WorkBC Centre – Vancouver Midtown
Monthly Newsletter



Even if 2023 is already a couple of days old, we wish our clients a happy and healthy year.

Have you set up your New Year's Resolution yet? If so, good luck with achieving the goals you've set up yourself.

Our own New Year's resolution is to assist as many clients as possible with career planning and employment services, etc.

Find out more about the FREE services we provide. Click here to register via the Client Hub (login required; please contact your Employment Specialist if you don't have a Client Hub account yet).

Software and Web Developer Diploma: Register now!

Intake Start Date: January 16th, 2023 (29 weeks program)

This program is for students to learn the coding languages: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Students then broaden their skill set with a strong foundation in SQL, C#, and the .NET Framework which will lead to additional opportunities in the world of software development. Students gain hands-on experience with a range of software development projects that build in complexity.

Apply to the Program here. If you have questions about the program, please call 604-324-7733, EXT: 247, or email: aly.hassan@pics.bc.ca

Graphic Design Diploma Program: Register now!

Intake Start Date: February 6th 2023 (29 weeks program)

This program is to provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge about software programs that every professional designer needs to know: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Students learn techniques for creating digital images, illustrations, and layouts, and they develop a strong theoretical foundation in color, typography, and composition. 

Apply to the Program here. If you have questions about the program, please call 604-596- 7722 ext. 412 or email angela.jeon@pics.bc.ca

Register for January workshops

Click here to view this month's workshop schedule via the Client Hub! Workshops are held virtually with a handful being held in person.

No Hub account yet? Please contact your Employment Specialist to create an account or to get registered for workshops.



Multiple events/dates available

Are you exploring careers or looking for a job? Check out these free workshops and events hosted by VPL's Skilled Immigrant InfoCentre, including Career and Job Search Tours, Canadian Workplace Culture and Communication, and more!

Click here to register.


Lunar New Year Celebration

 Jan 17, 2023 | 1 pm to 4 pm

Celebrate Lunar New Year with puppets, stories, songs, and crafts.

Click here to learn more and register.


Vancouver Career Fair

Jan 24, 2023 | 3.30 pm 4.30 pm

Meet Face to Face with Vancouver’s Hiring Companies, Government Agencies, Employment Advisors, Community Services, Colleges and Universities, Associations, and Organizations. Connect with specialists in employment, career development, entrepreneurship, training, and education across British Columbia.

Click here to learn more and register.


Inclusive Hiring Fair 

 Jan 25, 2023 | 2.30 PM to 5 PM

This in-person Inclusive Job Fair is where jobseekers meet & connect with employers. Discover a new employment opportunity with  UBC Student Housing and Community Services, Connective, Parq and City of Vancouver. 

More information is coming. Stay tuned!


Indigenous Considerations for Newcomers to Canada

Jan 27, 2023 | 1.00 PM to 2.30 PM

Have you ever wondered about the Indigenous artwork around Vancouver? Do you want to know whose land the City of Vancouver is on? Join us for a newcomer-friendly introduction to Indigenous matters in Vancouver. We will cover land acknowledgments, Truth and Reconciliation, common terminology, Indigenous art and architecture, and more. Question and answer session included.

Click here to learn more. 



Feb 6, 2023 | 10:00 am to 3:30 pm

The PICS Mega Job Fair is coming again! The Mega Job Fair has taken place for over 15 years and is a highly successful event in the Lower Mainland.

Click here to learn more.




Public Works Technician Training is a 16-week Project-Based Labour Market Training Program (PBLMT). Participants will receive training and work experience in occupational skills related to public works, working safely, use of tools and equipment, environmental best practices, as well as maintaining and repairing roads and sidewalks, water systems, sanitary and storm sewer systems, building maintenance, parks and recreation facilities, and fire protection systems. Essential skills specifically related to public works will be embedded throughout the training along with life skills.

Nest intake starts on March 20th. Click here to learn more and register.

Eligibility: Please check with your case manager/ employment counselor.

Medical Laboratory Assistant Diploma

Self Rise Training Society in partnership with Cambria College is accepting applications for the Medical Laboratory Assistant (MLA) training. This program provides a solid theoretical and practical foundation in the application of current medical lab theory, tools, processes, procedures, and practices. Offers full-time training with in-person sessions at Surrey Campus.

The program begins on January 30th. Click here to learn more. 

Eligibility: Please check with your case manager/ employment counselor.

Food Service Assistant training for persons with Disabilities

Food Service Assistant Certificate Project for Persons with Disabilities provides 23 weeks of training in theory and practical food services delivered by experienced and qualified instructors. This program includes 16 weeks of food service occupational-specific skills training through on-the-job work experience.

The program's starting date is April 17th. Click here for more information.

Eligibility: Please check with your case manager/ employment counselor.

Electrical Joint Training Committee’s Security Systems Technician Training

This is a full-time program consisting of twenty-five weeks of employability and skills training, four weeks of on-the-job work experience with local employers, and one week of follow-up support to prepare participants for employment in the security systems industry in the Lower Mainland region.

The starting date is February 27th. To register/ check your eligibility please contact your case manager.

Community Support and Mental Health Worker Program

Dual credentials program: Certificate in Community Mental Health and Community Support Worker Diploma. That includes 25 weeks of classroom training plus 6 weeks of practicum and 2 weeks of employment support. Successful graduates will have credentials to work as a Community Support worker and/or Community Mental Health Worker.

The starting date is January 16th. Click here for more information and to register.

Eligibility: Please check with your case manager/ employment counselor.


Varun’s story: "Had I not come to Work BC, the same pattern of dismissals from jobs would have continued."

An Autism-centric recruiting agency referred me to Lauri Stone, a case manager at Vancouver Midtown location. Lauri told me she could help me with the necessary training and placement support to put me in a suitable job. She offered me support through diagnostic assessments, counseling sessions and job placement. It was very promising, so I signed up.

Firstly, I was given an opportunity to have a diagnostic assessment done by a psychologist. The assessment meetings went well and I received a formal diagnosis of being on the Autism Spectrum. I felt relieved knowing more about myself and felt validated. Earlier, I was putting off this diagnosis through private channels due to financial constraints, but WorkBC was generous to cover the cost. After this, I started sessions with a therapist which has helped me. These were covered by WorkBC as well. It makes a big difference for me; having a low income over the past 1 year I could not have self-paid. It feels like a lifeline. Around the same time, I received guidance from an employment facilitator to shape my resume. It turned out that initially my resume was not edited and formatted well for the kind of jobs I was applying through WorkBC (mostly warehouse worker-like roles). Finally, my case manager Lauri kept me in the loop about vacancies that came through RWA(Ready, Willing, and Able). Within 3 weeks, I was placed in a warehouse on a 2-month contract. Laurie set up my interview and visited me during the first 2 weeks to see how I am doing. She engaged my team supervisor and management to understand my needs. We all agreed to a common understanding and each other’s expectations.

Now I work at a Warehouse in Richmond, BC. I liked the workplace and the work. I feel less vulnerable than in my earlier jobs thanks to Lauri's support! I can be who I am spend my day without worrying of the future. My therapist and psychologist's evaluation has certainly helped me succeed at this job. Had I not come to Work BC, the same pattern of dismissals from jobs would have continued.


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Vancouver Midtown East WorkBC Centre
110 East 3rd Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5T 1C8

Vancouver Midtown West WorkBC Centre
300-2150 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6K 4L9