Client Success Stories
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I was laid off due to COVID 19 and was unemployed for almost 8 months. I couldn’t find any new job again because of COVID. I came into WorkBC because I needed help with my job search. The Intake Specialist met with me and discussed my interests & skills. I was interested in training as a Class 1 driver and was referred to Grace, the Skills Enhancement Specialist. I met with her and had to do some research to confirm that there were driving jobs available. She was extremely helpful and worked with me to access the financial support I needed to take the training. WorkBC provided me with the support to successfully complete my training and gain adequate experience in order to find the job that I have now. I am currently a bus driver working for Translink.
– C., Client
F.S. came to WorkBC Centre New Westminster after he was laid off from the music industry as a result of the pandemic. He had been working in the entertainment industry for 10 years as a set-up technician. When the pandemic hit in 2020 he became unemployed, only working for a day or a week occasionally. Unable to find work in the entertainment industry, he started exploring his options for securing long-term employment in other industries. A friend told him about WorkBC and suggested that he get in touch with his local centre.
F.S walked into the WorkBC in New Westminster and applied for services. He identified the Construction sector and specifically Hoist Operator as a future career of interest as he would be able to transfer his existing skills. Following his intake, he was referred to a Job Search Specialist who guided him in researching the industry and the job prospects for a Hoist Operator. He identified Hoist Operator as in-demand occupation and acquiring formal training would increase his chances of employability and the ability to compete with other applicants. WorkBC provided financial support for training at a trade school & helped him acquire the Hoist Operator certification.
Following successful completion of the course, he applied to an employer who hired him through a WorkBC Wage Subsidy. The Wage Subsidy helped him to get his first job as a Hoist Operator by covering partial costs for the employer who was providing him with on-the-job training. With the support of WorkBC Centre New Westminster, he is working full time as a Hoist Operator and feeling confident about his future prospects. “I am so grateful to all the staff at the Centre who helped me along, especially Tara & Pushpinder. It is with their support that I’m now working full-time and things are looking up for me.”
I am grateful to WorkBC because they helped me when I lost my job and was searching for employment. I am a person with a disability, and WorkBC provided me with assistance for acquiring much needed assistive technology to help in my job-search. In addition, I received assistance with resume and cover- letter writing as well as job-search strategies, job leads and encouragement on hard days. When I found a job, WorkBC helped me to acquire startup equipment. I thank WorkBC for all the support they have provided me in finding work and preparing to start. I look forward to starting my job, being successful and contributing to society. I am glad that WorkBC programs are here to support people who are searching for employment and improving the quality of their lives.
I came to Work BC as a Single Mother. I was previously homeless due to hardship. I had previous education but couldn’t gain employment in my field do to a lack of work experience. The team at Work BC was absolutely amazing ,I was guided through the process with support. When I was doubtful the team never gave up on me. I was matched with an local employer in the field that I went to school for. Went through the interview and gained a month’s experience before I was hired. I never thought I would be here writing this today. I would truly like to thank Pushpinder and Savion for giving me this opportunity. Now I can show my son that anything is possible.
– J.S., Client
I had been unemployed for one month. My resume was outdated and I had no computer to apply for jobs. I wasn’t having any success on my own. At WorkBC, I was able to use the computers. I received bus tickets, new work clothes, interview practice questions and flyers for upcoming hiring fairs. I found employment within walking distance of my home. Also the job I have is union. I am very happy at my new job.
– B., Client