Who can participate in the Encore program?
Eligible participants are unemployed workers age 50+ who want to work in the local service sector. Individuals must be legally entitled to work in Canada and lack the skills needed to find work in the Sea to Sky Corridor. Preference will be given to individuals that are not currently receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits.

How can this program help me find work?
We will work with you to identify an appropriate service-sector work target based on your skills, experience, and interests. Through a blend of group training, one-to-one counselling and online job preparation workshops, we will help you improve your skills and learn how to work successfully in the local service sector. We will connect you with local employers for mentorship opportunities and help you fine-tune your self-marketing and presentation skills so that you can make confident choices about your future workplace and successfully promote yourself to employers.

What kind of training do you provide?
We focus on essential workplace skills including: communication, information management, problem solving, personal management and presentation skills. We also provide service skills training, including basic sales, and technology and computer skills.

When does the program start?
There are two sessions scheduled for 2009-2010. The first session starts October 13, 2009 and the second starts January 11, 2010. Seats are limited to 12 participants in each session. Please contact us as soon as possible to schedule an intake appointment.

Do you charge a fee for this program?
No. Encore is sponsored by the Province of B.C. through the Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development, and the Federal Government through Human Resources and Skills Development (HRSD).

There is no cost to individual participants - in fact registered participants are eligible for income support while participating in training.

How do I register?
Contact us at 604-815-4550 or toll-free at 1-888-882-2238 to schedule an initial meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to determine if Encore is the right program for you.