelson and Castlegar WorkBC offices are committed to meeting the employment…

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December Success Story

We love being part of our clients’ successes – and to share their stories: James had found potential employment as a Traffic Control Person, but required flagging training and certification to secure the position. He came into our WorkBC Employment Services Centre to inquire what funding options might be available for him. WorkBC’s Employment Specialist,…

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Have You Been Affected by Pacific Insight Layoffs?

You are Invited: Please join us for a FREE WorkBC Information Session specifically designed for Pacific Insight employees affected by recent workforce adjustments. Discover how to access 1:1 support to target your job search – and resume. Learn more about WorkBC programs and services – including funding for certification training or wage subsidies to get…

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Employer Profile: Brad Filleul of The Black Sheep Restaurant Group

Define the Black Sheep Restaurant Group in one word: “AWESOME comes to mind right away… But different too”. – Brad Filleul, owner   The Black Sheep Restaurant Group is comprised of two popular Nelson restaurants, Cantina Del Central and Yum Son Viet-Modern Cuisine. Owner, Brad Filleul moved to Nelson in 2003 when he spent his…

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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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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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CBT’s Non-Profit Workshops Coming to Nelson KCDS Training Centre

KCDS is excited to host CBT’s Non-Profit Capacity Building Workshop Series at our Nelson Training Centre! These workshops have been designed to make your non-profit stronger. Take one – or all three!!!   SEPTEMBER 30 Financial Management Basics I and Financial Management II  This course provides an overview of basic financial management concepts that are…

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LABOUR MARKET INFORMATION JULY 10-14 2017

LMI Report July 10 – 14 2017 Labour Market Information encompasses material about occupations, wage rates, unemployment rates, employment outlooks and trends, education and training, and economic trends and conditions, as well as developments impacting these elements. For this compilation, articles are sourced from a wide variety of online publications. To capture the essence of…

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LABOUR MARKET INFORMATION JULY 4-7 2017

LMI Report July 3 – 7  2017 Labour Market Information encompasses material about occupations, wage rates, unemployment rates, employment outlooks and trends, education and training, and economic trends and conditions, as well as developments impacting these elements. For this compilation, articles are sourced from a wide variety of online publications. To capture the essence of…

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LABOUR MARKET INFORMATION JUNE 26-30 2017

LMI Report June 26 – 30  2017   Labour Market Information encompasses material about occupations, wage rates, unemployment rates, employment outlooks and trends, education and training, and economic trends and conditions, as well as developments impacting these elements. For this compilation, articles are sourced from a wide variety of online publications. To capture the essence…

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Labour Market Information June 19-23 2017

LMI Report June 19 – 23, 2017   Labour Market Information encompasses material about occupations, wage rates, unemployment rates, employment outlooks and trends, education and training, and economic trends and conditions, as well as developments impacting these elements. For this compilation, articles are sourced from a wide variety of online publications. To capture the essence…

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LABOUR MARKET INFORMATION JUNE 12-16 2017

LMI Report June 12-16, 2017 Labour Market Information encompasses material about occupations, wage rates, unemployment rates, employment outlooks and trends, education and training, and economic trends and conditions, as well as developments impacting these elements. For this compilation, articles are sourced from a wide variety of online publications. To capture the essence of the articles,…

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LABOUR MARKET INFORMATION JUNE 5-9 2017

LMI Report June 5 – 9, 2017 Labour Market Information encompasses material about occupations, wage rates, unemployment rates, employment outlooks and trends, education and training, and economic trends and conditions, as well as developments impacting these elements. For this compilation, articles are sourced from a wide variety of online publications. To capture the essence of…

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LABOUR MARKET INFORMATION MAY 29- JUNE 2 2017

LMI Report May 29 – June 2, 2017 Labour Market Information encompasses material about occupations, wage rates, unemployment rates, employment outlooks and trends, education and training, and economic trends and conditions, as well as developments impacting these elements. For this compilation, articles are sourced from a wide variety of online publications. To capture the essence…

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Labour Market Information Report May 23-26 2017

Labour Market Information encompasses material about occupations, wage rates, unemployment rates, employment outlooks and trends, education and training, and economic trends and conditions, as well as developments impacting these elements. For this compilation, articles are sourced from a wide variety of online publications. To capture the essence of the articles, edited excerpts are provided below…

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LABOUR MARKET INFORMATION REPORT MAY 15-19 2017

LMI Report May 15 – 19, 2017 Labour Market Information encompasses material about occupations, wage rates, unemployment rates, employment outlooks and trends, education and training, and economic trends and conditions, as well as developments impacting these elements. For this compilation, articles are sourced from a wide variety of online publications. To capture the essence of…

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LABOUR MARKET INFORMATION REPORT MAY 8-12 2017

LMI Report May 8 – 12, 2017 Labour Market Information encompasses material about occupations, wage rates, unemployment rates, employment outlooks and trends, education and training, and economic trends and conditions, as well as developments impacting these elements. For this compilation, articles are sourced from a wide variety of online publications. To capture the essence of…

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LABOUR MARKET INFORMATION REPORT MAY 1-5

  LMI Report May 1 – 5, 2017 Labour Market Information encompasses material about occupations, wage rates, unemployment rates, employment outlooks and trends, education and training, and economic trends and conditions, as well as developments impacting these elements. For this compilation, articles are sourced from a wide variety of online publications. To capture the essence…

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Labour Market Information Report April 24-28

LMI Report Apr 24 – Apr 28, 2017   Labour Market Information encompasses material about occupations, wage rates, unemployment rates, employment outlooks and trends, education and training, and economic trends and conditions, as well as developments impacting these elements. For this compilation, articles are sourced from a wide variety of online publications. To capture the…

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Labour Market Information Report Apr 10-13

LMI Report Apr 10 – Apr 14, 2017 Labour Market Information encompasses material about occupations, wage rates, unemployment rates, employment outlooks and trends, education and training, and economic trends and conditions, as well as developments impacting these elements. For this compilation, articles are sourced from a wide variety of online publications. To capture the essence…

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Labour Market Information Report Mar 27-31

LMI Report Mar 27 – Mar 31, 2017   Labour Market Information encompasses material about occupations, wage rates, unemployment rates, employment outlooks and trends, education and training, and economic trends and conditions, as well as developments impacting these elements. For this compilation, articles are sourced from a wide variety of online publications. To capture the…

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Labour Market Information Report Mar 20-24

LMI Report Mar 20 – Mar 24, 2017 Labour Market Information encompasses material about occupations, wage rates, unemployment rates, employment outlooks and trends, education and training, and economic trends and conditions, as well as developments impacting these elements. For this compilation, articles are sourced from a wide variety of online publications. To capture the essence…

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Labour Market Information Report Feb 27-Mar 3

LMI Report Feb 27 – Mar 3, 2017 Labour Market Information encompasses material about occupations, wage rates, unemployment rates, employment outlooks and trends, education and training, and economic trends and conditions, as well as developments impacting these elements. For this compilation, articles are sourced from a wide variety of online publications. To capture the essence…

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Labour Market Information Report Jan 30 – Feb 3

LMI Report Jan 30 – Feb 3, 2016   Labour Market Information encompasses material about occupations, wage rates, unemployment rates, employment outlooks and trends, education and training, and economic trends and conditions, as well as developments impacting these elements. For this compilation, articles are sourced from a wide variety of online publications. To capture the…

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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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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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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 Occupational Skills 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 Occupational Skills Training…

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Monica and Occupational Skills 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 Occupational Skills Training? It became clear after living on savings for two years that she had…

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