Archive for the ‘Training’ Category

Employment Skills Access Programs

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Unemployed? Employed with no recognized certification or university degree-level education? Vancouver Island University (VIU) continues to receive funding from the Province for the Employment Skills Access (ESA) program. VIU offers training programs that are specifically selected to help unemployed, non-Employment Insurance clients and employed individuals requiring skills-upgrading to gain or improve employment.

Tuition and materials are available for participants that meet the criteria of the ESA program. Following are the current programs offered through EAS funding:


Introduction to Culinary Arts Program

This 12-week program will provide students with the skills and knowledge required to fill entry level culinary and food service positions.


Marine Operator Training Program

The participants will gain knowledge and skills that meet the standards as outlined by Transport Canada to work on, and operate a commercial vessel.

Shellfish Aquaculture Technician Training Program

This six week course is for those interested in developing skills and knowledge for a successful career in the shellfish aquaculture industry.

For assistance in developing your education and career goals and to learn more about the ESA program contact The Career Centre at 250-248-3205 to register for an information session.

Aspect Targeted Skills Shortage Program

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

This new program has been created for small business through the Canada – British Columbia Labour Market Agreement. The TSSP is focused on helping small businesses and non-profit organizations grow the potential of their low skilled employees by providing access to funded training for eligible staff.

What is the Targeted Wage Subsidy Program (TSSP)?

Designed to help small business (fewer than 100 employees) grow the potential of their low-skilled workers by funding recognized training needed by organization. Their eligible employees can have grade 12 but nothing beyond that led to recognized certification.

Each eligible employee can access up to $1500 to be used towards training courses that are specific to the employee’s workplace need. The maximum an employer can receive is $7500 so they can have multiple employees in training.

Eligibility

Organization – Must identify with one of the following sectors:
- Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
- Healthcare and Social Assistance
- Transportation and Warehousing
- Manufacturing

Employee
- Grade 12 or less
- No recognized certification
- Can only participate once

Process

- Meet with Targeted Skills Shortage Program Coordinator to determine eligibility and establish training requirements
- Training Coordinator to arrange for courses and schedule – plan can be modified
- Employee takes training
- Employee must receive certification of some nature
- Employee must be at arms-length from training provider
- PCTIA preferred
- Cannot access if on wage subsidy

Who to contact

Kendall Currie
ASPECT Targeted Skills Shortage Program
Steele O’Neil & Associates, Inc.
4805B Mar Street, Port Alberni, BC V9Y 8J5
Ph: (250) 724-4560 Ext. 230 Fax: (250) 724-4565
Email: kcurrie@avemployment.ca

Pre-Employment Baking Program

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Vancouver Island University is offering a 14-week baking program that will give you practical entry level baking skills in breads, pastry and pizza. Fourteen seats are available for this program and financial support for tuition and textbooks is available for those applicants that qualify. To be eligible for this program applicants must unemployed and not have an active EI claim or have received EI benefits in the last 3 years. The program runs from April 18 to July 25th.

For more information about this exciting training opportunity check out the baking poster.

Training Opportunities at VIU

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Vancouver Island University continues to receive funding from the Province for the Employment Skills Access (ESA) program which supports unemployed people in attaining skills and training. This funding provides more direct access to general employment and skills upgrading opportunities for unemployed people who do not have an attachment to Employment Insurance (EI). Program participants can draw on a wide-range of vocational, certificate and workplace-based training programs to support their education and career goals.

For assistance in developing your education and career goals and to learn more about the ESA program contact The Career Centre at 250-248-3205 and arrange a meeting with an Employment Consultant.

Heavy Machinery Operating Training for Women

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Always been interested in learning how to operate heavy equipment? Vancouver Island University (VIU) will be offering a 20-week program to train women to become Heavy Equipment Operators starting November 29th to April 29th, 2011. Twelve seats are available for this program and financial support for tuition and textbooks is available for those applicants that qualify. Basic qualifications are that the applicant must be unemployed and not have an active EI claim or have received EI benefits in the last 3 years. Employed individuals may qualify if they do not have a GED or other skilled training.

For more information about this exciting training opportunity check out the VIU website.

Fall/Winter VIU Continuing Studies Calendar Now Online

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

The Fall/Winter Calendar for the Centre of Continuing Studies at Vancouver Island University is now online. A variety of courses are offered, including required entry level training, often required by employers, such as Foodsafe, Serving It Right, First Aid, Basic Bookkeeping and WHMIS.

Thinking of upgrading? The fall/spring Adult Basic Education Calendar is also online.

As well, an Esthetics and Two Nail Technology Certificate programs will be offered at the Parksville Campus: Esthetics (start date: April 5, 2011); Nail Technology (start date: November 23, 2010); and Artificial Nail Technology (start date: January 20, 2011. On Monday September 20th from 6:30 to 8pm there will be a free information session for these programs at the Parksville/Qualicum Centre. Call the campus at 250-248-2096 for more information.

Hard copies of the Continuing Studies guide will be available starting September 2nd at the Parksville/Qualicum Centre, 100 Jensen Avenue East, Parksville.

Grow Your Employees’ Potential

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Is your small business interested in growing your employees potential? If your business has fewer than 50 employees and has one or more employees who have not completed high school and/or lack essential skills you may qualify for the ASPECT Small Business Employee Training Program.

Whether you want to increase employee motivation, improve your businesses adaptability to market changes, or reduce employee turnover, ASPECT’s Small Business Employee Training Program can help. The program is focused on helping small businesses maximize the potential of their growth employees by providing them access to funded training courses that are tailored to the needs of small businesses and their employee(s).

Space is limited so don’t miss the opportunity to receive free training for your growth employees, including access to a minimum of 5 online learning opportunities. Contact me today to find out if your business qualifies for the ASPECT Small Business Employee Training Program.

For further information please contact one of the following:

Jack Tieleman: jack@globalvocationalservices.com
Stephanie Dancevic: stephanie@globalvocationalservices.com
Kelly Compton: kelly@globalvocationalservices.com

Global Vocational Services Inc.
401-17 Church Street
Nanaimo, BC V9R 5H5
Phone: (250) 753-3667

New VIU Continuing Education Calendar

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

The Spring/Summer Calendar for the Centre of Continuing Studies at Vancouver Island University is now online. A variety of courses are offered, including required entry level training, often required by employers, such as Foodsafe, Serving It Right, First Aid and WHMIS.

If you are interested in getting into the health care field at an administrative level a Hospital Unit Coordinator and Medical Office Assistant Certificate will be offered in September 2010. One of the pre-requisites for these certificate programs is Medical Terminology and Anatomy & Physiology offered through Continuing Education starting in April. Basic Medical Terminology, a prerequisite for the Sterile Supply Technician Certificate Program, is also scheduled from March 2nd to April 8th.

Two Return to School Bursaries Available

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

The Canadian Federation of University Women, Parksville-Qualicum, will be rewarding two bursaries of $2000 in late July 2010 to two female students from District 69. Interested applicants must be resuming their education immediately following an absence of at least two consecutive years. They must be registered at an accredited Canadian school/college/university where the award will be paid to the registrar for the 2010/11 academic year. Applications must be received by June 1, 2010. Click here for more information and the application form

VIU Open Door Week & Information Sessions

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Have you always been interested in what goes on in a university classroom? This week you have a chance to find out. Vancouver Island University (VIU) is hosting Open Door Week Monday, January 25 to Friday, January 29, 2010.
“VIU teaching faculty from all areas and all campuses are opening their classroom doors so that other faculty, staff, students, and the public can come in to open a dialogue about teaching and learning.” More information, a schedule of participating classes and a map of the campus can be found on the VIU website page on Open Door Week.

Also to find out more on the specific programs VIU offers check out the calendar of VIU information sessions. Although many of these programs don’t start until September, now is the time to think about submitting your application for admission and these information sessions can provide you with more details on the process.