The Single Parent Employment Initiative - December 2015

The Single Parent Employment Initiative - News Release Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation

More than 1,300 single parents on income and disability assistance are participating in the provincial government’s Single Parent Employment Initiative launched on Sept. 1.

The initiative helps single parents on income and disability assistance get the supports they need to overcome barriers to employment and build a better future for their families.

Participants may receive up to 12 months of funded training for in-demand jobs, or on-the-job training, through a paid work-experience placement. Single parents enrolled in the program could also receive child-care costs during training or job placement and for the first year of employment, as well as transportation costs and exemptions for bursaries, scholarships and grants. Participants are able to remain on income assistance while enrolled in a training program.

The Single Parent Employment Initiative will help ensure all British Columbians have an opportunity to benefit from B.C.’s strong and growing economy. The initiative, delivered by WorkBC Employment Service Centres, and part of B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint, will help single parents on income or disability assistance, who can face multiple challenges to employment, to transition into the workforce with the skills and training they need to succeed. More than 16,000 single parents are eligible to participate in the initiative.

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