The Archway Skills Training Results in Directed Education and Employment (STRIDE) program has moved their program to an effective combination of online/tele-consults and in person to keep supporting clients during the COVID-19 pandemic. STRIDE helps unemployed or under-employed people over 55+ find suitable employment.
The program first started offering virtual services in March when they realized they couldn’t safely offer their employment workshops and one-to-one services in person as normal.
“There have been some hurdles with online learning, but in some ways the experience is perfect training for the modern workplace,” said Frank Amadasun, Archway STRIDE Program Supervisor. “For those without access to a computer, we’ve been creative with socially–distanced meetings and phone calls.”
Enrollment is now open for the next session running June 1 – 26th.
“While our clients face an uncertain job market, we’ll be helping them choose career paths that take into account the current in-demand jobs,” said Amadasun.
STRIDE provides participants with short-term certification training, work experience, occupational skills training and wage subsidies. The program is free for job seekers and employers and is funded by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training through a Workforce Development Agreement with the Government of Canada.
STRIDE Program supervisor Frank Amadasun and Employment Facilitator Lea Langford in a virtual meeting.