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Province funds jobs

At least four people will get work experience while helping the Vernon area improve its food security, thanks to more than $50,000 in provincial Job Creation Partnership funding.

Kindale Developmental Association will receive $40,429 to support four local food security programs. Participants will manage volunteers at Patchwork Farms at Okanagan College Kalamalka Campus, develop a farm-gate market at the college with stalls selling fresh produce, co-ordinate a gleaning program as well as compile job descriptions and operational documentation for Community Kitchens and Good Food Box programs. The 30-week project is scheduled to wrap up in late November.

Last year, Kindale received nearly $28,000 to develop a community volunteer gardening program at Patchwork Farms.

“Food security is extremely important to the individuals and families we serve, to our employees, and to the wider community. This is why Kindale is assisting the Food Action Society of the North Okanagan to sustain the operations of Community Gardens, Gleaning, Community Kitchens and the Good Food Box,” said B (Benita) Elliott, executive director, Kindale Developmental Association.

The Downtown Vernon Association is receiving more than $10,000 that will give two more people work experience to produce an operations manual for Avenue Market, the association’s weekly downtown community market.

Participants will develop an outreach plan for the market to work with and co-ordinate with local food security initiatives. The participants will also conduct an asset inventory of downtown Vernon to identify opportunities to improve the market and encourage visitors to shop downtown. This 32-week project is scheduled to wrap-up in late January.

These projects are funded through the Community and Employer Partnerships program, which was introduced in April 2012 as part of the Employment Program of BC.

One year ago, government created the B.C. Skills for Jobs Blueprint to ensure more British Columbians have the skills they need to be first in line for in-demand jobs in B.C.'s diverse, strong and growing economy.

The Community and Employer Partnerships program is featured in B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint and provides more support to people who are struggling to gain a foothold in the job market. It helps build stronger partnerships with industry and labour to connect British Columbians with classroom and on-the-job training, while making it easier for employers to hire the skilled workers they need – when and where they need them.

More than 800 job seekers have benefited from work experience and nearly 180 projects have been funded throughout the province.

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