Who we are
What we offer
||One-on-one career counselling
provide formal and informal assessment
tests on issues such as work values and interests and give guidance on using
and interpreting personality tests. Our
employment counsellor also explores with you the reality of working in different
occupations, including wages, working conditions, education,
etc. We also provide guidance on informal career exploration, with or without
the help of resources such as the books Do
What You Are or Work
help clients write resumes
and cover letters, sharpen their job
search skills, and prepare them for interviews. We encourage people to network and do
information interviews. Our employment
counsellor also assists with finding ways to meet challenges such as poverty,
drug and alcohol issues, mental
health issues and other factors that stand in the way of finding and keeping
post new jobs from the job
bank on a daily basis.
for job search
provide information on job postings on the internet, e.g. Job
Bank, careerclick, VanNet
Classifieds, B.C. Public Service
site. We discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using the internet for
job search and point clients to useful informational sites on job search topics,
such as BC WorkInfoNet, Monster
Vancouver Community Net
Career Information and Employment Services.
encourage clients to drop-in and tell us what they want to know about basic
computer skills. We can customize a learning program at the center, or our
employment counsellor can assist in finding other suitable programs.
search related computer and fax use
you are looking for a job and need the use of a computer and a fax machine, come
on over. We currently have seven computers available for the use of our clients.
newspapers in Chinese and English
get the two major papers – and there's always lots of hot coffee or tea to
help you browse the want ads.
on educational upgrading
order to find satisfying work, some clients need to upgrade their schooling. We
point clients to useful resources, from literacy
to Grade 12 or GED
education. We also often assist people to find resources that address learning
disabilites (if you follow this link, go to “Public Menu”, "Agency
Search" and look for disabilities)
to government sponsored training
assist clients to find training such as the following:
HRDC-sponsored training for eligible clients who
are on Employment Insurance or have been on Employment Insurance in the last 3
or 5 years. When eligible clients face problems finding a new job because of
lack of skills, HRDC can pay for some types of training for up to a year. Where
necessary, we guide clients through the application process and support them
during and after training.
Training paid for by the Ministry
of Social Services
Other training, including training for specific
groups, such as people of the First Nations.
to volunteer experience
experience can provide structure, training and work experience – and it feels
good to share our resources, skills and knowledge with others. We assist clients
in sorting through the many volunteer
jobs and find just the right one.
direct clients to appropriate sources for self-employment
issues and help them explore whether self-employment is a workable option.
If you are interested in finding out how to write a proposal, click here.
necessary, we give personal hands-on attention to our clients. Our client support centre staff helps with things like hands-on support
in carrying out return to work action plans, correcting and critiquing resumes
and cover letters, on-the-spot peer counselling for those times when following
our goals seems too hard, etc.
The SOAT Team
Skills Outreach Access Team is a pilot project funded by the United Way.
We recognize that a
lot of our clients face many challenges – from poverty to disability to
racism, etc. These challenges
sometimes prevent people from making the most of available resources. In this project, clients will work with a team of peers and
staff to decrease barriers to successfully accessing and using employment and
education resources. Using a hands-on approach, the team helps build connections
with resources and confidence in using them, and teaches self-advocacy skills.
In the spirit of grassroots community development, the peer workers hired for
this are people from the community who are facing the same challenges but are
already on their way to successfully overcoming them.
Strategic Volunteering Project
Volunteering was a participatory
action research project funded by the Ministry of Co-operatives, Community
Development and Volunteering. We found out what volunteering in the Downtown
Eastside of Vancouver is like, both for volunteers and volunteer co-ordinators
(the research part). We then looked at some of the challenges that have been
identified, thought about solutions, and tried some of them out (the action
part). This project was participatory in that the majority of the planning and
action was carried out by the people affected - namely volunteers and volunteer
co-ordinators. For a full report, click here.
Downtown Eastside Web
Skills Connection is part of the Downtown
Eastside Web (DEW) which brings Internet access to the Downtown Eastside
community. Access to technology in the Downtown Eastside - taken for granted in
many communities - has been identified as a major hurdle for residents. There is
a need for accurate health information, job search capabilities, e-mail access,
and all of the other benefits that the Internet brings. Community building,
education and information-sharing are also key goals of DEW.