SOURCES loses bid to provide future employment services in Cloverdale and South Surrey/White Rock
Future employment services in Cloverdale and South Surrey/White Rock will be provided by another agency next spring.
Letters received by SOURCES earlier in December state that The Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction “determined that MultiLingual Orientation Service Association for Immigrant Communities (MOSAIC) is the highest scoring Proponent with respect to the [Cloverdale and South Surrey/White Rock] Catchments.”
“SOURCES has been providing employment services to Cloverdale and South Surrey/White Rock for more than a decade. We are highly regarded by our community and our peers. Of course, this is disappointing news for us. It is a difficult time especially for our employment services team members,” said CEO David Young.
“However, I am confident that with their skills and abilities, they will secure new opportunities. We will be working with our staff to assist them as well. I am extremely proud of the work performed by our team in helping people who are unemployed, underemployed or at risk of losing employment.”
Over the years, we have supported hundreds of employers to hire and thousands of jobseekers to prepare for, obtain and maintain sustainable employment. Since 2012, we have helped more than 2,500 people to get jobs or start their own business, and over 6,000 people to secure apprenticeships or other training. Clients include youth, immigrants, Indigenous people, survivors of violence, people with disabilities and others.
There are 30 staff affected by this change – 15 from Cloverdale (four are partner staff) and 15 from South Surrey/White Rock (four are partner staff). The two Employment Services Centres represented over $4 million of SOURCES’ budgeted funding – in other words, 18 per cent of our agency’s total budget.
The transition to the new service provider will take place over the next few months, with SOURCES winding up its employment services on March 31, 2019.
To learn more about Sources Employment Services Centres, please visit https://www.sourcesworkbc.ca/