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B.C. offers skills training to male survivors of abuse

DCN-JOC News Services
B.C. offers skills training to male survivors of abuse

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – The Government of British Columbia is offering skills training and work experience for as many as 12 eligible British Columbians as general construction workers and labourers.

The new Community and Employer Partnerships (CEP) project is intended for male survivors of violence and/or abuse.

“The overall outlook for jobs in construction labour is projected to grow faster than all other occupations in B.C. That’s good news for graduates of this unique project. Participants will receive personal support, as well as the skills training they need to help find and keep well-paying jobs,” provincial Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction Nicholas Simons said in a press release.

The government is providing almost $170,000 to Kinghaven Peardonville House Society in Abbotsford to deliver skills and certification courses in its general construction program called The Purpose Project. Funding was provided through the Project Based Labour Market Training stream of WorkBC’s CEP.

“The project will be working with male survivors of violence, a largely underserved demographic. We are excited about seeing these men gain the skills and confidence they need to succeed and look forward to supporting our clients in multiple areas – an approach we believe will lead to greater success,” added Kinghaven Peardonville House Society employment co-ordinator Keith St. Jean.

Project participants will receive nine weeks of occupational and employability skills training along with onsite work experience and a week of follow-up support.

Participants will also receive certification courses in Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System and WHMIS GHS Implementation, fall protection, skid steer and telehandler operation, counterbalance forklift safety, Occupational First Aid Level 1 and introduction to construction warehousing. Each participant will also receive up to 10 weekly sessions of one-on-one trauma counselling support.

Full-time, group-based classroom learning for the project began Oct. 12. And project activities run through to Jan. 21, 2022. Details are available from local WorkBC centres.

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