New program offers staff training

Free Rein Associates helps employers provide upgrades for low-skilled employees.

Free Rein Associates is offering a new pilot program to help train and support employees in their work environment.

It’s estimated there will be about 160,000 vacant trade jobs in the next five years, and over three-quarters of all jobs by 2019 will require at least some post-secondary education. To give low-skilled employees a chance to move up and fill these jobs, the new $3-million Target Skills Shortage Pilot Program is helping local businesses and non-profit organizations with less than 100 employees identify eligible candidates, develop training plans and access funding for training.

The project targets four high-growth sectors: transportation and warehousing, manufacturing, health care and social assistance, and professional, scientific and technical services.

“It will help get them in the employment market where they can enhance their knowledge and hopefully improve their ongoing chances for secure employment,” said program leader Sar Robson.

“To increase employee motivation, job satisfaction and morale among employees is always an ongoing challenge for every organization. This is a good thing to show these employees how you can support them.”

Through the program, up to $1,500 per employee or $7,500 per employer is available to pay for tuition fees and purchase training services, books, manuals and other study materials.

The pilot runs until March 2012 and is expected to serve at least 1,200 low-skilled employees in B.C.

The Target Skills Shortage Pilot Program is administered by the Association of Service Providers for Employability and Career Training (ASPECT), in partnership with local service providers throughout the province. Funding is provided by the Canada-B.C. Labour Market Agreement.

For more information, contact Free Rein at 604-869-2279.

 

Just Posted

Group forms in Hope to respond to homelessness, trauma and addictions

Homelessness Action Response Table (HART) full of local, regional, provincial movers and shakers

B.C. man facing first-degree murder charge in death of Belgian tourist

Amelie Sakkalis’ body was found on Aug. 22 near Boston Bar

New ‘meowyoral’ race featuring felines announced by Chilliwack animal shelter

Organizers hope the cat election will generate attention for both the shelter and municipal election

UFV hosts revitalized Literary Festival featuring some of its previous writers-in-residence

Taking over Mission’s festival, UFV hopes its Literary Festival will be just as popular

Friends and family remember Paul Kaji with a skate in his honour

Hope skater and community member passed away August 2017 of fentanyl poisoning

B.C. RCMP turn to Const. Scarecrow to shock speeders into slowing down

New addition will watch over drivers from a Coquitlam median for first-of-its-kind pilot in Canada

B.C. home to 1/3 of Canada’s overdose deaths in first 3 months of the year

There were 1,036 overdose deaths in the first three months of the year, with 94 per cent accidental

B.C. candidate moves from hospice care to council race

He beat terminal cancer twice and entered hospice when he decided to run for council.

Canadian tobacco exec pushes back against vaping health concerns

A warning from Interior Health about the unknown health risks of vaping is getting a partial rebuke

Ministry of Agriculture commits $300,000 to help B.C. farmers obtain land

B.C. Land Matching Program supports access to affordable farmland for young farmers

Lower Mainland city calls for slower trains near popular beach

Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner said ‘it’s the least we can do’

Canadian air force short 275 pilots

Attrition outpaces recruitment and training claims Air Force

Teacher suspended after physically shushing, saying ‘shut up’ to student

Grade 5 student reported feeling ‘confused and a little scared’

A B.C. society helps to reforest Crown land after wildfires

Forest Enhancement Society of BC focuses on wildfire mitigation and the reforestation

Most Read