Programs

General Requirements for All Programs

Clients must EITHER currently


Have a claim for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits,

Have EI reach back benefits that ended within the previous 60 months;


or 


Who have EARNED more than $2000 in insurable earnings and paid employee EI premiums on those earnings in at least 5 of the last 10 years.

(Note: the 5 years do not have to be consecutive years) 


and


Must be PR, Citizen, Protected Refugee (with court’s decision).


Clients can find this information on their past T4 slips Box 24


Contact Service Canada  1-800-206-7218 from 8:30am-4:30pm

CHOOSE FROM OUR MANY PROGRAMS

Western Business Network, Meshroad Marketing, Vancouver

Health Care Assistant


Cambria College - Vancouver

A fully funded program through a community partnership with:


  • The Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction


  • YWCA Metro Vancouver


  • PICS (Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society)


  • Cambria College


All are Welcome to Apply, but priority focus groups are newcomers to Canada and youth. Support for language assistance will be provided.


PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS


  • Currently receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits or Reachback, have had a EI Benefit within the previous 60 months or have earned more than $2000 in insurable earnings and have paid Employee EI premiums on those earnings in at least 5 of the last 10 years (Note: the 5 years do not have to be consecutive years)


  • Must be PR, Citizen, Protected Refugee (with court’s decision).


  • B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent, or mature student status 19 years of age


  • Criminal record check (in accordance with the Criminal Records Review Act)


  • Referred by a WorkBC centre with an Action Plan


  • IELTS (Academic or General) or


  • TOEFL or


  • CAEL or


  • CELPIP (Academic or General) or


  • CLB PT


  • CELBAN


BENEFITS


  • Graduates of the HCA Diploma program are eligible for registration with the BC Care Aid and Community Health Worker Registry


  • Completion of Workplace Violence Prevention Modules


  • Guaranteed job interview with potential employers


  • Morning and afternoon classes


CERTIFICATES


  • FOODSAFE Level 1 Certificate


  • Standard First Aid with CPR C Certificates


  • Student Practice Education Core Orientation Certificate


  • Provincial Violence Prevention for Health Care Workers Certificate

COHORT START & END DATES


Cohort 2: November 23, 2020 – July 2, 2021


Health Care Assistant

Western Community College - Surrey/ Abbotsford

Western Community College with Community Partner PICS are pleased to offer Health Care Assistant Program. The HCA track Program is 100% funded by the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction for all eligible candidates. Participants will qualify for work experience in Complex Care, Acute Care, Home Support, Assisted Living, Group Homes and Adult Care 


PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS


  • Currently receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits or Reachback, have had a EI Benefit within the previous 60 month or have earned more than $2000 in insurable earnings and have paid Employee EI premiums on those earnings in at least 5 of the last 10 years (Note: the 5 years do not have to be consecutive years).


  • Must be PR, Citizen, Protected Refugee (with court's decision)


  • Meets BC Care Aide Registry Entrance Requirements


  • IELTS (Academic or General) or


  • TOEFL or


  • CAEL or


  • CELPIP (Academic or General) or


  • CLB PT


  • CELBAN


BENEFITS


  • Graduates of the HCA Western Community College Program are eligible for registration with the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry 


  • Weekly Living Supports (EI and Up to $300 a week) & Mileage Paid


CERTIFICATES


  • Privacy and Information Sharing


  • Violence Prevention


  • WHMIS


  • Food Safe


  • Medication Management


  • Palliative and Dementia Care

COHORT START & END DATES


Cohort 2) November 30, 2020 – April 5, 2021


Cohort 3) March 1, 2021 – July 5, 2021

Graphic Design & Web Development


This Diploma program focuses on preparing participants to work in a variety of graphic design and web development positions. Upon successful completion graduates will able to secure entry-level employment, for example as junior graphic designers, digital illustrators, layout specialists, graphic artists and design software specialists.


Participants will gain hands-on experience/ skills through the following:


This program will be delivered online and will give students theoretical knowledge and the hands-on skills necessary to be successful. Students will create a portfolio that showcases their professional graphic design talents utilizing the theoretical knowledge and hands-on skills in industry standard programming languages, database design and application, fundamentals of object oriented programming, C sharp, visual basic, HTML, PHP, JavaScript, web design and photoshop.


PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • Currently receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits or Reachback, have had a EI Benefit withing the previous 60 months or have earned more that $2000 in insurable earnings and have paid Employee EI premiums on those earnings in at least 5 of the last 10 years (Note: the 5 years do not have to be consecutive years)


  • Must be PR, Citizen, Protected Refugee (with court's decision).


  • Have an Action Plan (AP) that identifies PBLMT as a reasonable goal to support their occupational goal.


CERTIFICATES


  • Graphic Design


  • Web Development Diploma

COHORT START & END DATES


Cohort 1) August 31, 2020 - May 28, 2021

Western Business Network, Meshroad Marketing, Vancouver

Plumbing, Carpentry, Electrician


Fully funded training for RED SEAL certification is delivered to unemployed immigrants, youth and other individuals case-managed by WorkBC. EI up to $300 per week living support along with other benefits such as daycare, transportation, books & supplies etc. are provided to the participants


This 15 week program includes education that provides RED SEAL Occupational Standards (RSOS) recognized provincially. Participants will also receive work experience with employers and help with job search and placement support and follow-up.


PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • Currently receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits or Reachback, have had a EI Benefit within the previous 60 months or have earned more than $2000 in insurable earnings and have paid Employee EI premiums on those earnings in at least 5 of the last 10 years (Note: the 5 years do not have to be consecutive years)


  • Must be PR, Citizen, Protected Refugee (with court's decision)


  • Referred by a WorkBC Centre with an Action Plan



BENEFITS


  • EI Up to $300 per week living support


  • Daycare


  • Personal Protective Equipment


  • Transportation


  • Books & Supplies


  • and many more



CERTIFICATES


  • OFA Level 1


  • WHMIS


  • Confined Space


  • Ladder Safety


  • Fall Protection


  • Excavation & Shoring Safety


  • Interprovincial RED SEAL in electrical, carpentry or plumbing trades

COHORT START & END DATES


Plumbing Cohort) November 2, 2020 - February 19, 2021


For more information please contact PICS - iryna.dubenuik@pics.bc.ca or pblmt@pics.bc.ca or py phone at 604-596-7722 Ext. 131 (Iryna)

Greenhouse Technician Social Innovation


This program is a 24-week Project-Based Horticulture Education and Training Program. Participants will receive occupational, employability skills training, and work experience related to greenhouse work.


Upon completion of the training program and work experience, participants will be certified py PICS and Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and will be supported towards full-time employment that evidences their competency in all core competencies.


PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • Currently receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits or Reachback, have had a EI Benefit within the previous 60 months or have earned more than $2000 in insurable earnings and have paid Employee EI premiums on those earnings in at least 5 of the last 10 years (Note: the 5 years do not have to consecutive years).


  • Must be PR, Citizen or Protected Refugee (with court's years).


  • LINC Level 5 and Up


  • Essential Skills Numeracy Level 4


  • Referred by a WorkBC Centre with an Action Plan (AP)



BENEFITS


  • Canadian Workplace Essential Skills Training for Greenhouse Industry


  • EI and up to $300 per week living allowance


  • Full work gear is included


  • Agriculture Equipment and Forklift Training


  • Irrigation Systems & Production Training


  • Plant Health Analysis and Maintenance


  • Agribusiness Principles


  • Environment and Control Training


  • Work Experience (4 weeks)



CERTIFICATES


  • Occupational First Aid Level 1


  • Workplace Safety


  • WHMIS


  • Forklift


  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)


  • Pesticide Application


  • KPU-PICS Completion Certificate



COHORT START & END DATES


Cohort 1) October 19, 2020 - April 9, 2021

Cohort 2) March 15, 2021 - September 3, 2021

For more information about the greenhouse program please email pblmt@pics.bc.ca or geet.minhas@pics.bc.ca

Public Works


Public Work Technician Training Projects is a 17-week Project Based Labour Market Training Program (PBLMT). Participants will receive training and work experience in occupational skills related to pbulic works, working safely, use of tool and equipment, environmental best practices as well as maintaining skills related to public works.


Participants will learn how to repair roads and sidewalks, water systems, sanitary and storm sewer systems, building maintenance, parks and recreation facilities and fire protection systems. Essential skills specifically related to public works will be embedded throughout the training along with life skills. Upon completion of the training and work experience, participants will be registered as Provisional Public Works Technicians, by ASTTBC and will be supported towards full certification towards after one year of supervised public works employment that evidences their competency in all core public works competencies as well as in at least one speciality field.


PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS


  • Currently receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits or Reachback, have had a EI Benefit within the previous 60 months or have earned more than $2000 in insurable earnings and have paid Employee EI premiums on those earnings in at least 5 of the last 10 years (Note: the 5 years do not have to consecutive years).


  • Must be PR, Citizen or Protected Refugee (with court's years).


  • LINC Level 5 and Up


BENEFITS


  • EI Up to $300 Weekly Living Allowance


  • Transportation Support


  • Access to Tool and Work Gear


CERTIFICATES


  • ASTTBC Certification: Registered Provisional Technician


  • Occupational First Aid Level 1


  • Transportation Endorsement Training


  • Road Builders Safety Training Systems


  • Workplace Safety


  • WHMIS


  • Confined Spaces


  • Fall Protection - Ladder Safety


  • Excavation, Trenching and Shoring Safety


  • Traffic Control Person (TCP/ Flagger)



COHORT START & END DATES


Cohort 2) December 2, 2020 - April 2, 2021

Technical Training Certificate Program


A socially innovative, one-year project for adults and youth with diverse abilities. Participants will obtain introductory level training in two technical streams: Fire Protection Technician and Underground Utility Technician. Participants will also receive introductory occupational skills, employability skills training and work experience in the two listed technical areas.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS


  • Currently receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits or Reachback, have had a EI Benefit within the previous 60 months or have earned more than $2000 in insurable earnings and have paid Employee EI premiums on those earnings in at least 5 of the last 10 years (Note: the 5 years do not have to consecutive years).


  • Must be Permanent Resident or Citizen of Canada


  • Self-disclosed disability


  • Reading Level 5 LINC (or higher)


  • Youth between 19 - 30 years old


  • Essential Skills Numeracy Level 4 (or higher)



UNDERGROUND UTILITY LOCATOR


  • Underground Utility Locator Technician (RULT) identify and label underground public utility lines and mains


  • May include lines for telecommunication, electricity distribution, natural gas, cable television, fiber optics, traffic lights, street lights, storm drains, water mains and wastewater pipes


  • May also include major oil and gas pipelines, national defense communication lines, mass transit, rail and road tunnels.


  • Participants will work outside, may be on their feet all day, wear steel-toed boots and travel to client sites everyday.


  • Use utility maps as guides, to find approximate location of utilities and use electronic equipment to locate underground utilities.


  • Place metal rods or spray paint identifying marks on ground to mark pathways



FIRE PROTECTION TECHNICIAN



  • Fire Protection Technicians (RFPTs) inspect and test fire protection system


  • Often requires wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - safety shoes, glasses, hearing protection, helmet, high visibility vest etc.


  • Travel to client sites everyday (Driver's license usually required)


  • Test, inspect fire protection extinguisher, alarms, light and sprinklers


  • Write reports, punch, stamp and affix tags


  • Some light physical labour light lifting, climbing ladders, moving equipment


  • Perform basic math calculations to solve problems and troubleshoot.


  • Verbal and written communication with clients and co-workers


  • Provide customer service and enjoy working with customers


  • Read, interpret and apply Fire Protection Codes & Standards.


  • Follow ASTTBC Code of Ethics


BENEFITS


  • Essential Skills Training


  • Technical Career Exploration


  • Full Work Gear


  • Employment Support


CERTIFICATES


  • Workplace Safety Certifications


  • Industry-Specific Training and Certifications

COHORT START & END DATES


November 9, 2020 - February 26, 2021


CONTACT


Call: 778-888-1177 Ext. 350/351 or Email: techtraining@shsbc.ca


Office: Unit 404C / 307 7327 137St, King George Blvd, Surrey, BC, V3W 1A4