A workshop for persons with diverse abilities to explore employment opportunities.
Attendees will actively participate in discussions and have the opportunity to listen to industry and education experts on the current labour market and training available, to partner agencies who support this initiative and to people with diverse abilities in the community.
This workshop is available to young adults with diverse abilities over 18 years of age.
Please note: Independent adults with diverse abilities can attend without a caregiver, parent, or guardian with the understanding that the workshop does not offer personal support or care for those attending the program. All other participants must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or caregiver.
The two-day program will give participants an opportunity to:
- Learn about labour shortages, jobs and occupations in various sectors.
- Learn from employers about the skills needed and how to access these employment opportunities.
- Learn about BC post-secondary schools who offer related training programs.
- Participate in facilitated sessions to explore opportunities.
- Learn from various community agencies who can assist with other types of support.
With the assistance of partner agencies, this workshop will be offered at Easter Seals Camp Winfield located at 1790 Davidson Road in Lake Country, BC.
The day is scheduled to run 10 am – 5 pm the first day and 8:30 – 4:30 the second day.
All EXPLORE workshops are two-day sessions.
Workshop #1 Pilot Session – May 8th and 9th, 2019
Workshop and overnight accommodation fees are waived (complimentary) for the May 2019 session only.
Workshop Fee – $99
Workshop fees are based on a per participant basis and includes one participant and one parent, guardian, or caregiver.
Overnight Accommodation – $49 per person & guardian
Overnight accommodation is offered based on double occupancy in a dorm room. Participants wishing to stay overnight must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or caregiver. No medical or personal care is offered. Students/parents/guardians must bring sleeping bags, pillow and personal care supplies.
Is this workshop right for you?
The focus of the EXPLORE workshop is to provide an inclusive environment where attendees can learn and engage in meaningful conversations about training and employment opportunities. Positive, active participation in discussions throughout the two day session will be required by students and caregivers. Further, participants must be ready for training and employment through volunteer experience, community engagement, and/or prior training.
Although we offer a generalized program that caters to a wide range of individuals with diverse abilities, no single program can accommodate the needs of everyone. This program, therefore, may be unsuitable for some persons with specific support needs and we reserve the right to refuse students for whom this program may be unsuitable for at this time.
Submit application form.
Once you’ve determined EXPLORE is right for you, complete and submit the application and consent form to the Youth Program Leader. You can send by email or mail.
Email: Spencer van Vloten
Easter Seals BCY
3981 Oak Street
Attention: Spencer van Vloten
Applications are ongoing until registration is full. Applicants will be contacted and admission will be determined on a first come, first served basis. Waitlists for the next session will be created if needed.
Review and acceptance.
All applications will be reviewed following the submission deadline. Due to the limitations of this pilot program, incomplete applications will not be advanced for review.
Please note that employment and training readiness will be a key factor for acceptance into the program.
Students must be ready to explore and take the next steps in their job training and employment journey.
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