The Single Parent Employment Initiative (SPEI) removes barriers to employment for single parents on income and disability assistance, providing them with the training and supports they need to secure long-term employment.
Available Supports and Services:
Single parents on income or disability assistance may be eligible for:
- Up to 12 months of training for an in-demand job, or a paid work experience placement. Single parents will be able to remain on income assistance if they attend a training program.
- Full child-care costs during training or work placement – and for the first year of employment.
- Public transit costs to and from school.
- Exemptions for bursaries, scholarships and grants available for a program of study have also been extended to single parents in approved training programs.
- A full suite of WorkBC Employment Services Centre services, such as workshops on resume writing and interview preparation.
- Supplemental health coverage – which includes MSP, Pharmacare – stays in place for the first 12 months after participants leave assistance for employment.
- As of April 9, 2017, 4,712 people have participated in the Single Parent Employment Initiative.
- 92% of participants are female, 8% are male.
- 969 single parents have found employment through SPEI since it began in September 2015. Examples of occupations where single parents have found employment include nurse aide, community service worker, home support worker, and administrative assistant.
- More than 740 people are in training programs. The top five training areas are nurse aide, social/community services worker, administrative assistant, early childhood educator and medical secretary.
- 3,900 single parents are working with a case manager to best determine their future career path.
- Wage subsidies are being provided to the employers of 137 SPEI participants.
- 731 people have received short-term occupational certification in areas such as Emergency First Aid, SuperHost, Serving it Right, FoodSafe and basic computer training.
- Dozens of eligible single parents are joining the program every week.
- About 17,000 single parents on income or disability assistance in B.C. are eligible for the Single Parent Employment Initiative.
- Single parents must have been on income or disability assistance for three months to be eligible for funded training programs.
How to Participate:
- Contact your local WorkBC Employment Services Centre to confirm eligibility for supports and services. Find your nearest WorkBC Centre at www.WorkBCCentres.ca
- All eligible participants will be assessed by a WorkBC Case Manager to map out supports and services to help participants move off income assistance and find employment.
To find out more about SPEI, visit here: www.gov.bc.ca/SingleParentEmploymentInitiative
Check out stories from SPEI participants here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/stories/single-parent-employment-initiative-success-stories
Media RelationsMinister of Social Development and Social Innovation