14
Sep
2019
PNW Passport
Roadhouse Grille
1781 King George Boulevard
Surrey, BC  V4A 4Z9
Canada

Karen McDiarmid is a member of the Vancouver Yaletown Rotary Club and works at ASTTBC (Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of BC).

Karen will be speaking about a project called TechAbility –  a research project to help people with disabilities explore careers in the technology sector, and to assess innovative and collaborative approaches for connecting career-oriented job seekers with disabilities/diverse abilities, to technical occupations in BC.

What is TechAbility?

TechAbility is a Research and Innovation project funded by the government of British Columbia and managed by ASTTBC, to assess innovative and collaborative approaches for connecting career-oriented job seekers with disabilities/diverse abilities to technical occupations in BC.

What are the Objectives?

The goal is to recruit 42 participants for customized pre-employment cohort training followed by job shadowing and mentorship opportunities in order to develop a framework and matrix of 20 different technical occupations ideal for people with diverse abilities. The framework/matrix will be used to:

  • Identify strategies for employers in the sector to successfully recruit and retain diverse talent
  • Determine scalability for the recruitment of people with diverse abilities in BC’s technical sector, to offer additional opportunities for employers to address current workforce needs
  • Develop a TechAbility online resource to support employers, service providers and persons with diverse abilities interested in a technical career

How can you get Involved?

  • Support our participants by sharing your knowledge and passion as a Guest Industry Speaker during Cohort Training
  • Offer a one-week Job Shadowing to a participant to assist us with this industry research
  • Hire candidates who graduate from the 1 week Cohort Training program


ASTTBC will be delivering pre-job shadow cohort training to participants in the areas of mentorship training, Occupational Health & Safety, introduction to Code of Ethics & Professional Practice as will as networking and professionalism.

If you are an employer and want to get involved in this project please contact Karen McDiarmid at 604-585-2788 ext 259 or kmcdiarmid@asttbc.org to explore opportunities.

 



 
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