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JETS offers 15-30-year olds ‘a jump’ on work skills

JETS (Jumpstart Employment, Training & Skills) is a paid, 7-week pre-employment program for people ages 15 to 30.  Participants are paid a living allowance based on minimum wage during the 7 week classroom component. They will also be assisted with obtaining employment in an area of their choosing (with ongoing support), and can access on-the-job support on as-needed basis.

The program is a blend of in-person and online coursework; it includes workshops, certificates, an active job search component, and eligibility for 8 weeks of wage subsidy. Participants even have the chance to develop their skills in a food security initiative which benefits people in need in our community. Check out this video about that initiative:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrp_rPuynAc

Highlights of JETS program supports:
  • Transportation costs for Gulf Island residents (ferry pass & bus tickets)
  • Bus tickets
  • Nutrition snacks
  • Maximum of 10 participants per group
  • Wage subsidy component – up to 8 weeks
  • Living Allowance based on minimum wage (T4A’s are issued at the end of the year)
Topics covered through JETS include:
  • Career Exploration
  • Personal Goal-Setting
  • Healthy Lifestyle Awareness
  • Team-Building
  • Communication Skills
  • Budgeting & Personal Finance
  • Computer Skill-Building
  • Hidden Job Market & Networking
  • Resumes & Cover Letter Support
  • Interview Preparation
  • Paid Certification Opportunities
  • Individual Job Search Planning
  • Active Job Search Support

Potential participants: we provide ongoing information sessions, referrals, and intake interviews to ensure your readiness for the program.

For more information, email JETS@beaconcs.ca or phone 778-265-2585. One of our friendly staff members will be happy to talk with you!

Beacon hosts JETS at a downtown Victoria location (1452 Elford St. Victoria, BC, V8S 3S8). We gratefully acknowledge the City of Victoria for granting a Permissive Tax Exemption to Beacon Community Services for this and other sites.