One hundred and forty-four British Columbians can now access a five-week training program to help them learn practical skills for employment in the growing building services sector, announced Minister of Jobs, Tourism, and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour Pat Bell.

The $429,598.40 in funding for the Building Service Worker training program is being delivered by the British Columbia Contract Cleaners Association (BCCCA). The project is designed to help eligible participants gain employment through five weeks of CleanSafe Training certification, WHMIS certification, WCB First Aid Level 1 certification, WCB Health and Safety Training, and ongoing support for all participants in their new employment positions.

The BCCCA expects to enrol 144 participants over a 17-month period. The project is delivered in partnership with the Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society (ACCESS), Planet Clean, ProSafe First Aid Training School Ltd., and Life Skills Facilitators. Participants must be physically fit and Labour Market Agreement eligible – meaning they are bondable, unemployed, and not in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) or have not been eligible for EI for past three years.

Program graduates will have employment opportunities in custodial and chemical safety, housekeeping practices, infection control, washroom maintenance and window washing, carpet cleaning, and floor care. The program will also provide students with life skills and goal-setting techniques, cultural and personal development, a one-week work experience placement and ongoing career support.