Archive for February, 2010

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:
Stephanie Dancevic:
Kelly Compton:

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

New “Using Social Media in Your Job Search” Workshop

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Spring is in the air, time to clear the clutter and also entertain new possibilities. An exciting new tool to assist in your job search is social media. What is social media? It is a way to interact with people through the internet. Millions of people sign onto social media websites, such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, everyday.

Take advantage of the potential to broaden your network and meet new people that may eventually provide you with job leads or employment opportunities. It doesn’t mean spending all day sitting in front of your computer and creating more clutter in your life; in fact, it could reduce the amount of time you spend on the computer. There are programs now, such as Google Reader, that alert you of any updates on job posting sites and other related websites. Instead of going to all those job posting websites, you can just visit one. Using social media for networking and job searching can be a more efficient and proactive use of your time, rather than aimlessly searching the internet for jobs. Market your skills and experience on Facebook, LinkedIn or even create a blog. Use Twitter to quickly create a presence on the internet and also connect with others. Learn more at our new workshop, “Using Social Media for Job Search” Monday March 15th from 1pm to 4pm. Call the Career Centre at 250-248-3205 to register and for more information.

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.

Research Project Offers Career Assistance for Recent Grads

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Are you a recent BC college or university graduate feeling a little lost and looking for a clearer career direction? The Social Research and Demonstration Corporation is conducting a research study to test the efficiency of a new self-directed Web-based career planning tool (CareerMotion) specifically designed to respond to the needs of recent graduates who want to make better use of their skills in the labour market.

This research project is funded by Human Resources Development Canada. To learn more about the study and sign up to participate visit:

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

Interested in Hiring a Student this Summer?

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Attention Employers:

Service Canada has launched its Canada Summer Jobs Program for 2010. Applications will be accepted up to February 26th.

Canada Summer Jobs is federal government program that provides funding for not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create high-quality summer job opportunities for students ages of 15 to 30 who intend to return to their studies in the next school year.

Staff at Service Canada will assess each application based on the eligibility requirements and assessment criteria, including local priorities and a rating scale.

To learn more about the program, a list of local priorities and to download an applicant guide, visit Service Canada’s website

Outdoor Education Leadership Program

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Are you a youth in the Oceanside area (age 18-30) and have always been interested in outdoor recreation leadership? Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Centre (Society) has recently received funding to lead an exciting Skills Link program from March until August, 2010 on Hornby Island.

What is the Outdoor Education Leadership Program about?

The Outdoor Education Leadership Program will give participants an opportunity to:

  • Learn or enhance their outdoor recreation skills
  • Develop their own leadership skills
  • Gain certificates and practical work experience needed for instructing and working in the Outdoor Education and Recreation industry.

    Participants finishing the program could carry on in the same line of work, work in the resort adventure tourism industry or go on to an education career, work in group homes involving youth and outdoor programming, work at a recreation centre or other related fields.

    A maximum of 8 participants will be accepted into the program and starting March 1. Participants receive all training and certifications for free. No charge for accommodation at the Centre during the sessions and help with some travel costs. In addition to other benefits, selected participants will receive an honorarium/stipend of $64 per day.

    To learn more about this program attend an information session at the Career Centre Friday February 5th or Friday February 19th from 9am to 11am. Call the Career Centre today at 250-248-3205 to sign up.