4 Common Program Areas in Post Secondary for PWD Career Readiness or Career Preparation ProgramsSkill Development Programs Leading to Employment or Further Education
5 DOUGLAS COLLEGE Program Areas Include Career Preparation:Consumer and Job PreparationCareer and Employment PreparationTransitions Program (SD 43)Skill Training:Light Warehouse TrainingCustomer Service and Cashier TrainingFood ServicesElectronic and General AssemblyRetail and Business Services
6 All ProgramsAll programs are designed for students who will not be attending UT programs in the near future and who have employment as their primary goal.All students need to be independent in transportation.Funding for tuition available for over 90% of students.All students will participate in an intake interview with the instructor, prior to acceptance.
9 Career and Employment Preparation (CAEP) New Westminster CampusOne semester (14 week) program; Sept and JanStudents with disabilities or barriers to employmentStrengths / needs; interests; labour market information to make informed career choicesAble to read newspaper; work in groups / classroom setting Funding available for most studentsContact Donna Lowndes (604)
10 Consumer and Job Preparation (CJP) New Westminster Campus12 month programSpecific to students with developmental disabilitiesInterests > labour market > skills / needs; focus on work readiness / skills, work exploration, future directionsReside in: Tri-Cities; Burnaby; New WestminsterMust be referred by CLBCIndependent in transportationTuition paid by CLBC and Douglas CollegeContact Linda Delparte at (604)
11 Transitions Program David Lam Campus SD 43 and beyond; Grade 12 or 12+ One semesterStudents with developmental disabilitiesResults in development of education / employment goals and plansWork experience / explorationContact Irina Tzoneva (604)
13 Light Warehouse Training (LWT) David Lam Campus, CoquitlamSeptember and JanuaryOne semester (14 weeks)Students with barriers to education & employment Opportunity to obtain certificates:Forklift Operators CertificateTransportation of Dangerous GoodsOccupational Health and Safety, and more…Read newspapers / articlesVery strong employment opportunities existFunding available for mostContact Chris Gibson at
14 Sun-Man Lui BOE: Retail and Business Services When Sun-Man Lui started work at Price Waterhouse in 1996, he wasn’t expecting a company merger that would change the name to PricewaterhouseCoopers and place him in a new location and department. But he took this in stride, demonstrating his willingness to adapt. Sun-Man now works in the Tax Library as a File Clerk.“Sun-Man’s independent work style, willingness to learn, concentration and thoroughness make him a valuable member of the Tax Department,” says Assistant Librarian Eleanor Kendall. “His work is always accurate and he does not shy away from asking questions. In fact, his performance has been rated as commendable on numerous occasions.”“The BOE program provided a good solution for one of our high-turnover positions,” says Human Resources Manager Anna-Maria Parente. “Sun-Man now has a satisfying and challenging job, and we have continuity and low turnover in our Tax Library. The College support was excellent, with proactive trainers who were always available for assistance.”Sun-Man Lui
15 Customer Service and Cashier Training David Lam Campus, CoquitlamSeptember and JanuaryOne semester (14 weeks) Opportunity to obtain certificates:World HostPOS CetificationCustomer Service Basic CertificateRead newspapers / articlesVery strong employment opportunitiesFunding available for mostContact Joy Conran at
16 Nicole Pinel BOE: Retail and Business Services (17 years) Enthusiasm, a positive outlook and an independent attitude are just part of what makes Basic Occupational Education (BOE) graduate Nicole Pinel a great Customer Service Clerk at Canada Safeway.“Nicole is an upbeat and pleasant employee,” says Assistant Manager Peter Junker. “She displays good customer relations, and has the ability to take on tasks without supervision.”Nicole is one of over three hundred employees at Safeway’s Sunwood location. “I’m a strong advocate for Douglas College’s programs and the hiring of their graduates,” says Manager Gord McCallum. “The BOE grads have positive attitudes, enjoy their work and are very willing to undertake site-specific training, something that is not always the case with new employees.”Nicole Pinel
17 Basic Occupational Education (BOE) New Westminster CampusAverages 10 months in lengthLab (hands-on), classroom, practicumContinuous intake and exitStudents trained to enter employment inFood ServicesElectronic and General AssemblyRetail and Business ServicesContact Bob Logelin at (604)
18 BOE: Electronic and General Assembly As a graduate of Douglas College’s Basic Occupational Education (BOE) Electronic and General Assembly program, Denis was the ideal employee for Silent Witness Enterprises Ltd., a company that designs and manufactures video camera systems.“Denis’s thoroughness, attention for detail and ability to remain focused so impressed us during his practicum that he was asked to apply for a regular position,” says Production Manager Darren Jarvis.The nature of the job at Silent Witness requires employees who are flexible and prepared to learn new skills at a moments notice. Management at Silent Witness are motivated to hire graduates from the College’s BOE program because they have hands-on experience and background knowledge required to handle the complexities involved in their line of work
19 Nicole Winiaszewski BOE: Food Services (19 years) Working as a dishwasher for Beaver Foods in the Douglas College cafeteria, Nicole Winiaszewski does much more than keep the dishes clean. Due to the company’s policy of cross-training, Nicole is constantly expanding her skills in other areas such as the salad bar, steam table, cash, catering and customer service.“Nicole is a very committed, conscientious, and goal-oriented individual who works well with management and staff,” says Director of Food Services Lisa Crosbie. “She promotes the value of the company’s products and ensures good customer relations through her enthusiasm, willingness to learn and good listening skills.”“Our partnership with the BOE program has a lot of benefits for us,” Lisa continues. “We have access to highly trained practicum students who are familiar with the duties involved in the food services area. It also allows us to train and evaluate potential employees in our own facility.”Nicole Winiaszewski
20 Employment Specialist 527-JOBS Employment supports upon completionData base of over 1,000 employersEstablished relationships with programsMatch student potential to employer needsSupport during training phaseWorkplace information sessionsFuture re-trainingOne year of support at no charge
21 Interested? Contact 527-JOBS Employing a graduate?Hosting a practicum student?More information?
22 Characteristics Skill Training Programs Hands-onMin. criteria (entry)IndividualizedSelf-pacedContinuous intake / exitIndustry based criteriaBusiness partnerships
23 Generic Areas to Address The # 1 skill training issue among students with cognitive disabilities:learning to work fast or developing a sense of urgencyUndoing bad habits (late, sick, behaviours)Setting direction with students through planning processes
24 K-12 students would benefit from: Help to motivate students by:Engaging in regular activities, and taking responsibility for: volunteering, fitness, part-time work, etc.)Becoming Active, Active, Active (fitness, indiv. & team sports, etc.)
28 Help to develop good work skills Punctuality (not too early)Attendance (sniffles)Phone in sick (not Mom or Dad)Independence in TransportationDevelop Independence in GeneralAge Appropriate or Work ClothingGrooming / HygieneGroup or Team ActivitiesWork Appropriate Knowledge / ProceduresEg. Cell phones at work, camera use, etc.
29 While Still in School Develop Generic Skills . Enhance student knowledge of the world of work. Help students to learn to follow directions (task oriented). Help establish on-task behaviours. Support mature students to leave, less mature students to stay
30 Douglas College ASE Programs Typical Learner May have…a disability or barrierpoor self esteempoor academic skillslimited experiencelimited skillswants to work!
31 Disability Rarely Travels Alone! Often compounded by:PovertyCommunications2nd disabilityAbuseLack of supportsTransportationFew options available
32 Employment Lessons Can’t predict success Readiness model not effective Work settings will often accommodate a wide variety of skills & behavioursPeople (often) don’t generalize skillsProblems can’t improve in some settings (classroom; take home curric)Can only simulate to a limited extent(Institute for Community Inclusion, Training Manual)