Open Door Group offers employment skills program

Keremeos employment program offered for April 23 through Open Door Group


Open Door Group, a non-profit organization that delivers employment programs to British Columbians, is coming to Keremeos to conduct Job Options BC, after conducting a very successful program in Osoyoos.

Job Options BC, funded by the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, is a10-week program aimed at helping unemployed British Columbians gain the skills, confidence and experience needed to find work.

The program is free of charge to eligible participants and participants can access a weekly stipend while taking the in-class portion of the program.

“We not only teach people how to find work, we also teach communication skills and skills that will help that person keep their job,” said Julianne Diubaldo of Open Door Group. “Students also learn conflict management skills and interview skills as well.”

Diubaldo said that a wide variety of people came through the Osoyoos program, which had a very high placement rate. People found work in such varied occupations as landscaping, forklift driving, hotel management.

Participants receive a flash drive with resumes and a cover letter at the end of the program, which entails five weeks of in-class sessions that includes group-based activities, one on one teaching and a customized job search process.

Open Door Group’s program is not affiliated with the YMCA’s employment services program in Keremeos, which begins in April with the closure of WorkZone.

Interested residents of the Lower Similkameen need to register soon for the April 23 start up of the Job Options BC program in Keremeos. Participants cannot be Employment Insurance eligible.

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