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

Karen spoke to us 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.


Rotary At Work


Rotary is involved in other programs to connect People with Different Abilities to the workforce.  Watch the video below and CLICK HERE to visit the Rotary At Work website.  

 
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