WorkBC.ca is one of the largest job boards in British Columbia, helping people find work within small businesses and large companies, and in every industry that B.C. has to offer.
However, with specialized online tools, WorkBC.ca goes way beyond hosting employment postings – they help job seekers map their careers with Blueprint Builder, discover their interests with Career Compass quizzes, and inspire job seekers with Career Trek videos.
Helping people find jobs and meaningful careers is only one-half of the equation – the other is assisting employers, like small businesses, in finding new employees that will contribute to the success of their businesses. Employers can use WorkBC.ca’s free job board and call centre to find talent to grow their businesses. WorkBC.ca has seen employer registration and job postings increase 69% this fiscal (compared to last) and has almost nine million visits to the job board annually.
Scott Plastics, an innovative manufacturer from Sidney, recently used WorkBC.ca’s job board to fill a vacancy requiring a very specific and rare skill set.
“Scott Plastics Ltd. utilized several well-known employment websites to post technical job openings. We turned to the WorkBC website as an alternative to commercially available services,” says Robert Ashbourne, CFO of Scott Plastics. “The WorkBC account creation process was easy, job posting layout and listing requirements were relevant, the level of service was outstanding and the posting was free for employers. We received applications from several skilled tradespeople and hired an applicant after being unable to find qualified applicants through other H.R. related service providers and job listing portals. In the future, we plan to utilize the WorkBC website again to find and engage job seekers.”
WorkBC.ca continues to make it easier for people to find jobs in British Columbia and supports the growth of businesses like Scott Plastics. The range of WorkBC.ca’s online resources like the new Industry Information section, gives businesses an edge in planning for future employment opportunities.
WorkBC.ca offers employers additional resources like information on human resource management, funding opportunities, training, and running and expanding a business. WorkBC.ca users can also access advisors who can provide professional insight and help with things like:
- Starting a business.
- Accessing funding.
- Completing grant applications.
- Accessing employee training through the Canada-B.C. Job Grant.
- Meeting employment standards and WorkSafeBC regulations.
“WorkBC helps businesses throughout the province apply for grant funding, access WorkSafeBC programs, and apply for employee skills training so they can continue creating jobs and strengthening B.C.’s economy,” said Coralee Oakes, Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction. “WorkBC plays a valuable role connecting employers with these resources, a service that is especially important to small businesses that may not be aware of the information and tools available to help them grow.”
Small businesses throughout B.C. can truly benefit from these resources, as not all companies have the capacity or time to seek out the information they need to grow and succeed.
“The services available on WorkBC.ca are available to employers not only to recruit talent but to also help them grow their business,” said Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism, Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour. “Employers can find information on starting a business, accessing funding options and training grants, supporting apprenticeships, learning about workplace rights, and to help them further expand their businesses. Supporting these small businesses through WorkBC.ca is just one way that we are helping to keep B.C.’s economy diverse, strong and growing.”
- There are over 16,000 jobs posted on WorkBC.ca and year-over-year openings have gone up 16%.
- The WorkBC.ca job board has almost 108,000 registered job seekers, and over 39,000 registered employers. The call centre responds to an average of 2,500 monthly inquiries, of which the majority are from employers and job seekers engaging with the WorkBC Job Bank.
- There were approximately 388,500 small businesses operating in B.C. in 2015 – 313,500 have fewer than five employees.
- Small businesses make up 98% of all business in B.C. and employ over one million people.
WorkBC.ca Employer Resources: https://www.workbc.ca/Employer-Resources.aspx
WorkBC Industry resources: https://www.workbc.ca/industry