“The Job Creation Partnership (JCP) has been fantastic for us,” says Kathleen Mullen, Executive Director at the DOXA, the non-profit behind the DOXA Documentary Film Festival. “We’ve found really good staff through it.”
In fact, about half of the organization’s staff are or have been or part of the program!
DOXA’s Programming and Communications Coordinator Selina Crammond and Development Coordinator Tara Flynn are former JCP participants. Visual Media Assistant Josie Boyce and Outreach and Audience Services Assistant Giulia Carpino are currently part of JCP. A similar program even launched Kathleen’s own career, years ago.
“I got a job as a publicity assistant at the Vancouver Status of Women,” Mullen explains with a laugh. “It gave me great work experience that helped me get other jobs. And that’s what it’s for, really. The people we hire work experience, and we get help with our staffing needs.”
Through Job Creation Partnership, WorkBC covers the labour costs for projects up to one year long. They may also reimburse organizations for overhead costs incurred such as supplies or equipment rental.
Jiulia Carpino has loved her experience with the JCP.
“I’ve gotten a lot of new skills, connections and great references. I’m new to Vancouver, so building the connections and references are really important. It’s been a great experience and it has gone by so fast!”
Both Kathleen and Giulia also underlined the exceptional service they received from their Vancouver City Centre Employment Services Centre case managers, Luc and Gena. Luc and Gena are keen to make the program work for other organizations as well. Organizations that can get JCP funding include:
Businesses • Non-Profit Organizations • Crown Corporations • Municipalities, Agencies or Territorial Governments • Band/Tribal Councils • Public Health and Educational Institutions
For more information about the Job Creation Program, see https://www.workbc.ca/Employment-Services/Community-and-Employer-Partnerships/Job-Creation-Partnerships.aspx.