BC Jobs exhibit comes to Trail

BC Jobs exhibit comes to Waneta Plaza, Trail on Thursday and Friday

People searching for a job can get some help this week.

An interactive career fair offered through the BC Jobs Plan will be stopping at the Waneta Plaza on Thursday and Friday between 9:30 a.m. and 9 p.m., and at the recreation centre in Castlegar from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday.

“What we’re doing, essentially, is trying to connect employers with people who want to work,” Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation said in an email reply.

“Participants will be able to access interactive technology, including iPads, to explore the WorkBC web site. They will be able to interact with employers and regional training authorities to discuss opportunities and career paths.”

According to a recent report from Statistics Canada, unemployment rates among workers between the ages of 15 to 24 increased by 14.8 per cent in June—more than twice the national average of 7.2 per cent.

Last week, the agency reported that some youth were experiencing the economic hardships from a lack of summer jobs.

But Minister Bell said this campaign doesn’t have an age limit because the information being made accessible offers something from people in every field.

He indicated that since the BC Jobs Plan began last fall, exports from B.C. have increased resulting in thousands of jobs being created. The BC Jobs Plan aims to promote economic development and job growth within the province.

“If you look around, investments are being made in B.C., jobs are being generated now and will continue being created in the future.”

The exhibition is mobile and began touring last Sunday in Salmon Arm, but there are 29 stops left on the tour.

“We hope to meet as many British Columbians as we can,” Bell said. “There are jobs and there are people looking for work.”