Archive for the ‘Employers’ Category

May 31st Hot Sheet

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Ever wonder what are our local employers are looking for in a candidate? In Fall 2015, Career Centre staff conducted a survey of local employers to gather up-to-date labour market data. 101 unique employers from various sectors answered the survey and 85% of the respondents plan to hire more staff within the next two years. The top 5 occupations in demand were identified as:
1. Cooks/Kitchen staff: 12%
2. Sales Associates: 6%
3. Servers: 5%
4. Housekeeping: 4%
5. Labourers: 4%
We also asked employers for the top ten attributes/skills that employers were seeking in a candidate and communication/interpersonal skills were at the top of the list. The full summary can be found at For more labour market information and leads see this week’s hot sheet.

July 7th Hot Sheet

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

IWCD, who has the contract to build the Canadian Tire in Parksville is our featured employer of the month on our website. For more information see our latest hot sheet.

January 13th Hot Tip Sheet

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

The Job Shop in Courtenay is hosting an upcoming Construction Information Session which will include representatives from STEP, BC Hydro and InPower BC on Friday, January 16. Public are welcome, but you must phone 250-334-3119 to pre-register. For more event and labour market updates see this week’s hot tip sheet.

November 18th Hot Tip Sheet

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

A couple new initiatives have recently been launched for job seekers:

  • The Industry Training Authority and WorkBC launched a new innovative online Apprentice Job Match tool which will better connect BC apprentices looking for on-the-job training they need to boost their skills and achieve certification in their chosen trade.
  • Starting immediately, British Columbia employers can now apply for the Canada Job Grant, which provides for $15,000 in training for employees, of which the employer contributes $5,000 and the federal government contributes $10,000.

For more information on these programs and other labour market information see our latest hot sheet.

February 3rd Hot Tip Sheet

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Check out the Hot Sheet for the latest job leads and labour market information. Also included in this week’s hot sheet is a link to a new page on our website called the Featured Employer of the Month. Every month we will ask local employers questions about their business and labour needs. This month’s employer is Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort and Conference Centre.

April 15 Hot Tips

Monday, April 15th, 2013

We attended the Port Alberni, Nanaimo and the Retirement Concepts (The Gardens at Qualicum Beach) Hiring Fairs last week. Read our Hot Tip sheet for information from these hiring fairs and more,_2013.pdf.

Employment Standards Workshop Announced

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

As part of Small Business Week (October 15th – October 19th), the The Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce and The Career Centre will hosting a free Employment Standards Education Seminar in Qualicum Beach on Thursday, October 18th, 2012 at 10:30am in the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre.

  • Basic employment standards and rights and responsibilities of employers and employees.
  • The difference between “employee” and “independent contractor”.
  • The definition of “manager” under the Act.
  • Wage rates, paying wages, wage statements and record keeping.
  • Allowable deductions from wages.
  • Hours of work and overtime rules.
  • Time banks and averaging agreements.
  • Statutory holidays and annual vacation pay.
  • Other types of leaves from work, including pregnancy and parental leave.
  • Termination of Employment: Notice or pay? Just cause or not? Quit?
  • Available resources and information on the dispute resolution process.

The workshop is open to all area businesses and pre-registration is required. To register for this free workshop and reserve a space please contact the Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce office by phone at 250-752-0960 or email at

Workplace Training Program: Retail and Tourism

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

This new workplace training initiative directly addresses the current needs of businesses in the Retail and Food & Beverage sectors. At no cost to the employer, the Workplace Training Program (WTP), managed locally by Vancouver Island University, will provide staff training in: customer service excellence, effective communication, problem solving, professionalism and initiative, efficiency, product knowledge and sales (up-selling and cross-selling). This program was developed with the endorsement and input of sector associations and experts. To see if your employees qualify please contact: Nancy Hamilton: 250-746-3573, or Jo Acampora: 250-746-3572,

Get Youth Working Program Visiting the Career Centre

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

The Get Youth Working Program is visiting the Island! The GET YOUTH WORKING! program, funded through the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Agreement, offers eligible employers $2,800 for each eligible youth aged 15-29 they hire.

Come into the Career Centre Thursday, June 14 from 8:30am to 9:00am to find out more about the program.

SET Hiring Fair Highlights

Monday, October 17th, 2011

The SET hiring fair on Thursday October 13, 2011 provided an opportunity to speak with a variety of employers. Following is information gathered from some the employers in attendance:

Claire’s Home Care Services is seeking RCAs and Yard Maintenance/Handypersons. Positions start casual and the applicant must have his or her own transportation.

Express Employment Professionals is a staffing company located at 2025 Bowen Road, Nanaimo (Phone: 250-751-2734) They assist job seekers with temporary or long term employment.

Four financial planning companies were in attendance: Investors Group, Freedom 55, Canada Financial, and Sun Life Financial. Paid training and support is available through most of them, but there are some differences among them. Find more details on each company’s website.

H&R Block will be hiring Tax Professionals and Client Service Representatives soon for the upcoming tax season for their Ladysmith, Nanaimo, Parksville and Qualicum Beach offices. Tax Professionals must have the H&R BlockLevel 1 Tax Course with a grade of 80% or better, or an acceptable equivalent to tax training school. For more information visit your local H&R office.

Labour Unlimited has 10 locations in BC, two of which are on Central Vancouver Island – Nanaimo (250) 716-1760 and Courtenay (250) 897-1073. The first step to working with this temporary labour company is to register in person. Once you are registered it is recommended to show up in person ready to work at 6am when the office opens.

London Drugs was onsite taking resumes and speaking with applicants.

Mount Washington Alpine Resort is hiring for the season. They are hosting a job fair on Saturday, November 5th from 10 to 3pm. For more information on the upcoming job fair and current postings check out their website.

Nanaimo Association for Community Living hires people with backgrounds in the social services to work in a variety of roles helping persons with developmental disabilities. They are also always looking for volunteers, which is a good way to gain experience, call 250-741-9224 for more information.

Nordia Call Centre is hiring for both customer service as well as technical support. Apply online at

Nurse Next Door is currently seeking RCAs and nurses.

Peak Drilling, with its head office located in Courtenay, will be hiring summer camp help starting in March. Interested applicants will be expected to work from the end of April to the end of August. It is long hours of hard physical work and you are in camp for at least 5 to 6 weeks at a time. However, the earnings could be up to $5,000-$8000 month if you have a positive attitude. Resumes can be sent to

RCMP is recruiting and more information is available on their website.

Seicoat, a graffiti removal and concrete & wood stain sealing company is seeking motivated sales staff. A background in construction would be an asset but the main requirement is a positive attitude.

Two security companies in Nanaimo, Paladin Security and Securiguard are hiring for part time and casual roles. Casual work can be up to 40 hours a week. Staff work as loss prevention officers and on mobile units as well as security guards.

A representative from WII–STEP was also present at the hiring fair. WII-STEP can help:
• Connect qualified, job-ready candidates with employers and current employment opportunities
• Provide assistance with reasonable workplace accommodations, if required
To be eligible for this initiative, you must be legally qualified to work in Canada, be prepared to identify the nature of your disability and let us know how to bring out the best of your abilities in the position you are applying for. You must also be bondable for many occupations. Currently on Vancouver Island, the employers participating in WII-Step are Black Rock Oceanfront Resort in Ucluelet and Mt. Washington Resort. Visit the Career Opportunities page to further explore employment opportunities WII-STEP is currently recruiting for.

The feedback I got from almost every employer is that a positive attitude is the most important quality they are looking for in a candidate.