Work BC East Kootenay Employment (EK Employment) is introducing the Refer to Win program this year in the hopes of providing efficient and quick support for individuals who need to get back to work.
The local employment specialists, who have a centre here in the Elk Valley, hope to encourage individuals who are currently accessing one-on-one services to talk and share their experiences with their family and friends through this program.
“Hearing from friends and family can be a great way to learn about resources we have in our community,” Amy Boeckner, Business Services Coordinator at the Fernie EK Employment office said. “Often, I find that when you hear from a family member and you see them reach success…often it resonates with someone and helps them take that first step, which often can be the most scary step.”
Each time an individual makes a successful referral to their local EK Employment Centre they will be entered into a draw to win one of four $50 gift certificates to a local business of their choice.
The program will run for four months beginning in January 2015.
“We’re just really excited for the New Year and [we’re] looking forward to helping as many people as possible reach their goals,” Boeckner noted. “Especially in this New Year, people are looking to get back into work and find a job; we’re here to help.”