✓ Use the computers, internet access, and other resources in our job resource centre and
✓ Improve your job hunting skills with our job search workshops.
You may also qualify for:
✓ one-on-one support from a case manager;
✓ help starting your own business; or
✓ specialized support if you have a disability or if you have experienced violence or abuse.
Use Our Job Resource Centre
Our Job Resource Centre has up-to-date computers, software, internet access and a printer/photocopier/fax machine.
Our Job Resource Centre staff can also help you with tasks such as filling out online applications, tweaking your resume, or finding job postings online.
Job Resource Centre Hours
No appointment necessary, just drop in anytime within the hours below!
Friday 9AM–3PM (computer shut down 2:30PM)
Take Our Job Search Workshops
Get work faster with our free workshops! Improve your resume writing, interview skills, networking, computer skills and more.
You can register for a workshop after taking our orientation session.
We have orientation sessions on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Contact us to register for an orientation session.
Access Case Manager Support
You may qualify for one-to-one job search support from a case manager. A case manager will:
- Help you develop a job search action plan.
- Help you access supports such as wage subsidies, funding for training, and programs for people with disabilities.
- Provide employment counselling until you’ve achieved your goal.
More information on working with a case manager is provided at the orientation session.
Get Training or Work Experience
Could more training and/or work experience help you find a job?
We might be able to help you get that training and/or work experience.
For example, we may be able to pay for courses such as FoodSafe, WorldHost, First Aid, WHMIS, Security Guard Training, Forklift Training, Basic Computer Training or Serving It Right.
We can help you learn English as a Second Language, improve your reading, writing, math and computer skills, or do academic upgrading to improve your chances of finding full time work.
We may also be able to help you with other kinds of training or help you get work experience.
Get more information about this at our orientation session.
Access Help for People with Disabilities
Have a disability? We can help you find work by:
✓ funding workplace accommodations
(such as special equipment, renovations, and / or services;
✓ creating jobs tailored to your abilities; and
✓ matching your skills with employers looking to hire.
We can also help you start your own business!
Find out more at our orientation session.
Contact us to register for an orientation session.
Start Your Own Business
Want to be your own boss?
Our 48-week Self-Employment Program will give you the knowledge, skills and tools to start your own business.
We also have a self-employment program for people with disabilities who may need additional supports.
Find out if you are eligible for this or other services at our orientation session.
Contact us to register for an orientation session.
Access Help for Survivors of Violence or Abuse
Have you experienced violence or abuse?
Could it be affecting your ability to find and / or keep a job?
If you are unemployed or working less than 20 hours / week, our free counselling and an interactive workshop can help you more toward stable, full time employment.
Get Personal Counselling
We can provide up to ten sessions with a registered counselor to support you in moving towards employment.
Take Our Tapping Into Strength Workshop
In a safe environment, explore how trauma may affect your job search and, if you like, connect with others who have had similar experiences.
For more information on the counselling and/or workshop, email our confidential case managers at TappingIntoStrength@fsgv.ca.
Use Those Free Resources!
When Akram Karimi was laid off from the job she’d held for almost ten years, she decided to get help from WorkBC Employment Services Centre at Vancouver City Centre. She started taking workshops. Right away she began following workshop facilitator Tova Jamernik’s advice to treat her job search as a full time job.
She came into the employment centre every day it was open. “I was the first one there in the morning and the last one to leave,” she laughs. She also credits Tova for helping her stay motivated during her job search. “Tova recommended some great books that kept me inspired,” she says.
All her hard work paid off — Akram had a new job in a month, one that she loves. She encourages others to use all the free resources at the Employment Services Centre. “This is tax payer’s money well spent!” says Akram.
A Photo Finish
Michael Schmidt originally thought he was going to be a bus driver.
That’s why, with Work BC Employment Services Centre-Vancouver City Centre’s assistance, he got his Class 2 license and secured a position as a tour bus driver, with the eventual plan of applying to Translink to become a bus driver for the city. Unfortunately, Michael was then in a car accident that left his arm broken in four places, making driving a bus impossible.
During the first year of his recovery, he again got help from the Employment Services Centre, who helped him find full time work with a pest control company. But his case manager also knew of his interest in photography, and helped him get contract work as a photographer. (See examples of his photography throughout this story.)
Today, Michael enjoys both careers, and credits his case manager for supporting him through a very difficult period. “The staff at Vancouver City Centre Employment Services Centre make all the difference. They truly care. My case manager was phenomenal,” says Michael.
“She really made a positive difference in my life, and I’m very thankful. I hope she knows that.”
To see more of Michael Schmidt’s photography, visit his website at www.michaelschmidtphotography.com
LinkedIn Update Leads to New Contract
Two months after Shehbaz Ahmad came to Canada from Dubai, the accountant started to feel overwhelmed with the negative messages he was hearing.
People were telling him things like: “It’s going to be very difficult to survive in Vancouver. The economy is not growing. There are 500+ applicants for a single job. You don’t even have a Canadian education or experience.” Someone suggested he get a job in a grocery store. “My mind kind of got frozen. I couldn’t even apply for a single job.”
That was when what he calls his “first miracle” happened. He saw a sign that said, ‘Looking for work?’
He followed the arrow into Vancouver City Centre, WorkBC Employment Services Centre, run by Family Services. “Instantly, I could feel the warmth and a feeling of care in the air.”
After attack, DJ with disabilities retrains for new creative career
Local DJ and music mixer Patrick Deady was attacked on Vancouver’s Davie Street in the spring of 2013. The brutal beating left Deady, also known by his DJ name Soolah, with a traumatic head injury and disabilities including short term memory loss, tinnitus and hearing loss and sensitivity to sound.
Those physical challenges would have been difficult for anyone to adapt to, but they were devastating for someone with a career in music. A year after the assault, Deady had completed most of the rehab for his injuries, but he didn’t feel he had much to look forward to.
“I had nothing on the go. I was scraping by on medical disability. I was totally worried about my future and I was worried about just getting through the day,” he says.
Then Patrick heard he might be able to get help training for a new career through the Vancouver City Centre Work BC Employment Services Centre.