The fourth promotion of the work experience scholarship offers new options

The fourth installment of British Columbia’s Work Experience Opportunities Grant provides $2 million for flexible, paid work experience opportunities.

Nonprofits have until midnight March 7, 2022 to apply for the grant, which helps support paid work experience opportunities for eligible British Columbians receiving income assistance or for people with disabilities and Indigenous people receiving equivalent federal assistance.

“Building on what we have learned from previous admissions, we are adding a new flexible option to support people who can only work a few hours a week,” said Nicholas Simons, Minister for Social Development and Poverty Reduction. poverty. “By providing options, we ensure that people with disabilities are not left behind.

The Work Experience Opportunity Scholarship, established in 2020, allows nonprofit organizations to apply for $5,000 per eligible participant for a 12-week work experience internship of approximately 20 hours per week or a new option of around 10 hours per week for as much as 20 weeks.

Mission Possible, a nonprofit community economic development agency in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, was able to provide 10 people with 12 weeks of supported work experience in 2021, thanks to a $50 work experience opportunity grant. $000.

“Being able to create new opportunities for people who want to work, but need the right opportunity is the best part,” said Matthew Smedley, Executive Director and CEO of Mission Possible. “To see them succeed, gain confidence and access sustainable employment is incredible. We know that the return on investment in subsidized employment supports pays dividends to the community and can also change the participant’s life trajectory.

Additionally, eligibility criteria have been revised to focus on qualified operators in the not-for-profit sector who have experience and expertise working with people with disabilities or significant barriers to entering the labor market.

“The Work Experience Opportunities Grant helps community social service agencies play a vital role as we continue to move towards economic recovery,” said Niki Sharma, Parliamentary Secretary for Community Development and Organizations. non-profit. “By providing inclusive employment supports, we can remove barriers so that more people can participate in paid work experience opportunities.

In 2020-2021, over 250 organizations applied for the Work Experience Opportunities Grant and over 800 people had the opportunity to gain valuable work experience.

Learn more:

Work Experience Opportunities Scholarship: www.workexperiencegrants.gov.bc.ca

Maria D. Ervin