New WorkBC office integrates more services for job seekers
By Laura Stovel
WorkBC held its grand opening on Wednesday, promising better integration of services for job seekers in Revelstoke. The opening was held almost two months after WCG International, an international human resources firm, and Bowman Employment Services took over the contract to run the Revelstoke employment service center from Okanagan College.
The new system, which is being implemented at employment centers across the province, claims to be a ‘one stop shop’ for all job seekers. “It is a more standardized approach” across the province, explains Lynn Fletcher of the Employment and Labour Market Services Division of the BC Ministry of Housing and Social Development. Now if job seekers move from one community to another and seek employment help, their records will be shared between employment centers.
Otti Brown, manager of the Revelstoke WorkBC office adds that the “doors are now open for all unemployed.” Before, Aboriginal Canadians, people on income assistance and people with disabilities might need to access some employment services through external agencies such as the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS), wages subsidy programs and programs through Itinerant Services respectively. Now they can access those services under one roof, she explained.