QUEST PLUS

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What it is

An employment skills and Environmental Monitoring training program open to unemployed individuals, 18 years of age or older. Participants will gain access to employment assistance services, employability improvement activities and ECO Canada BEAHR (Building Aboriginal Environmental Human Resources) in this comprehensive, engaging 16 week program.  

  

The curriculum of this program is targeted toward assisting workers to acquire the information and skills they need to increase their employability in the modern labour market. The program is ideal for individuals who have experienced difficulty attaching to the labor market due to limited resources for training, lack of job search skills and /or uncertainty around work related goals. The QUEST Plus Program moves participants toward their Environmental Industry employment goals, increases skills and confidence, and provides opportunities to secure ongoing job search supports and additional skills development.

Classroom Based Work

· Interactive and Interesting Group Workshops   

· Individualized Pre-Employment Skills Assessments 

· Essential Skills training in Communication, Time Management, Problem Solving & Goal Setting

· Technical Certificate training from ECO Canada’s BEAHR program: Environmental Core Modules,   Environmental Site Assessment Assistant 

· Practical Field Activities

· Industry related tickets including: First Aid Level 1, Wilderness & Bear Aware, PAL

Job Development Phase

· Job Search Tools & Preparation

· 2 Week Supported Job Search phase designed to assist participants to access training and   connect with employment opportunities 

· Job Lead Sessions 

· Networking Activities and Exposure to the Current Workforce 

· Employer Follow Up Support

Is this program right for you?

• Must be living in BC

• Must be 18 Years of age or older

• Must require new or enhanced skills to successfully transition into new  employment, and live   in an eligible community

·  Must not be a full time student

•  Must be Unemployed, or Underemployed (working less than 20 hours per week)  and looking    to increase employment hours

·  Must not be attached to any other Labour Market Agreement / Labour Market  Development    Agreement funded programs (can still be a client of Work BC)

•  May not be EI clients, eligible for attachment to assistance from Canada Employment    Commission under Part II of the Employment Insurance Act 

•  Must be legally entitled to work in Canada


Individuals demonstrating a need for greater support to obtain employment skills and those who have not received prior employment support or training will be given priority in the selection process.

Eligibility and Participant Selection

Program applicants may be self-referred referred from government ministries or agencies, or from community service providers. Participant selection is based on a combination of a participants’ assessed suitability based on aspects relating to previous learning and employment experience, health and lifestyle, and social factors. All potential participants must attend an information session followed by an intake interview, at which time their suitability for program participation will be assessed. Participants accepted into the program will be those who have the ability to commit to participating in all phases of the program, are seeking work in the Environmental field, are prepared to actively search for employment upon training completion, and who have the ability to participate effectively in a group setting.