WorkBC Centre – Vancouver Midtown
Monthly Newsletter

JUNE 2021

WorkBC Explained: Training Programs

Increase your chances of landing your dream job – upgrade your skills with the help of WorkBC's Training Programs! Check out the latest episode of WorkBC Explained for a quick overview of the two main types of training programs offered through WorkBC Centres – Short Term Occupation Certification (STOC) and Long Term Training – and how these can help you achieve your career goals.

Click here to view the video, which can also be shared with your network and contacts if you know of anyone looking to upgrade their skills!

Get a Job! Podcast: "What's going on in the BC Labour Market?"

Ever wondered where certain industries in BC are heading, or what the labour market even is? In this latest episode of Get a Job!, we speak to the Publisher of the BC Labour Market Report, Christian Saint Cyr, and Senior Operations Manager of WorkBC Tri-Cities, Soudabeh Rafiei, about their predictions of the BC Labour Market, where they see long-term changes and shifts, and how you can use this labour market information as an invaluable tool to plan your job search.

Click here to listen to the podcast.

Spotlight: WorkBC Midtown Job Board via the Client Hub

Looking for the latest postings for jobs located in and around the neighbourhood? Make sure you're signed up for the Client Hub, our free online platform and resource exclusive to WorkBC Midtown case-managed clients.

The Client Hub includes access to valuable tools, such as the Workshop Calendar (with self-registration enabled for most workshops) and a frequently updated internal Job Board. The Job Board features active job postings ("Hot Jobs"), meaning these job leads come directly from the connections we've made with local employers.

Our team of Job Developers works closely with employers, enabling your application to go directly to hiring managers without having to compete with hundreds of other people to get your resume noticed (or even get screened out by a computerized system!).

Click here to access the Job Boards. If you see a job that interests you, message the Job Developer responsible for the posting using their e-mail address listed on the same line as the job.

New to the Hub or want a refresher on how to utilize the features available on the platform? Click here to watch a quick Client Hub Demo + Tutorial.

Register now for upcoming virtual Learning Labs

Learning Lab: Virtual Interview Skills on Thursday, 10 June at 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Join this lab to fine-tune your interview skills and land the job you want! We’ll cover:

  • Common interview questions & the opportunity to practice your answers
  • How to set yourself up for success in virtual interviews
  • Navigating interview challenges
  • Preparing for virtual job fairs
  • Salary negotiation

Bring the interview questions you struggle with the most and polish your answers with the help of staff and other participants in interactive breakout rooms. If you can, please bring a specific job posting or job goal in mind.

Learning Lab: Post Interview Best Practices on Friday, 18 June at 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The lab will answer the following questions:

  • How and when should I thank an employer after an interview?
  • How and when should I reach out if I don't hear anything back after an interview?
  • How do I decide who to use as a reference?
  • How can I deal with a potential bad reference?

Click here to register for the Learning Labs.

Please note: a Client Hub login is required to register for workshops. Please contact your Employment Specialist if you do not have a Hub login.

Youth Job Seekers (16-30): Apply now for next Baristas Training Program cohort

Applications are now open for the next cycle of the Baristas Training Program for youth (aged 16–30)! The upcoming cohort starts on July 6th and will run until August 12th. 

This is a great opportunity for youth to get paid training, gain certifications, and develop job and life skills. The program is currently being offered online via Zoom on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Click here to view the poster for more details. Send your resume and cover letter to baristas@pcrs.ca to apply now.

June Workshop Schedule

The calendar can now be viewed via the Client Hub! If you have a Hub login, you can also RSVP (register) directly for most workshops:

WorkBC Midtown Client Hub – Workshop Calendar



8 June 2021 | 1 PM to 2 PM

If you're looking for work in the commercial cleaning industry, don't miss this virtual event on June 8th to learn more about Alliance Maintenance Ltd. The company is hiring for Building Cleaning Specialists for full-time work with benefits provided. Learn more about the company, position, and hiring process. 

Click here to register.


11 June 2021 | 11 AM

Presented by Whalley WorkBC, this online information session and hiring event features two renowned companies: Robert Half and Goodfood! With more than 20 years in the Vancouver marketplace, Robert Half’s international reputation for excellence draws experienced candidates in the areas of finance, accounting, technology, marketing, office support and administrative jobs. The company is hiring for Admin/Office and Accounting positions. 

Goodfood is a leading online grocery service in Canada, delivering fresh meal solutions that make it easy for members from coast to coast to enjoy delicious meals at home every week. They are hiring Packers, Labelers, Forklift M/C Operators, and Quality Assurance staff.

Click here to register.


23 June 2021 | 12 PM

Que Pasa Mexican Foods started out as a street-front deli in Vancouver in 1983. In 2012, Que Pasa Foods joined the Nature’s Path Foods, one of Canada's Top Employers. Both were independent and family-owned companies with a deep social and environmental commitment to organics and sustainability. Que Pasa is looking to hire a Quality Assurance Technician and a Packaging Associate – don't miss this event to learn more about the company, its career opportunities and the hiring process!

Click here to register.


23 June 2021 | 2:30 PM

Established in 1982, Great Little Box Company is a family-owned leading manufacturer of Labels, Corrugated Boxes, Folding Cartons, Digital Packaging, Protective Packaging, and the distribution of Shipping Supplies. The company is looking to hire Material Handlers, Production Helpers, Estimators, and Label Packaging Specialists. During the event, you will learn about the company, career opportunities, employee perks, and job application tips.

Click here to register.


24 June 2021 | 1 PM to 2 PM

Canada Post is an exciting place to work, and you can be part of it! Canada Post delivers billions of items to Canadians each year – and you can be a big part of making this happen. As a temporary, on-call Delivery Agent (also known as a Letter Carrier), you’ll be the face of Canada Post in your community and make sure customers and businesses get the mail and parcels they’re waiting for. Join this Virtual Hiring Fair for Canada Post Letter Carriers from the comfort of your home.

Click here to register.


24 June 2021 | 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Intercity Packers is the largest meat/seafood distribution company in Western Canada and part of Gordon Food Service (GFS) Canada group of companies, recognized by Forbes magazine to be among Canada’s Best Employers in 2021. The company is currently hiring for: Inside Sales/Customer Service Representative, Administrative Assistant, Culinary Product Development Specialist, Quality Assurance Technologist, Warehouse Forklift Operator, Production Worker, Meat Cutter/Butcher, Fish Cutter and Filleter, Machine Operator, and Delivery Service Representative. Come learn about these positions, employee perks, and the hiring process.

Click here 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. 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 cohort begins on June 7th. Click here for more information.

SAHARA Employment Program for Racialized Men

The SAHARA program takes a supported employment approach to help racialized men facing barriers find their place in the labour market. Participants have the opportunity to earn while they learn.

The program offers participation allowance and tuition fee support, workshops and one-to-one coaching, skills training, opportunities for paid work experience, and a $250 bonus for completing 3 months’ of employment or post-secondary education.

The program starts on June 14th. Click here more information, including Eligibility Requirements.

Virtual Customer/Digital Skills Training Program

Offered by Douglas College in partnership with OnTrack Corporate Training, the Virtual Customer/Digital Skills Training Program begins on June 14th and will run for 17 weeks. 

The program is designed to prepare clients for employment in a variety of in-demand occupations, including: Receptionist, Data Entry Clerk, Administrative Assistant, General Office Support Workers, and Sales/Account Representatives.

Click here for more information, including Eligibility Information and Info Session dates.

Fast Track to Technology Careers (F2TC)

Get certified to work in some of the most in-demand tech jobs today. Join this free program and receive a diploma in Web Development or Data Science in only 12 weeks. Once certified, you'll receive support to connect with employers on the path towards employment.

The first cohort starts on June 21st. Click here for more information, including who's eligible to apply and how to apply for the program.

Learn to Code

ComIT is a registered charity that offers 3-month part-time courses to people interested in careers in IT and are experiencing difficulties finding a job. The program teaches basic logic required to code and coding languages such as Java, .Net, and React among others.

Soft skills and help with networking are also included in the program. The courses are offered free to qualifying students. Click here to learn more and to access Scholarship applications.



IRL Construction:
"We look for individuals who have a passion for construction, safety, learning, and progressing their career"

In November 2011, William Donnellan opened IRL Construction located in the heart of Olympic Village. Having been a Carpenter for many years in his native Ireland, Donnellan stayed true to his trade and decided to start a small business in his new home of Vancouver – a business that has grown into an acclaimed company within the city’s dynamic construction industry. “I truly believe that I haven't worked a full day for years. I believe this as I enjoy what I do so much,” said Donnellan. “It cannot be classified as work.”

IRL Construction has three main divisions to meet clients’ needs: Skilled Labour, Special Projects, and the Safety division. “We have over 60 in-house individuals specialized as Carpenters, Carpenter Helpers, Apprentices and Skilled Labourers,” said Aaron Lacey, Human Resources and Workforce Specialist of IRL Construction. “They are all certified and experienced to oversee a project from the beginning to end.”

Under the Special Projects division, the company specializes in Concrete Formwork and Framing, including the installation of walls, roofs, floors, doors, windows and hardware for commercial, residential and industrial buildings. Meanwhile, the Safety Division is managed by qualified Construction Safety Officers (CSOs) and provides in-house, on-site training with certification in accordance with provincial regulations.

As the construction industry continues to thrive despite the pandemic, IRL Construction is looking to expand their team. The company is hiring Skilled Labourers, as well as Carpenters with 5 or more years of experience. New hires complete an in-house training program and are eligible for a comprehensive benefits plan after 3 months. “We look for individuals who have a passion for construction, safety, learning and progressing their career,” said Lacey. “Our team works hard, but we also like to ‘let our hair down’ so we look for people who also know how to have fun.”

Interested in a career in construction? Click here to visit the IRL Group website.

To learn more about and apply for either the Skilled Labourer or Carpenter position, please send your resume to KGeronimo@vmesc.ca.


Abdullah's story:
"I am working a full-time job as an Engineer in Training"

I was on Parental Leave. When I decided to go back to work, I was told that the company I was working for was closed. I become unemployed for a month. I heard from friends with similar situations about their experience with WorkBC and how it helped them find opportunities. I also saw an advertisement about WorkBC, so I decided to try it.

The challenges I faced included not having much Canadian experience. I did not know how to present myself in my resume or in an interview. I also did not know what titles I should look for that suit my previous experience, as well as what companies I should target in my job hunt.

When I came to WorkBC, I was shocked with the support and information I got from my Case Manager. He knew about the registration process with Engineers and Geoscientists BC (EGBC) and encouraged me to proceed with my technical exams. He explained to me how much potential and opportunities I will get if I become certified engineer. I also received lots of advice on how to build my resume and cover letter. My Case Manager also advised me on the proper titles I should target in my job hunt.

I finished my technical exams and have become an Engineer in Training (EIT). Now, I am working a full-time job as an Engineer in Training, the same job that WorkBC helped me to find.

Abdullah Toumeh, WorkBC Midtown client


2D Compositing Artist
Bardel Entertainment
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Community and Communications Manager
Bardel Entertainment
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Graphic Designer (Ecommerce)
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Multiple positions available 
Vancouver Native Housing Society
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Multiple positions available
Glen Recruiters
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Inventory & Warehouse Team Member
Cocktail Box
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Food Services Manager
Compass Group
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Multiple positions available: Graphic Designer, Software Developer, Customer Service Executive
Please email AHsu@ywcavan.org for full job postings

These are just a few of the jobs in our jobs database, which is continuously being updated. For more job postings, make sure to get signed up to 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