WorkBC Centre - Vancouver Midtown
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WorkBC MidtownAdler University partnership offers counselling, free services for clients

WorkBC Midtown has a unique partnership with Adler University that offers FREE services to participants, including:

  • Life Skills Coaching – individual life skills coaching around problems that clients encounter preventing them from moving towards employment
  • Clinical Counselling – individual clinical counselling for Survivors of Violence/Abuse
  • Assessments – formal assessments of mental health concerns, cognitive abilities, and vocational strengths and challenges
  • Workshops – a variety of groups covering mental health-related topics:
    • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Skills Group (Starting Nov 17) – Learn mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotional regulation, and distress tolerance. Click here to learn more.
    • Managing Emotions for the Workplace – Learn to ways to increase your awareness of emotions, reduce vulnerability to high emotional states, and apply interpersonal skills in a workplace setting. Click here to learn more.

The Adler team is made up of Registered Clinical Counsellors and Doctoral Clinical Psychology students. Find out more at the WorkBC Midtown-Adler webpage. Please contact your Employment Specialist to access services.

Services, programs available for youth job seekers

Our team is proud to provide support to job seekers of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, including youth job seekers ages 16 and up. Whether you're looking for your first job, seeking training opportunities, or wanting to learn more about different career options, our team is here to help you with your career goal.

Click on the photo below to watch a two-minute video outlining our services that job seekers, including youth, can avail of for free, plus information about two youth-specific programs: The Baristas training program and This Way Ahead, offered in partnership with Old Navy.

The video was created as part of TRRUST's Connect2Thrive event, which has been adapted into an online playlist due to the pandemic. Connect2Thrive is an annual event that aims to support youth aging out of care. WorkBC Midtown is honoured to be a part of this year's Connect2Thrive and to support youth in their employment journey.



3 Nov 2020 | 1 PM to 3 PM

Don't miss this exciting online hiring event with leading employer Atira, hosted by WorkBC Vancouver North East. Atira, a leading not-for-profit organization committed to the work of ending violence against women, is hiring for multiple roles including: Front Desk Workers ($16.02 - 17.02), Building Services Worker ($17.38 - $18.21), Tenant Support Worker ($19.66 - $24.09), Assistant Manager ($49,000-$55,000), and Program Manager ($63,000 - $71,000).

Click here to register.


4 Nov 2020 | 2 PM TO 3 PM

Join us to learn more about Shopify's Support roles! The panel includes Shopifolk from the company's Talent and Support teams.You'll hear about life at Shopify, what the day-to-day life of a Junior Support Advisor is like, and we'll share insights about what to expect during the interview process. Register below and receive the webinar link once you've signed up.

Click here to register.


4 Nov 2020 | 10 AM to 12 PM

Virtually meet the VWR International HR team to learn about the company, job descriptions, application process, training opportunities, salary, and benefits. VWR International is hiring for full-time, permanent Production Technicians (Machine Operators). This event is a great opportunity for job seekers to meet with the HR department of one of the biggest companies in the world, and learn about potential jobs and career development. It is also a good learning opportunity to understand about the professional recruitment process and be prepared for a future ahead!

To register, please send an email to vincent.nguyen@success.bc.ca or call 236-880-3250. 


6 Nov 2020 | 11 AM TO 12 PM

TJX is an exciting place to work, and they count on their Associates to bring business to life. Staying true to their open, collaborative culture and core values of honesty, integrity, and treating each other with dignity and respect are top priorities for the group. If that sounds appealing to you, you are welcomed to attend this info session! TJX (Winners, HomeSense & Marshalls) are currently hiring for both full-time and part-time Store Associates and Loss Prevention Customer Service Agents across the Lower Mainland.

Click here to register.


13 Nov 2020 | 11 AM

Join the Online Hiring fair from the comfort of your home computer or your smartphone and meet the recruiters as they talk about their companies and current employment opportunities. For this event, we have the following Featured Employers: Reliance Foundry (hiring Warehouse Workers), Goodfood (hiring Warehouse Workers, Forklift Drivers, and QA), and DHL Express (hiring Warehouse Workers and Courier Drivers with Class 5).

Click here to register.


17 Nov 2020 | 7:30 AM to 4 PM

The BC Healthcare Virtual Job Fair is a free, one-day, online event. This event is open to physicians, registered nurses and allied health professionals interested in exploring career opportunities in BC. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage directly with representatives from Health Match BC, regional health employers, and other provincial partners while learning about the employment, licensing, and immigration processes.

Click here to register.


18 Nov 2020 | 1 PM to 2 PM

Don't miss this free virtual hiring fair with Robert Half, where you'll have the opportunity to learn about the company, its culture, the hiring process, and the roles that they're curently hiring for, including: Accounts Payable Clerk, Accounts Receivable Clerk, Collections Specialist, and Customer Service Representatives.

Click here to register.


18 Nov 2020 | 4:30 PM to 6 PM

CIBC is hosting a free virtual career exploration event where you’ll be able to connect with Mortgage Advisors and Area Sales Managers who are eager to share their stories with you. At this exclusive event, you’ll have the opportunity to hear experts share insights during a panel discussion, learn about CIBC's culture and commitment to community, ask questions, and participate in a virtual networking session.

Click here to register.


Community Healthcare Assistant Training Program

This full-time program consists of 40 weeks of skills training, on-the-job work experience, and follow-up support to prepare participants for employment as Health Care Assistants. The first intake begins on December 14th.

Please click the poster on the left to view more information. To register, please contact your Employment Specialist.

Baristas Training Program

The next cycle for the Baristas Training Program for youth (aged 16–30) is starting on November 17 and is currently accepting applications. This is a great opportunity to get paid training, gain certifications, and develop job and life skills. The program is currently being offered online via Zoom. Click here to view the poster for more information.

Apply now by emailing your resume and cover letter to Heather at baristas@pcrs.ca.

Tech Training for Persons with Disabilities (for youth between the ages of 1530)

This full-time program consists of five weeks of essential skills training, up to five weeks of occupational skills training, four weeks of on-the-job work experience, and one week of follow-up support.

Participants will be prepared for employment as technicians in either the Fire Protection (FP), Low Voltage (LV) or Underground Utility Locator (UL) field. Living supports will be provided to participants at the rate of $300 per week.

Please note that this project is only available to clients who meet the following criteria:

  • Self-disclosed intellectual disability
  • Youth between the ages of 15–30 years
  • Reading and writing
  • Essential Skills Numeracy Level 4
  • EI-eligible

The first intake begins on November 9th. For more information, please contact your Employment Specialist.



“I certainly never thought I’d open a grocery store one day, but marine biology took me to so
many places where I could see the effect of pollution close up. We had a lot of frustration in our
personal lives because a lot of the waste we were creating came from food, so that’s where we
wanted to start tackling it.” – Brianne Miller, Co-Founder & CEO, Nada

Nada is an online package-free grocery delivery service on a mission to connect people to just food, championing a community-focused food system by linking buyers to suppliers and offering healthy, local, and unpackaged products. As a women-owned, empathy-led, and community-oriented business, Nada is focusing their efforts on making a small but mighty impact for the betterment of the community.

What started as a small pop-up shop outside Patagonia Vancouver transitioned to a brick-and-mortar store on the corner of West Broadway and Fraser, then to an e-commerce package-free grocery model. Nada is no stranger to catering their business to serve its customers with a model that is deeply rooted in combating plastic pollution and food waste, and to changing the way people think about consumption. Nada is a proud certified B-Corporation and a 1% for a Planet member, donating 1% of top-line revenues to grassroots environmental organizations.

Nada plans to expand the operational side of the business and is seeking applicants to join their team. They are committed to inclusion and diversity, and welcome all applicants including, but not limited to, Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, all religions and ethnicities, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ persons.

Click here to view the job posting for Nada's latest employment opportunity and stay tuned for more in the months to come!




Roger's story:
"I received two job offers on the first try"

I worked for five years as a General Maintenance Technician. I got suspended and eventually laid off from false accusations. It took a long time to recover. I applied for EI and received benefits for the maximum allotted time. I was very discouraged...I was unemployed for about 18 months before coming to WorkBC.

For the initial intake and orientation, I met with an Employment Specialist; she provided me with a menu of services and referred me to a Vocational Counsellor, who I met with for a few months. He was patient, and we met frequently to confront my challenges and build back my confidence.

With the help of a Job Developer at WorkBC, I also explored my options and received job search support. The Job Developer I was assigned to arranged and took me to interviews. I received two job offers on the first try!

I have been working as a Framing Carpenter (Level 2) for the last year. I believe this opportunity is one of my biggest accomplishments. I was reluctant to return to carpentry because of my age, but each month I was able to gain back my confidence.

–Roger, Midtown East WorkBC client

Andréa's story: "I've gone on to not just transform my own life, but also the lives of other entrepreneurs" 

I have successfully run my business for 25 years, but ran into some massive life obstacles that took a huge amount of energy to navigate. I needed some help in repositioning my business, making new contacts, re-establishing my professional position, and moving up to a much higher capacity. Some of the things that had happened to me had shattered my self-identity, and I needed to regain confidence.

Encouraged by friends – a lawyer and a psychologist – who had accessed WorkBC and said that their professional and executive lives had improved, I thought I'd give it a try. My WorkBC Employment Specialist encouraged me to lean into my lived experience. When I told her my plans for changing direction and the work I had done to do so, she told me anyone who had heard the obstacles I had navigated and the doors I had opened for others would want to help.

I felt pretty uncertain at that point...but she told me that being vulnerable and leaning into my experience was the way forward. My consultant referred me to a major government program that works with entrepreneurs and said that they would see the value I could bring. Very quickly, I found myself flipping from client to service provider for the referring organization. I have repositioned as a social impact and social finance consultancy for government and industry entrepreneurship programs, incubators and accelerators, although I still work with individuals.

No longer having to hide behind difficulties, I've been able to turn experiences into a point of strength. It has been tremendously satisfying to bring trauma-informed practice into the business community, just as COVID and more discussion of oppression for various groups have come to the forefront. I'm glad my Employment Specialist supported me to take those risks and didn't shrug me off as an MBA who was going to do just fine on my own. From just a few touch points, I've gone on to not just transform my own life, but also the lives of many other entrepreneurs.

–Andréa, Midtown West WorkBC client


Sub Contractors
TInter Pave Precast Systems/Playspace Adventures
Vancouver, BC
(Please contact your Employment Specialist for more information)

Junior Support Advisors (3-month contract with opportunity to extend)
Vancouver, BC
View posting

Quality Control Inspectors
New Westminster, BC
View posting

Support Workers
Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver
Vancouver, BC
View posting (Please contact you Employment Specialist for additional postings)

2D Designers
Atomic Cartoons
Vancouver, BC
View posting

Various positions available (Support Workers, Maintenance Staff, Front Desk Staff, Recruitment Specialist)
Vancouver, BC
View postings

For more job postings or to apply for any of the above positions, please contact your Employment Specialist directly.

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