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Snapshot shows local impact of job training, poverty reduction programs

The Skills Centre’s Emily Gora meets with a prospective client.

Kelton is one of the 73 per cent of youth who found regular employment after completing their training plan. Jenn is one of the 97% of mature workers who completed a short term occupational certificate. Damaris is one of the clients who accessed training services in Spanish.

All three were clients of the Skills Centre in the past year, and all three are representative of the impact the Skills Centre has in the community. The Skills Centre has released its first Community Impact Report showcasing the work it does in the Kootenay and Boundary region.

“We help a lot of people get training and find jobs. We have solid partnerships with a lot of local organizations. We do a lot in the community, and we realized that we haven’t been sharing some of these positive stories publicly,” says Emily Gora, Program Development Officer at the Skills Centre.

“This report is a snapshot of the work we do in our communities. It highlights our poverty reduction work with five local governments. It lists the sponsorships we have made to shine a light on equity, diversity and inclusion, such as the Jesse Thistle and Desmond Cole presentations with the Mir Centre for Peace and Selkirk College.”

“Our mission is to create opportunities for all people to be engaged in a caring community. Next year we’ll be celebrating our 25th anniversary in the community, so it’s time we tell our story,” Gora adds.

Read the Skills Centre’s Community Impact Report here.

Gora says the plan is to release a new Community Impact Report each year in late spring just before the nonprofit’s annual general meeting.

The Skills Centre is a not-for-profit strengthening rural and industrial communities in BC through workplace skills development, training services and social development programming. It offers skills training and wellness programs for youth, mature workers and everyone in between to build a caring community of skilled, productive and engaged people.