WorkBC Centre – Vancouver Midtown
Monthly Newsletter

MARCH 2022

Extended hours at WorkBC Midtown Centres starting this month

Beginning March 7th, WorkBC Vancouver Midtown East (Mount Pleasant) and Midtown West (Kitsilano) Centres will be open during the following business hours:

Midtown East

Monday – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m
Tuesday – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Friday – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Weekends and Statutory Holidays – Closed

Midtown West

Monday – 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m
Tuesday – 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday – 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Weekends and Statutory Holidays – Closed

Both Centres will continue to provide services in person, over the phone, and virtually. At this time, group workshops are still being held via Zoom unless otherwise specified (currently, a handful of workshops are being offered in person).

Please note that proof of vaccination will be required to attend in-person group workshops.

Follow us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram) for the latest updates. Questions? Please connect with your Employment Specialist.

New podcast episode: Considering self-employment? Find out what resources are available

Many people dream about being their own boss, opening up their own business and being self-employed. A recent survey actually found that 30% of “traditionally employed” Canadians expect to transition to self-employment in the next two years. But where do you start?

In this episode, we chat with Lynne Brisdon (Manager, Self-Employment Program at YMCA of Greater Vancouver), Mike Plumb (Owner at Dusk N Dawn Adventure Co. and WorkBC Centre alumni) and Andrea Welling (Regional Director BC at Futurpreneur Canada) about self-employment and entrepreneurship in Vancouver, and where you can go for help to get your business off the ground.

Click here to listen to the podcast.

Survey: What workshops do YOU want to see?

We'd love to hear your thoughts to help us develop new workshops that meet your needs!

Click here to complete a quick (3 questions) survey. When you complete the survey AND provide an email address, you will be entered into a gift card draw, which enables you to have a chance to win a $25 e-gift card (select from 70+ retailers).

The survey will close on March 31st, and the gift card winner will be selected in April.

Click here to complete a quick survey to help us improve our workshop delivery!

Youth Job Seekers (16-30): Register for Baristas Training Program, get free training & work experience 

The next cycle for the Baristas Training Program for youth aged 16 to 30 will run from April 12th to May 19th (6 weeks) – apply today!

The program will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons, enabling participants to receive three employment certifications, plus employment workshops and support, a $75 weekly training allowance, and a $100 certificate completion bonus. Click here to view the program poster for more details.

Apply now by emailing a resume and cover letter sharing why you're interested in the program to baristas@pcrs.ca.

March Workshop Schedule

Click here to view this month's Workshop Calendar.

If you have a Hub login, you can also RSVP (register) directly for most workshops.

No Hub account yet? Contact your Employment Specialist.



Multiple dates available in March

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 dates available in March

Register for one of three available online info sessions this month to learn more about the YMCA of Greater Vancouver's Self-Employment Program. Click here to visit the program webpage, and click on the link below to register for an info session.

Click here to register.


Multiple dates available in March

Are you exploring careers or looking for a job? Register for this free workshop, which introduces you to VPL's extensive job and career resources. Everyone is welcome. (Please note that this workshop is intended for individuals currently residing in British Columbia.)

Click here to register.


5 Mar 2022 | 10 AM to 12 PM (Dates also available for April and May)

Ever thought about becoming a police officer? Well, now's your time...come and learn what it takes! The VPD offers a myriad of exciting career opportunities within a supportive and rewarding work environment, where all employees can thrive and reach their full potential while making a difference.

Click here to register.


5 Mar 2022 | 10 AM to 4 PM 

Guardteck is hiring FT/PT Security Guards for shopping malls, retail stores, residential buildings, commercial buildings, construction sites and special events. At this hiring event, you will be meeting with hiring manager and learning about our opportunities. You could be working for us the day after your interview.

Click here to register.


5 Mar 2022 | 10 AM to 4 PM

Hosted by SFU's Student Marketing Association, MIF: Shift enables participants to explore the inner workings of the marketing industry, and to hear the unique stories of and advice from 25 industry professionals. The event is a unique opportunity to connect with local marketing professionals, get a glimpse of the industry, and source insights to improve your career.

Click here to register.


9-11 Mar 2022 | 12 PM to 3 PM

ABURI Restaurants, parent company to MIKU at Waterfront and MINAMI in Yaletown, is seeking back of house team members to join their sushi and kitchen team at their newest retail concept called Aburi Market, located in West Vancouver. The company is looking for enthusiastic and motivated individuals to join their team!

Click here to register.


10 Mar 2022 | 1 PM to 4 PM

Notre événement Speed-Jobing 100% en ligne met en relation les employeurs de la Colombie-Britannique avec des immigrants qualifiés bilingues : nouveaux arrivants francophones ou immigrants qualifiés avec le statut de résident permanent; souhaitant s’établir de manière permanente sur le marché local de l’emploi, tout en gardant les avantages de son format unique.

Click here to register.


4 Apr 2022

YWCA Job Futures 55+ is a free 10-week employment program that prepares workers who are 55+ to achieve sustainable employment through skills training and employment supports. This program is hosted by the YWCA Metro Vancouver.

Click here to register.

Be sure to follow our social media accounts for more events throughout the month!


Public Works Technician Training

Public Works Technician Training is a free 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, building maintenance, fire protection systems, and more.

Upon completion of the training and work experience, participants will be registered as Provisional Public Works Technicians by ASTTBC and will be supported towards full certification after one year of supervised public works employment.

The next cohort begins on March 28th. Click here for more information and to register.

WorkBC Self-Employment Program

Do you have a business idea? Are you unemployed and looking for a different way to make a living? The WorkBC Self-Employment program can help you gain the right knowledge, tools and resources to start your own business today!

Click here for more information or connect with your Employment Specialist.

Autism CanTech! (ACT!)

Douglas College in New Westminster is hosting a unique HybridFlex version of Autism CanTech!, an innovative program for youth (ages 18-30) on the spectrum who want to work in the computer and technology sectors.

This fully federally-funded program includes one semester of course work at the Douglas College campus to prepare participants for a two-month work experience upon course completion. ACT! provides a chance to experience college life and make new friends, all while training for a rewarding career.

The next cohort begins on March 28th. Click here for more information and to register.

Fast Track to Manufacturing (F2M)

F2M is for young newcomers (17-29 years old) who are looking for a rewarding career in the rapidly growing manufacturing field. In partnership with Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, participants will gain access to over 2500 leading employers in the sector.

Through plant tour during the training, participants have the opportunity to meet potential employers and see the actual working environment. After 6 weeks of paid online training, all participants will be offered full-time permanent positions with one of the participating employers.

The next start date is on April 4th. Click here for more information and to register.

Warehouse & Forklift Training: Material Handling 4.0 Training Program

Are you interested in earning $19-$25/hour as an entry level warehousing/logistics professional? You may qualify for VCC’s fully funded Material Handling 4.0 training program! Material Handling 4.0 (MH 4.0) is a comprehensive nine-week training program that provides employability and vocational skills training to prepare participants for a variety of entry-level warehouse roles.

The next start date is on April 4th. Click here to view the program poster.

Skills for Today's Workplace Program 

Have you been impacted by violence and/or abuse as an adult or child? The Skills for Today's Workplace Program is here to help. This free program offers 11 weeks of individualized employment planning and training, employment preparation workshops, short-term Occupational Skills Training, counselling services and acccess to community supports, work experience placement, and more.

The next start date is on April 4th. Click here to view the program poster.


Kelly's Story: "One week after passing my Board Exam, I was able to secure a full-time positon"

I was employed in the Hospitality industry and worked for the Marriott Hotel. Due to the pandemic, I was laid off and was not able to find employment for months. I was not able to find employment in any other industry since I did not have any experience outside of the Hospitality industry. I decided to seek help from WorkBC to possibly explore a new career direction and training.

I was very fortunate to have Elisha Osborne as my case worker. She helped and advised me on what professions are in demand to allow me to seek future career growth. She was very patient and guided me to find the right educational institute. She was very helpful and sympathetic to my situalton, which really helped with my mental health because I was feeling very stressed at not being able to find employment.

At this point in time, I had used up all my savings on rent and food and only had $5 remaining in my bank account. Elisha was able to help me with financial support for day-to-day living from WorkBC so that I can attend school while not being employed.

Recently, I graduated from Discovery Community College's Dental Assistant Level 2 program with a 94% average. I passed my board exam and am now a Certified Dental Assistant. One week after passing my Board Exam, I was able to secure a full-time positon. I am forever thankful for all the help and support provided to me by Elisha and WorkBC.


Daily Hive: 10 hard-to-fill jobs in Vancouver that pay over $80k

Click here to view the article.

Forbes: Hiring And Recruitment Trends To Expect In 2022

Click here to view the article.


Multiple positions available: Ocean Import Agent, Air Import Agent
Bolloré Group
View posting #1 
View posting #2


Supervision Aides
Vancouver School Board
View posting (On-call positions are also available)

Multiple positions available: Oil and Gas Security, Industrial Security, and more
View postings

Sales Development Representative
Diligent (Galvanize)
View posting

Executive Assistant
View posting

Multiple positions available: Software Engineers (Intermediate, Senior, Staff)
Bench Accounting
View postings

Production Coordinator
Atomic Cartoons
View posting

For more postings, please visit our Job Boards on the Client Hub.

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