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604-527-JOBS facilitates the transition to employment for graduates of the Douglas College Vocational Education and Skills Training Programs. 

Services to VEST Graduates

  • Employment services are no cost to VEST graduates 
  • Working with each graduate on an individual basis, focusing on strengths, skills and abilities
  • Identifying an employment goal for the job search
  • Developing an action plan
  • Preparing and distributing cover letters and resumes
  • Providing a current job posting board, a large database of employers and Internet and job bank access
  • Practicing and preparing for the interview
  • Advocating for workplace accommodations
  • Securing job placements for successful candidates
  • Collaborating with Community Employment Services and other stakeholders to ensure successful transitions

Services to Employers

  • Employment services are no cost to employers
  • Referrals of suitable graduates
  • Availability of up to four weeks unpaid job training, prior to hiring
  • Initial job coaching to enhance acquisition of skills
  • Developing a liaison between employers and appropriate agencies for long-term follow-up
Employers who have used and continue to access 527-JOBS services include:
  • TD Canada Trust
  • Tri M Systems
  • BC Hydro Cafeteria (Everest Dining Services)
  • Office Depot
  • 3M Touch Systems
  • Old Spaghetti Factory
  • Canada Safeway
  • The Home Depot
  • Winners Merchants
  • Cadex Electronics Inc.
  • The Pantry Family Restaurant

Promote Diversity

  • Promote diversity within your company by providing equal employment opportunities for individuals who have a disability or employment barrier

More Information

Department Location
New Westminster Campus
700 Royal Ave
New Westminster, BC  V3M 5Z5
 Contact  Irene Chan, Employment Specialist
 Tel  604 527 5627
Fax  604 527 5684
TTY  604 527 5570

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