Employment program comes to Agassiz in 2012

New program will help job seekers throughout several communities

A co-operative in the Fraser Valley has won a provincial contract to provide employment opportunities for Mission, Agassiz and Hope residents.

The Fraser Valley Employment and Support Services Co-operative will operate the program out of WorkBC Employment Services centres beginning in April.

The co-op is made up of Mission Community Skills Centre Society, Chilliwack’s Win Resources Inc., Agassiz-Harrison Community Services Society and Hope’s Free Rein Associates Training Ltd.

Agassiz-Harrison Community Services and its partners will deliver the new employment program in Agassiz at their current location, which will become a WorkBC Employment Services Centre in April.

“We are very pleased that we have been chosen to provide employability services in these communities,” said co-op chairman Klaus Werner. “It has been a significant undertaking with lots of support from our staffs and community partners.”

Werner said the new employment program will be a one-stop centre that will make services easily accessible for both job seekers and employers in the region.

Heidi Trautmann, Executive Director of Agassiz-Harrison Community Services, said the new employment program will be a great addition to programming in the community.

“This is going to be an excellent service for our clients,” she said. “It will also be of great benefit to our local employers. We can’t wait to get started.”

The new employment program of British Columbia will officially launch in April 2012.