NDP MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard says skills training will help people in Comox Valley get back to work 

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COURTENAY – New Democrat MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard says people whose jobs were affected by COVID-19, and those in vulnerable or underrepresented groups, will be able to access new training and job opportunities to find their place as our economy recovers from COVID-19.

“For people who face challenges finding employment, a job can mean stability, safety and the opportunity for personal growth,” said MLA Leonard. “We’re investing in people, allowing them the chance to reinvest back in themselves, their families, and their community, and build the strong foundation for our economic recovery.”

Many programs are already underway and additional training opportunities will start in the next few months. Programs being offered in the Comox Valley include:

  • The Vancouver Island Vocational and Rehab Services offering a pre-employment program to 35 persons with disabilities. This program is supported by an investment of $209,395
  • North Island College will offer Multi-Industry Trades Exploration and Employment and Automotive Collision and Refinishing Technician Foundation Program to a total of 32 people, supported by investments of $179,320 and $165,720, respectively

MLA Leonard says a total of $95 million has been allocated to organizations around the province that provide skills training and employment services to over 9,000 people. This investment includes both provincial and federal funding through the Canada-B.C. Workforce Development Agreement.

This is part of the New Democrat government’s Economic Recovery Plan to help thousands of people upskill or reskill and find good, sustainable jobs. These programs complement a provincial investment of $20 million earlier this year for short-term training projects to help people enter or rejoin the workforce.

Learn More:  https://news.gov.bc.ca/25086

If you are an employer seeking funding to train new or existing staff, see B.C. Employer Training Grant:  https://www.workbc.ca/Employer-Resources/BC-Employer-Training-Grant.aspx

If you are unemployed and looking for a program that can help you get back on your feet and into the labour market, see STE Economic Recovery Programs: https://www.workbc.ca/Training-Education/STE-Economic-Recovery-Programs.aspx