New program helps youth gain employment skills in workplace

Local young people and employers should check into the new Youth Skills BC program, according to Clearwater Employment Services manager Jocelyn Ansell.

Local young people and employers should check into the new Youth Skills BC program, according to Clearwater Employment Services manager Jocelyn Ansell.

“This new program is an opportunity for employers to assist motivated youth through the sharing of their abundant knowledge and experience,” she said. “Employers can receive up to $2000 to offset the cost of one-the-job training. They can also be eligible for funding assistance in supplemental training.”

Ansell noted that this area has quite a few youth 15 – 29 years old who could benefit. New experiences and skills would help them move forward in their career through work place based training.

“Clearwater Employment Services can work with both the employers and eligible youth to share opportunities,” Ansell said.

The program is funded under the Canada/British Columbia Labor Market Agreement and was launched recently by the Ministry of Regional Economic and Skills Development.

The criteria for the potential employee to qualify for YSBC:

• Aged 15 – 29

• Not currently receiving EI and must not have received EI within the past 36 months; or 60 months for a parental claim

• Not a full-time student or returning to school

• Is a resident of B.C. and legally entitled to work in Canada

• Not participating in any other government funded program

The criteria for the employer to qualify for YSBC:

• In business for a minimum of one year

• In good standing with WCB

To learn more about the program (available until March 2012) visit http://www.bowmanemployment.com/ysbc/. You can read more about the program, download the application form, fill it out (save a copy for your files) and submit it when you’re ready. Please note that an original or faxed signature is required. Information is also available by calling toll-free 1 877 866-3100 or 1-888-466-1375.