“Natanya is a fully contributing member of our team. Employment and all other forms of inclusion are really important to me. I’d like to inspire other employers to hire inclusively – it is the right and best thing to do.” — Jennifer Hood, Founder, CEO, Jump Gymnastics
September 2022 marks the eighth annual Disability Employment Month in British Columbia. It’s time to recognize the value of a diverse workforce, and to celebrate the edge that hiring inclusively brings to employers across industries. Did you know that studies show diverse and inclusive workplaces are:
- twice as likely to meet or exceed financial targets;
- three times as likely to be high-performing; and
- six times more likely to be innovative and agile?
B.C.’s latest Labour Market Outlook (LMO) forecasts more than one million job openings into the next decade. Employers need to be increasingly creative and competitive to attract the talent that they require. People 29 or younger entering the workforce for the first time will be the largest source of B.C.’s new labour supply. They will fill approximately 48,000 job openings or 48% of the total job openings each year for the next 10 years. People with diverse abilities are ready, willing and able to contribute to closing that gap.
posAbilities Employment Service (PES), assisted many career seekers over the past year to find meaningful employment. Meet two of them: Natanya and Ranvir. Discover their passions, skills and their journey to employment. See how Employment Specialists (ES) connect job seekers to employers by offering guidance and support from first point of contact, through to the application and interview process. An ES also assists with training and job coaching. Working alongside peers, they foster a productive, collegial and sustainable work environment until it’s time to fade their support.
Curious to get started on your journey as an inclusive employer or job seeker? There are no fees for employers. Employment Services may be funded by Community Living BC for eligible adults, or privately. Please visit www.PESWorks.ca online, email [email protected] or call 236-471-0444 for more information.
Media Contact: Monique Nelson, Director of Community Engagement
Cell 604-369-4073 | [email protected]