WorkBC Centre – Vancouver Midtown
Monthly Newsletter

MAY 2022

New on Get A Job!: 2022 job search trends and how to stand out from the crowd

COVID-19 has impacted so much, and the job market is no exception. From new opportunities in remote work to changes in the recruiting process, there are many things that are unlikely to return to pre-pandemic times. For example, studies show that 17% of companies have already integrated AI-based technology into their HR practices and another 30% plan to do so in 2022. These HR departments are using digital technology to handle everything from screening applicants to conducting virtual interviews.

In this Get A Job! podcast episode, we speak to Lisa McAteer, a recruiter with over a decade of experience, and currently the Manager of Employee Engagement with Impact Recruitment. We discuss the trends she’s seeing in recruitment, and how job seekers can adapt and prepare.

Click here to listen to the podcast. 

Registration now open for Social Skills Group

Offered through the WorkBC Midtown-Adler University partnership and co-facilitated by two doctoral clinical psychology students, this virtual group aims to help participants learn practical social skills to improve quality of communication with others. Social Skills is a structured therapy group where participants are expected to share their experiences and practice their skills within a group setting. 

Anyone is welcome to join but this group will be especially beneficial to those who want to learn strategies to increase their comfort in social settings, as well as those who feel overwhelmed or experience high stress when communicating with others. The group will meet via Zoom on Fridays from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. starting May 20th to July 8th (8 sessions in total).

Click here for more information, including eligibility. To register, please contact your Employment Specialist.

Are you using the WorkBC mobile app?

Don't forget to download the new WorkBC app to your mobile device, which lets you securely message your employment counsellor, view your case details, access the WorkBC job board, track and action items on your to-do list, and more! The app is an extension of WorkBC’s Online Employment Services (OES) portal, and provides a quick, convenient, and secure method to access everything you need.

Click here for more information. The app is free and can be downloaded via the App Store (Apple/iOS devices) or Google Play (Android devices).

Register now for May workshops

Click here to view this month's workshop schedule and to register for workshops via the Client Hub (login required; click "Calendar" on the top menu). Workshops are held virtually with a handful being held in person throughout the month. 

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 dates available

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.


4 May 2022 | 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Dream of one day working with animals? Want to learn more about Granville College’s VTA program, campus life, and student services? This open house offers the opportunity to learn more about the programs, meet instructors, chat with alumni, and hear from guest speakers within the industry.

Click here to register.


9 May 2022 | 1 PM to 2:30 PM

Are you a job seeker in Vancouver and interested in a career with Fraser Health? This virtual info session is for you! Fraser Health is hiring for a range of Health Care positions, including some that require no previous experience or training. Come learn about open roles, pre-qualification criteria, benefits, and the hiring process and timeline.

Click here to register.


10 May 2022 | 10 AM to 4 PM

During the event, you will have the chance to find out details about VCAD's job openings, discuss your career goals, and the benefits of starting a career with VCAD. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to meet with staff, learn about the history of the college, and get to know the campus and the programs on offer!

Click here to register.


11 May 2022 | 7:30 PM

Are you a Registered Massage Therapist ready to join the Myodetox journey and make an impact on people's lives? Are you interested in learning more about Myodetox and why RMTs love working there? This job fair will consist of a speaker panel of Myodetox RMTs who will talk about their experience and be available for Q&A. Myodetox Regional Director Jessie Wong will also speak briefly about our Myo framework and core values.

Click here to register.


19 May 2022 | 11 AM to 1 PM

Get inspired at this panel event, where we’ll be speaking to a range of industry professionals about their career stories, and learning how they got where they are in the IT industry. You will also have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A session in a breakout room with one employer of your choice!

Click here to see a list of panelists and to register.


25 May 2022 | 10 AM to 4 PM

ConnecTra's annual flagship event is back! Join us for disability-focused exhibitors, vendors, resources, guest speakers, and more. The Abilities Expo brings together exhibitors, vendors, resources, guest speakers, and more to further enrich the disability community’s well-being and connectedness.

Click here to register.

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


I-AIDE Program: Office Administration

The Intercultural Ability in Disability Employment (I-AIDE) Program is a 22-week, fully funded training program for Persons with Diverse Ability to pursue careers in office administration. The program includes training in essential skills, employability skills, and occupational skills from Western Community College.

Certifications provided include First Aid, Food Safe, WHMIS, GBA+, Diversity & Inclusion, and Customer Service. Participants also receive various supports, including financial, childcare, transportation, and employment supports.

The next cohort begins May 9th. Click here to register for a virtual info session on May 4th to learn more about the program, or reach out to charanjit.bains@pics.bc.ca

LEADS Program 

WorkBC LEADS is a free employment program for survivors of violence or abuse. The program, offered virtually, helps participants on their journey towards economic independence through employment workshops from a resilience-informed perspecive, supportive group sessions, 1:1 coaching, and more.

The next cohort begins on May 24th. Please email leads_vancouver@ywcavan.org or call (604) 908-1227 for more information and to register.

Introduction to Computer Skills (In-person at WorkBC Midtown West)

Register by May 18th to join this free in-person training that will cover essential computer skills. Click here for a quick self-assessment form to decide if this program is right for you. The training will take place at WorkBC Vancouver Midtown West (300 – 2150 West Broadway) on May 24th to 27th.

To learn more and register, please connect with your Employment Specialist. The deadline for registration is May 18th. 


Production ramps up at Animal Logic's Vancouver studio

Animal Logic is recognised as one of the world’s leading independent digital production studios, producing award winning design, visual effects, and animation for over 30 years. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, Animal Logic opened a second animation studio in Vancouver, Canada in September 2015 to work on a slate of animated feature films with their creative partners at Warner Bros. Pictures. The studio quickly grew to over 300 artists, practitioners, and support staff to work on The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, which was released in 2019.

Six years later, the studio has continued to work on a full slate of projects, including DC League of Super-Pets, with Dwayne Johnson starring as the voice of Krypto the Super-Dog, from director Jared Stern. When Superman and the rest of the Justice League are kidnapped, Krypto must convince a rag-tag shelter pack to master their own newfound powers and help him rescue the superheroes. Years in the making, this epic tale will be released in cinemas on July 26, 2022.

The Vancouver studio is also working on the feature musical adaptation of Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz! Told from the perspective of Dorothy’s beloved companion, the film is directed by Tony Award winner, Alex Timbers.

With all this activity and more unannounced projects in the pipeline, the studio has “opportunities across a broad range of skills, from specialized computer graphics such as Animators and Rigging Artists, to project management skills including Production Coordinators, to more technical and software development skills like Pipeline TD and Software Engineers,” said Recruitment Supervisor, Jimmy Ockey. “A common theme among all these roles is a strong sense of collaboration and the commitment to produce high-quality work. We’re all about great work with great people at Animal Logic, and we’d love you to get in touch and join the team.”

View all available jobs on the Animal Logic website and if you’re interested in finding out more about working at the company, check out the Animal Stories video series.


Mohammad's success story

Mohammad was a WorkBC Midtown client who was unemployed for a year and a half. He was working as an Assistant Development Manager for a land development company, which was also his first professional job in Canada, when his contract ended during the pandemic. Prior to this contract, he had been working in a grocery store even though he had 10 years of professional experience as an architect overseas. Through his friends, he learned about WorkBC. According to Mohammad:

WorkBC helped me revise and prepare my resume, and guided me through application processes. WorkBC employees also conducted mock interviews so that I could perform better in an actual interview. Finally, they also provided me with Wage Subsidy marketing letter, explaining the employment subsidy that will be issued if I am selected by an employer.

With the support of WorkBC staff, including industry connections fostered by one of the Centre’s Job Developers, Mohammad was invited to several interviews for roles connected to his professional background. Ultimately, he received an offer from an architecture firm and is now back on track with his career.


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