Acquiring Community-Based Employment Skills Program

The John Howard Society of BC ACES programs provide support and training to individuals who are facing multiple barriers to employment, with the goal of supporting people to secure and maintain sustainable employment.

Program participants receive employability and life skills workshops, safety certificate and skills enhancement training, and supported work experience.

Participants receive ongoing support and mentorship throughout their employment and are connected to the JHS networks of support across BC.

WHAT WE OFFER

  • Life skills and employment readiness workshops
  • Certification training
  • Assistance with resume and cover letter development
  • Interview skills training
  • Supported work experience
  • One-to-one support and mentorship
  • Continued training and follow up supports

 

OUR TRAINING APPROACH AND PROGRAM DELIVERY

ACES Programs feature:

Pre-Employment Skills Training

Participants have the opportunity to learn pre-employment life skills and receive basic safety training certifications that can be applied to employment in a wide variety of industries, including construction. Individuals also receive job search assistance based on identified job goals and specialized skills training and workshops.

Supported Work Experience

ACES Staff work in partnership with participants to identify and secure work placements that meet their employment goals and the employer needs.

 

WHY BE INVOLVED IN ACES?

Employers: Get connected with a broad range of employees with up-to-date certifications and extensive professional employment support.

Participants: Receive support and certifications to achieve your personal employment goals.

 

ACES program participants benefit from employment training and education including:

LIFESKILLS WORKSHOPS

  • Communication Skills
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Accountability and Responsibility
  • Adaptability
  • Lifestyle Management

EMPLOYMENT READINESS

  • Resume Preparation
  • Job Search Skills
  • Interview Techniques
  • Job Retention Skills
  • Assisted Job Search
  • Teamwork
  • Time Management

CERTIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE:

  • Occupational First Aid
  • WHMIS
  • Fall Arrest
  • Back and Ladder Safety
  • Construction Safety Training
  • Systems Forklift Safety Training
  • FOODSAFE
  • Fire Suppression

Other specialized skills training and certificate opportunities are available based on individual job goals

 

ELIGIBLE PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS

The ACES program supports individuals experiencing barriers to employment and whose employment status is unemployment, underemployed, or employed in a  low skilled occupation.

Participants must be:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Living in British Columbia
  • Not participating in another government-funded labour market program
  • Not a full-time student

Additional eligibility requirements may apply

 

OUR PARTNERS INCLUDE:

John Howard Society of Central & South Okanagan

John Howard Society of the Lower Mainland of BC

Northern John Howard Society of BC

John Howard Society of Nanaimo

John Howard Society of the Thompson Region

John Howard Society of Victoria

 

Prince George 250-596-8114 or 250-561-7343
Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley: 604-226-9360
Victoria: 250-386-3428
Nanaimo: 250-816-4373
Kamloops: 250-319-0181
Kelowna & Penticton: 250-460-1485

For more information about the ACES program in your community, please contact:

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