When is the EXPLORE workshop?
Our first workshop is scheduled for May 8 & 9, 2019.
Where is the EXPLORE workshop being held?
The EXPLORE workshop will be held at Easter Seals Camp Winfield (Lake Country, BC).
What will the two days encompass?
Attendees will actively participate in discussions and listen to industry and education experts on the current labour market, training available and also partner agencies who support this initiative and people with disabilities in the community.
Who is presenting at the workshop?
Presenters will include local industry experts, presenters from local universities and colleges and partner agencies.
PARTNER ASSOCIATIONS INCLUDE
- Industry Trades Authority of BC (ITABC)
- go2HR, BC’s tourism and hospitality industry
- HR Tech Group, forum for human resources professionals in the B.C. tech industry.
- Restaurant Association of BC
- Thompson Rivers University
- Pathways Kelowna
Do I need a resume to attend?
No, you do not need a resume to attend, but we encourage people to do as much as they can to prepare for their next steps in education and/or employment which can include updating their resume for potential job applications.
Will I get an interview with perspective employers during the workshop?
No, we will not be holding a job interviews during the workshop, but it is an opportunity for you to hear from employers about what they are looking for when hiring and potential skills that will be needed in their industry.
What do I need to bring to the workshop?
A willingness to actively participate in any discussions and a desire to learn about future possibilities for education and employment. We encourage people to bring what they need to record any information they may learn during the two days.
Can I attend the workshop on my own?
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. All other students must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or caregiver. Students/parents must bring personal supplies. The Society will provide the facility, instruction, meals, program materials, however, is not responsible for any personal or medical care.
How many students will be in each class?
We have the ability to host 15 students per two-day session.
What does the session include?
Each session includes workshop facilitation, program materials, lunch, coffee/tea/water, and optional overnight accommodation.
Is there a fee to attend?
For this first pilot session in May of 2019 workshop and optional accommodation fees are waived. However individual travel and other related expenses are the responsibility of the student/parent/guardian/caregiver.
What is the accommodation provided?
Overnight accommodation is offered based on double occupancy in a dorm room. Independent adults with diverse abilities can stay without a caregiver, parent, or guardian. All other students must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or caregiver. Students/parents must bring personal supplies. The Society is not responsible for any personal or medical care.
Will the workshop be held again?
Our plan is to hold future workshops, but dates have not yet been set.
What are the future workshop fees?
Fees & Dates
|EXPLORE workshop for students over 18 years*||May 8 and 9||$99.00 (combined fee for 1 student + 1 parent/guardian/caregiver)|
|Overnight accommodation*||May 8||$49.00 per person, double occupancy includes parent/guardian/caregiver|
*Workshop fees are based on a per student basis and include one student and one parent, guardian, or caregiver. Overnight accommodation is offered based on double occupancy in a dorm room.
How long is each day?
At present the day is scheduled to run 10 am – 5 pm the first day and 8:30 – 4:30 the second day.
How do I submit my application?
A program application must be completed in full and submitted via email or mail to:
COMPASS: EXPLORE Program Application
Easter Seals BCY
3981 Oak Street
Vancouver, BC, V6H 4H5
Attention: Spencer van Vloten
When do applications need to be in by?
March 15th, 2019
What happens after I submit my application?
Interviews with potential students will be held in the weeks following the application deadline. Once interviews are completed all applicants will be advised if they have been accepted into the May 2019 pilot session or not by March 30, 2019.
Can I reapply if I don’t get in for the May 2019 session?
Absolutely! Due to limited space we can only host a maximum of 15 students in our first session, but we welcome people to reapply once we have set up any subsequent sessions.
What are next steps if I am accepted into the May 2019 program?
Someone from Easter Seals will confirm your attendance and start and finish times of the session. They will also confirm if you need accommodation during the session.
How will I know if my accommodation has been booked?
Once your attendance is confirmed at the program accommodation requests will be booked and confirmed back with all students by someone from Easter Seals by April 15th.
What do I do next to prepare for the session?
You will need to make your own travel arrangements for you and your caregiver. Pack any personal and/or medical supplies you may need for the trip, along with anything you may need during the two day session to record information you may want to reference later.
What do I wear to the session?
We want people to be comfortable during the sessions and as temperature can be variable in meeting rooms, we suggest layers so you can adjust as necessary.
Can I bring my own food to the session?
While meals will be served as noted above, if you require specific snacks or food items, you should bring them with you, though Easter Seals will not be able to refrigerate or serve any outside food for you.