Learn more about some of our most frequently asked questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
- A Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident, or protected person legally entitled to work in Canada
- A BC Resident
- Unemployed or Precariously Employed
- Not a full-time students
- Not actively participating in or receiving financial supports from another provincially or federally-funded labour market program
- Must be interested in and ready to engage in skills training and employment
- Facing 2 or more barriers to employment
This program is designed to support people with multiple barriers to employment. Barriers can look quite different in each person. Below are some of the barriers that could be impacting your ability to find meaningful employment
- Housing instability
- Recovering from addiction
- Prior criminal justice involvement
- Mental health challenges
- Lack of social networks and connections
- Lack of recent and/or Canadian work experience
- Limited literacy skills
- Limited English language skills
- Low self-esteem
- Low income
- Young adult at Risk
- Older Worker
- Survivor of violence and/or abuse
- The appointment typically takes 45 – 60 minutes.
- During this pandemic the intake interview is happening via Zoom. Please make sure you find a space that you can complete this interview without interruption, if possible
- Be prepared to come every day. This program runs 5 days per week for 6 weeks. Times vary depending on the needs of the cohort but typically classes will run for 2 hours in the morning, then 2 hours in the afternoon, and a break for lunch between
- Once the 6 weeks of training have been completed we will work with you to find employment that meets your needs, whether that is full time or part time.
- Once the group based training ends, there is still the employment placement and support you receive from Back in Motion. We will be with you on your journey up to 3 months after finding a job
- We need to prove your identity so any documents such as Driver’s License, BCID, PR documentation, Passport or Birth Certificate
- If you have a resume, bring that along as well
- Any questions you may have for us to answer
- We offer the program in three different locations:
- Richmond #110-6651 Elmbridge Way
- Surrey #240-7525 King George Blvd
Vancouver #208-333 East Broadway
- Richmond #110-6651 Elmbridge Way
During this ongoing pandemic we are running our program virtually, using tools such as Zoom. We welcome people from all over the province but we will return to in-class activities as soon as it is safe to do so.
Skills for Life and Work provides training for individuals around finding and keeping employment. The following categories are addressed during the six weeks of training:
- Employment Counselling
- Training plans
- Needs assessments
- Job Readiness Skills
- Workshops in group settings
- Skills Training
- Soft Skills
- Essential Skills
- Occupational Skills
We try to match everyone with the career goals that they have with individualized training plans. Skills for Life and Work is designed to support people with the following:
- Full or part time employment
- Entry level in a variety of sectors
- The following is a list of targeted sectors
- Customer Service
- Hospitality and Food & Beverage
- General Labour and Warehousing
- Business and Administration
- Although we are focusing on the above sectors, we do try our best to support individuals with a variety of sectors on an individualized one-on-one basis.
- Yes. You will get certificates in
- First Aid
- Food Safe
- Others are considered
- We will provide a certificate for completing the 6 weeks of training as well
- We will absolutely be staying in touch with you when you finish the cohort training. We are here to support you into employment and on the job for up to three months
- That’s great. We will work with you and the employer so you can complete your training and keep your new job as well
- All participants will be given a transportation allowance to get to and from classes
- Currently all classes are done virtually and can be done from home
- No. This is a completely free program to help you find and keep a job
- It is okay to miss some classes due to appointments such as doctor’s appointments or job interviews.
- There is an attendance requirement but exceptions can and will be made on an individual basis
- Although no one cannot guarantee a job, we can absolutely guarantee opportunities for interviews and placements
- Our job developer will work with you to provide you with a variety of opportunities
- Everyone will still need to pass a job interview with a prospective employer
- Class sizes vary from cohort to cohort but we try and keep classes smaller for individualized attention with no more than 10 per class over 3 locations.
- A basic computer/laptops that can run word processing software, Zoom and has internet access
- Tablets are not ideal but we can get by if the correct software is on it
We are so thankful to have such amazing program members who have taken the time to share their experiences with us.
"I think this program covered a number of my work experiences that makes me a strong candidate for job. I would also like to assure you that I am very excited about the opportunity here..."
"...I am very fortunate to that I have come to know a very helpful, skilled, and supportive person like you who shed the light on the pathway I must walk on so I can rediscover myself and the world around me..."
"...I was worried that I am not eligible for this program but when I was accepted into the program I felt that I am very lucky person to be accepted into this program..."
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Located in Vancouver, Surrey and Richmond
Monday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Friday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
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