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Single Parent Employment Initiative Training and Support to Secure a Long-Term Job

What is it?

• Up to 12 months of funded training or paid work experience

• Continued income or disability assistance while in training

• Child care costs covered during your training or work placement and for the first year of employment

• Transit costs to and from school

• WorkBC Employment Services Centre supports, including workshops on resume writing, interview and work preparation

• Health supplement coverage for a full year after you leave income assistance for employment. This includes dental, optical and premium-free Medical Services Plan and Pharmacare programs

• Exemptions for bursaries, grants and scholarships when you are in an approved training program

Eligibility

You are eligible for the program if you are a single parent currently on income or disability assistance. To qualify for the funded training, you must have been on assistance for at least three months.

You may also be eligible if you already have a post-secondary degree but cannot find a job in your field. Your WorkBC Centre will work with you to help you find a job with your current skill set or help you develop a plan for further training if required.

Get Started

Call or visit your local WorkBC Employment Services Centre to learn more.

You can get answers to your questions about the services and supports that are available to you.

A case manager will look at your interests, background and the local job market.

Together you will map out the supports you need to find employment.

Types of Job Training

Early Childhood Education

Administration

Medical services

Construction & Trades

The B.C. 2025 Labour Market Outlook and Explore Careers can help you with career planning. Some of the jobs listed may not qualify for funding as they need more than 12 months of training.

Single parents may also be eligible for:

• General Educational Development (GED)

• Work preparation courses, such as Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)

• WorkSafeBC training

Affordable Child Care Benefit

If you need child care during your training, apply for the Affordable Child Care Benefit.

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