New COTR program helps aging workers upgrade their skills

COTR is offering a new 14-week program that will ensure that older workers have the skills they need to stay in the workforce.

The College of the Rockies is offering a new 14-week program that will ensure that older workers have the skills they need to stay in the workforce.

“This program, called Targeted Initiative for Older Workers Program, will make aging workers, who perhaps cannot remain in a physical job any longer, more employable,” said Jane Powell, the program co-ordinator.

Students will learn life and workplace necessities such as computer training, resume, interview and job search skills, and communication skills. The 14 weeks, starting on March 30, includes four days a week of in class training for the first 10 weeks, followed by four weeks of job searching.

“This program has run at other COTR campuses and has been really successful. Golden applied for it, and we’re really excited to be offering it,” said Powell.

The Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training is funding the training, meaning that it is tuition free for all students enrolled. Not only that, but there is also an income support allowance for participants of up to $1,200 a month.

There is only space for 12 students, and there is some criteria that must be met to be eligible.

Preference will be given to residents of Golden and Area A who are between the ages of 55 and 64, although applicants slightly outside of that age group may also be considered. Participants must be unemployed (with some exceptions such as EI recipients), and eligible to work in Canada.

The goal of this program is work placement, so participants must also be employable and ready and willing to work.

Packages are available at the COTR campus. Due to the fact that there is limited space, prospective participants will go through an interview process. If you have any questions you can contact Powell at the college at 250-344-5901.