WorkBC Centre – Vancouver Midtown
Monthly Newsletter


New Podcast Episode: Dealing with job loss

Whether you get laid off or are fired, losing a job can be a devastating time for individuals, both financially and emotionally. In this episode, we chat with Christine Campbell Rapin, CEO, Business Coach and International Best Selling Author, to discuss what steps you can take if you ever find yourself in this situation. We cover everything from self-care to how to navigate tricky questions in job interview about your previous position to moving forward, and more!

Click here to listen to the podcast.

Video recap: Missed the Breaking into the Vancouver Job Market virtual event? Watch the video here!

Hosted in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library and Skilled Immigrant Info Centre, the Breaking into the Vancouver Job Market virtual event was offered to provide helpful information for newcomers who are currently looking for work in BC. If you missed the event, no worries! Visit the link below to watch a recording of the event, where you’ll hear from employment experts about how to break into Vancouver’s job market and work towards the career you want.

Click here to watch the virtual event recording.

Register for August 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 dates available

Register now to learn more about the WorkBC Assistive Technology Services (ATS) Program and funding available for assistive technologies in BC!

Click here to register.


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.


August 9, 2022 | 11 AM to 12 PM

Purdys Chocolatier is looking to hire! Join this virtual hiring event to learn more about the company, positions available, and about WorkBC services (presented by WorkBC Burnaby).

Click here to register.


August 9, 2022 | 1 PM to 4 PM

Shaw invites you to this networking event, where you will have a chance to learn more about the team and organization, and connect with leaders in a group interview. This will be your opportunity to share your professional and personal skills in a conversational setting.

Click here for more information, including required skills and experience, and to register.


August 9, 2022 | 6 PM to 8 PM

Hosted by BrainStation, this multi-disciplinary event will explore the fastest-rising jobs in tech, including the growth of software engineering and web development, what skills are most important for success in the field, career paths, and more!

Click here to register.


August 17, 2022 | 10 AM to 2 PM

WorkBC Vancouver Northeast is proud to partner with four amazing employers (Vancouver Coastal Health, Longview, Milani & Wall Centre) for an in-person hiring event for refugees! Click on the link below to register and attend the event on August 17th (10 AM to 2 PM) at the WorkBC Vancouver Northeast Centre (2555 Commercial Dr, Suite 312, Vancouver, BC).

Click here to register.


August 20, 2022 | 1 PM

Register now for this exciting in-perosn hiring fair hosted by WorkBC Surrey! Employers attending include: Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, AP Canadian Immigration services, Sun Rich, Glen Recruiters, and Glen Traffic. 

Click here to register.


August 23, 2022 |1 PM to 2 PM

Amazon is seeking candidates in the Lower Mainland for Warehouse Fulfillment Associates and Sortation Associates. Join this virtual hiring event to learn more about the available positions, hiring process, benefits, and more! 

Click here to register.


August 23, 2022 | 2 PM to 4 PM

Back in Motion is hosting an Open House (in person) to provide an opportunity for anyone interested in the Warehouse Abilities Program (i.e. the community partners and potential clients who have disability and are considering warehouse jobs) to learn about available services with a casual presentation and tour. You can drop by and network with the Back in Motion team or other community partners if you wish, while enjoying some light refreshments.

Click here to register.


ACES Program: Lash Lift and Brow Lamination Certificate (For youth jobseekers aged 15-30)

Connectve’s ACES program provides support and training to individuals (15-30 year sof age) who are facing multple barriers to employment, with the goal of supporting people to secure and maintain meaningful work. Partcipants receive employability and life skills workshops, certficates and skills enhancement training, and supported work experience.

The program dates are August 14th and September 18th. Lunch will be provided (please specify any dietary restrictions). Click here for more details.

Industrial Sewing Training Program 

The Industrial Sewing Training Program is a 19-week Project-Based Labour Market Training Project (PBLMT). Participants will learn industrial sewing techniques, essential and employability skills, and work experience. This course is designed to prepare you to be employment ready as an Industrial Sewing Machine Operator in the rapidly-growing BC apparel and soft accessories industry!

Start date is August 15th. Click here for more information. 

Hospitality Operations Certificate Training Program 

The Hospitality Operations Certificate Training Program is an 18-week training program + 4 weeks of practicum. Participants will learn Hospitality Operation occupational skills, essential and employability skills, and gain work experience. This course is designed to prepare you to be employment ready for a variety of positions in the hospitality and tourism sector as these industries are growing rapidly in BC.

The program starts on August 15th. Click here for more information.

Technology and Business Certificate Program 

This is a fully-funded program that enables participants to become effective players in the business community. Discovery Community College is offering this Project-Based Labour Market Training Project (PBLMT) that will provide learners with the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to work in a variety of technology and administrative roles.

Start date is August 22nd. Click here for more information.

Public Works Technician Training

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.

The next cohort begins on August 29th. Click here for more details. 

Micro-certificate: Supportive Care Assistant Program

Avail of free long-term health training at Vancouver Community College (VCC)! This Micro-certificate on Supportive Care Assistant Program is tuition-free, offers paid work experience, has flexible online learning options, and offers the possibility of a $5,000 stipend to complete a Health Care Assistant certificate after graduation.

The program begins on September 6th and continues until December 12th. Click here for more information. 

Crisis Response and Mental Health Worker Training Program 

This Crisis Response Worker Certificate Program is designed to provide students with skills, knowledge, and attitudesrequires to work as a Crisis Response & Mental Health Worker in a variety of community settings. Graduates areprepared to work in areas such as community social service agencies, support services, group home settings, shelters,harm reduction, community enforcement and security.

Program starts September 5th. Click here to learn more. 

Veterinary Assistant Diploma

This is a 22-week program that is offered full time and in person. The progrma is 100% government-funded (free) and includes: 1 week of orientation, 15 weeks of virtual and in-person academic training,1 week of certification training, 4 weeks of work experience with local employers, and 1 week of job support. The program will prepare participants to work as a Veterinary Assistant.

Program start date is September 5th. Click here for more details.

YWCA Discover 

YWCA Discover is a free, 44-week Early Childhood Educator Basic (ECE) certificate program, delivered by YWCA Metro Vancouver, Sprott Shaw College and WorkBC Centres. It will provide participants with the skills and competencies they need for a career as an ECE, in line with industry standards.

Start date is September 6th. Click here for more information.

Green Energy Installer Program 

The Green Energy Installer Program is a free, 16-week, full-time program that will train participants to become residential and commercial installers for renewable energy projects (e.g. solar, wind, EV chargers). The program will be delivered in person. Weekly allowance is available for eligible participants.

The next intake begins on September 12th. Click here for the program poster. For more information, please call 604-596-7722 ext. 611 or email pblmt@pcrs.ca.

Material Handling 4.0 Training Program 

VCC is offering the no-cost Material Handling (Logistics) program to those who are interested to work in warehouse and distribution. The program is government-funded (includes free tuition, books, supplies, and transportation). It runs for 9 weeks (7 weeks training+ 2 weeks of paid work experience).

The program begins on October 3rd. Click here for more information. 

Short-Term Occupational Certifications (STOCs) by PICS Employability Training Centre (ETC)

PICS ETC offers employability skills training courses that help a job seeker enter/re-enter the Canadian workforce with required skills, preparing them for success in their career. These fee-based, short-term occupational certifications (STOC) are offered both in-person and online, which makes it easier to acquire the much needed skills at your own comfort.

Click here for more details and course schedule. Funding may be available for eligible clients; please connect with your Employment Specialist directly if you are interested in STOCs.

Specialized Short-term Training Courses by DIVERSECity Skills Training Centre

DIVERSEcity Skills Training Centre is now offering online courses, delivered via Zoom video conferencing, and some in-person training. See our Course Schedule for current offerings and our Viewbook and Course Flyers below to learn more.

Click here for more details and course schedule. Funding may be available for eligible clients; please connect with your Employment Specialist directly if interested.






Jonathan's story:
"I feel valued at my job because whatever I do, I know I am making a positive impact in the community"


For 8 years, I had casual, temporary, part-time, and seasonal work. I was undecided about my career path. I lacked confidence in myself and ended up getting depressed. I took on many low-paid positions in various industries, trying to find a career path but was unsuccessful. I completed a Fine Arts Diploma program, but could not find fulfilling or full-time work in the field of the arts. 

I decided to try the WorkBC Centre when I was in between seasonal jobs and on EI. I heard of WorkBC, and I would pass their advertisements daily as I rode the Canada line. One day as I was riding home, a thought occurred to me: “Why not give it a try? What’s the worst that could happen?” That day, I reached out and contacted WorkBC.

I went to WorkBC because I wanted a change in my life. I wanted more. I knew I had a lot of potential but wasn’t sure how to tap into that potential. I was introduced to my case manager, Sarah. She was kind, courteous, and listened to my problems with a smile. Right from the start, Sarah wanted to help me however she could.

WorkBC helped me in several ways: 1) They granted me access to their new portal system, which provided me with plenty of current, in-demand market resources;  2) Within these resources, I found the monthly newsletter, which had multiple training program opportunities. I ended up choosing the Public Works Technician Training Program; and  3) My case manager helped me out quite a bit to get me into the program. She reviewed the program requirements, checked my eligibility, and switched my EI to the training category, then helped me fill out all the necessary forms.

The Public Works Technician Training program gave me 10 industry-relevant certifications. The program taught me all about industry technology, terminology, equipment, tools, safety, and environment. It provided job obtainment skills, like resume writing and interview practice. They assisted with job/practicum opportunities, and provided financial advice and presentation tips. I learned a lot about the industry and got inside job information. As a result, I knew what to expect and what to be prepared for.

Currently, I am happily employed as a temporary full-time Labourer 1 worker at the City of Burnaby, in their Engineering and Operations Department. I am receiving a good wage with benefits coming after probation. There is also an opportunity for this position to turn into a full-time position.

My coworkers and the other staff are all very friendly. I like it here at the City; it’s a diverse position, where I get to work outdoors and see the city while I work. I feel valued at my job because whatever I do, I know I am making a positive impact in the community. I could not have gotten to where I am today if not for WorkBC and the PICS Public Works Technician Training program.



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110 East 3rd Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5T 1C8

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300-2150 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6K 4L9