From generation to generation

To help relieve the shortage of workers in the food processing sector, the Société de développement économique de la Colombie-Britannique (SDECB) worked for many months to establish a new program combining training with a paid internship.

Make room for young emerging workers thanks to the Hands On! program and its simplified hiring process. In addition to assisting you and your company to recruit for a position that will last at least for five (5) months, the SDECB provides the successful candidate with three (3) free training courses related to the field. Not only is the SDECB supporting you in your search for qualified workers, it is also helping you to train them―it’s a winning formula all round!

To be eligible, your business must meet the following criteria:

You are involved in food processing, but not the restaurant industry

Your team has a maximum of 50 employees

You are ready to pay an intern for a minimum 20-week job

You live in British Columbia

Our business expertise can even help you to establish a human resources strategy for long-term succession planning. All you have to do is present your job offer and the SDECB will help you with the rest!

Work to your full potential

Roll up your sleeves and sign up for Hands On! Through this initiative, you could obtain a paid internship with a company and take advantage of free training for three (3) certifications that are essential for your career in an agri-food setting (WHMIS worker safety training, Food Safety (FoodSafe or MarketSafe), Business Acumen (Recipe for Success or another relevant workshop).

Are you eligible?

I am interested in agri-food businesses and hands-on learning

I am between 18 and 35 years of age

I am ready to start a full-time 20-week internship (placements to begin no later than June 30, 2017)

I am open to holding a variety of jobs

This program is provided in partnership with:

Investment Agriculture Foundation British Columbia

Government of British Columbia

Government of Canada.

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