Job Seekers

Looking For Work?

Whatever stage you’re at in your job search or career-planning journey, we’re here to support you. With a newly renovated Self-Serve Resource Centre and Youth Resource Centre, a helpful team of advisors and case managers, and an array of free workshops and services, WorkBC North Okanagan is here to help you succeed!

If you’re searching for a job, check out our Job Search Websites page.

Self-Serve Resource Centre

Access a host of tools and resources to help make your job search and career planning easier and more successful.

Our recently updated space in downtown Vernon lets you enjoy independent access to:

  • Assessment tools
  • Computers and the Internet for job search activities
  • Information about other community services
  • Local labour market information so you can see the companies and industries that are hiring and learn more about them
  • Post-secondary information
  • Resume and cover letter templates

You may also qualify for job search and job start supports.

Workshops

Enhance your skills, opportunities and employability with these group workshops for case-managed job-seekers.

  • Job Action (5 days)
  • Creating Career Possibilities (4 days)
  • Passport to Employment (4 days)
  • Choices Workshop (5 days)
  • Discover Yourself (1 day)
  • Workplace Communication (3 days)
  • Let’s Talk – Making Difficult Conversations Work (1 day)
  • Build Your Resume (3 hours)
  • Money Smarts (3 hours)
  • Bridges (8 weeks – 4 intakes per year)
  • Employment Skills (6 weeks Kindale Developmental Association)

All workshops promote an environment of respect and positivity so you feel welcome and supported on your career-planning journey.

Employment Counselling

What are your job search or career goals? We’re here to help you discover vibrant industries and roles that suit you, and support you on your journey.

Along the way, we offer you guidance and access to career planning, training, work experience, job search coaching and more to help you achieve your goals.

Keeping Work

We’re here to support you and your new employer to help ensure a successful job placement. Access custom supports, job coaching, workshops and 52-weeks of follow-up support.

Self-Employment

Do you dream of owning your own business? If you have a business idea, the determination to make it a reality and you meet eligibility requirements, WorkBC’s North Okanagan Self-Employment Program may be for you!

Over the course of this free 48-week program, learn how to develop and implement a business plan, receive personal business coaching and gain self-employment skills through a variety of workshops as you work toward the launch of your business. In addition to the free training, while you’re getting started you may be able to access funding for living supports, dependent care, transportation and disability supports.

Customized Services

Achieve your employment goals with tailored employment support for both you and your employer. If you have complex needs and require additional support, our Employment Advisors are here to help you find work that suits you and help you stay with that employer.

Eligible job-seekers are:

  • Case-managed clients who require a higher level of intensive support.
  • BCEA clients who have been designated a Person with Disabilities or meet the Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers (PPMB) criteria. BCEA clients participating in the Customized Self-Employment option must also be eligible for the Self-Employment Program (SEP).

Customized Services are also a potential path for eligible job-seekers whose goal is to become self-employed.

Specialized Services

Experience a job search journey marked by support to meet your unique needs at every step. From youth at risk and people with different abilities to immigrants, survivors of violence and Indigenous Peoples, we’re here to help you find work with compassion and care.

Specialized Services include:

  • Culturally sensitive services
  • Specialized assessments
  • Access to foreign credentialing and prior learning assessments
  • Services in French and other languages
  • Language and sign language interpretation
  • Counselling for survivors of violence and/or abuse
  • Assistive technologies and other disability supports
  • Workshops and services targeted for youth
  • Custom employment placement services

Skills Training

Would earning a certificate or gaining skills help you get work? Our Skills Training opportunities help you gain the skills, upgrading or certification you need to qualify for work in some of BC’s most in-demand industries.

For eligible job-seekers looking to secure year-round employment, short duration Skills Training opportunities (less than 120 hours) may include:

  • Final year of an occupation-specific degree program if the client has been working in that field and is now unemployed
  • Trades training for Foundation Trades Training programs (pre-apprentice/entry level trades training), and level I of classroom training
  • Training specific to the Aviation and Commercial driver industries
  • Work placements or practicums as part of a course curriculum as defined in the StudentAid BC policy manual
  • Courses such as Class 1, Heavy Equipment Operator, Basic Accounting

Apprenticeship Services

Are you an apprentice about to participate in the classroom component of your technical training? If you meet Employment Insurance (EI) eligibility requirements, you may be eligible for financial support from WorkBC.

Apprenticeship Services financial support may include:

  • Living Supports to assist with basic living expenses, such as food, shelter and utilities
  • Dependent-care or childcare expenses if this is a new cost due to participating in training
  • Commuting costs for daily commuting to and from the training location
  • Travel costs for relocation to a temporary residence while in training at the beginning and end of training
  • Disability related costs if this is a new cost due to participating in training
  • Living away from home costs to maintain a temporary residence during training

Youth Resource Centre

This is where North Okanagan youth come to search for work and receive job search support in a fun and helpful environment just for young people!

If you’re a job-seeker aged 16-30, visit our Youth Resource Centre to access job search computers, job postings, resume help, workshop calendars and more. #GetTheJob

Grand opening Sept. 19, 2019. Open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 :30 pm.