Employment centre plays matchmaker in North Shore job industry

With thousands of employers on the lookout for the model employee and even more job seekers in search of the perfect gig, it is no wonder why North Vancouverites struggle with finding the perfect match.

As the community hub for all things related to employment, WorkBC North Shore provides free personalized services, including skills assessments and workshops, and hosts hiring events, panels, and jobfairs. Whether you are looking for an employee or a job, WorkBC North Shore’s job is to help you find one.

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Wendy Harris, the WorkBC North Shore Manager, estimates that the employment centre has helped nearly 3000 people to achieve employment – and that is on the North Shore alone. It has also assisted numerous employers in the community, including London Drugs, Whole Foods, SBO Distributors Ltd., COBS Bread’s corporate office, and Canada Post, to name a few. “Not to mention the dozens of employers that found employees through one of the many hiring fairs we host throughout the year,” Harris added.

A large proponent of assisting those with barriers to employment, WorkBC North Shore can provide counselling, wage subsidies, self-employment options, and disability supports for eligible people. Its partnership with the Developmental Disabilities Association helps to provide services to job seekers who have a developmental disability, as well.

With that in mind, WorkBC North Shore helps people of all ages, backgrounds, genders, and experiences. It serves all of the community, from recent graduates looking for their first job, to experienced workers who have been laid off or are looking for a career change. Providing tools for any successful job search, the employment centre hosts workshops that give insights about the latest trends and labour market information, to training, coaching, and networking with potential employers. Once a job seeker’s career goals and skillsets are established, WorkBC North Shore is able to help business owners find the perfect match.

To learn more about WorkBC North Shore, visit http://www.ywcajobseeker.org/find-a-job, call 604-988-3766, or email workbcnorthshore@ywcavan.org.

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