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The Career Focus program, delivered by Société de développement économique de la Colombie-Britannique (SDECB), is sponsored and funded by Service Canada, which aims to help graduates gain work experience and to help employers meet their staffing needs thanks to a wage subsidy.
Last year, government announced a policy to index the minimum wage to British Columbia’s Consumer Price Index (CPI). Based on British Columbia’s 2015 CPI, the minimum wage this year would increase by 10 cents per hour. With British Columbia expected to lead the country in economic growth this year and next, the government has decided there is room for an adjustment to the minimum wage rate beyond B.C.’s CPI.
“Student aid grants encourage students to study in-demand programs, including the culinary arts, and pursue occupations in under-served or designated communities,” said Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson. “The expansion of eligibility for these three grant programs helps students to access training, get out of debt faster and support the strong, growing and diverse economy of B.C.”
Premier Christy Clark and Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour, made the announcement today while visiting Yellowhead Helicopters Ltd. in Prince George, a previous recipient of the grant for over $244,000 that enabled them to train 40 employees in areas such as engine maintenance, aircraft field maintenance, mountain flying, advanced operational flight training, advanced driving techniques, supervisor training and quality assurance.
Baking (Secondary): Gold: Angela Wu, Windermere Community Secondary Silver: Clarissa Roque, Eric Hamber Secondary Bronze: Kayla Wenzek, Burnaby North Secondary Baking (Post Secondary): Gold: Jalyn Franuelas, Vancouver Community College Silver: Karl Ferian, Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts Bronze: Samantha Wang, Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts Culinary Arts (Secondary):
In March 2016, the unemployment rate[1] in the tourism sector was at 6.0%, which is 0.4% lower than the rate reported in March 2015, and lower than the previous month (February 2016) when the unemployment rate stood at 6.6%. Employment Rate by Tourism Industry Group – March 2015/2016
The tourism sector relies heavily on youth as a source of employees, with over 500,000 Canadian youth working in the sector today. While the Aboriginal youth population is growing, the percentage of youth in the rest of the Canadian population is decreasing steadily. With its reliance on young workers, Aboriginal youth present tourism sector businesses with a significant opportunity to further attract, train, and retain future business leaders.
Students’ eyes were widened with excitement when discovering the possibilities of working “out west” and couldn’t wait to explore BC, gain work experience in BC’s tourism industry, and were even prepared to survive the wild. This is the first time go2HR has teamed up with an organization to promote BC tourism jobs outside of the province. By combining go2HR’s labour market expertise with CCCTA’s passion and knowledge of the region, team members were able to successfully sell the experience of working in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region.
On March 19-20, go2HR attended the ZoomerShow, a consumer show targeting specifically adults aged 45 and older. Baby boomers visited the go2HR booth to learn more about the potential opportunities to work in the tourism industry after retirement, and were encouraged to visit the go2HR job board to find their next job in the exciting and booming BC tourism industry.
To retain an extraordinary temporary international worker, you may want to help them obtain permanent residency through the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). What is the BC PNP? What are some recent program changes that you need to know? To learn more about the BC PNP please click here.

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