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Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society

Retail, Warehousing, Supply Chain and Logistics – STE

About STE Program

This program is designed to empower eligible participants, especially Recent Immigrants, Refugees, and Visible Minorities with limited Canadian education, working experience and language proficiency. Participants will graduate with a post-secondary credential, equipped with foundational knowledge and skills for the Retail or Warehousing industry for a sustainable employment.

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  • Financial Support for occupational skills Training
  • $10 daily allowance for 12 weeks
  • One-on-one employment counseling and coaching services
  • Job search skills and directed work search
  • Support with re-entry in the workforce
  • Specific Skills training related to targeted job

Certificate Courses

  • EEmergency First Aid/ FIOPPA
  • E WHMIS (for Warehousing)
  • E Forklift (for Warehousing)
  • E Safe Lifting Techniques (for Warehousing)
  • E World Host (for Retail)
  • E Food Safe (for Retail)

Expected outcome

  • EIncreased employability skills
  • EImproved knowledge of soft skills in workplace to maintain a sustainable job
  • EDevelop hands-on experience through work experience
  • EBetter understanding of current labour market trends and work environment to land a sustainable job.

Project Model

Duration (# of weeks) Timeline Training Components
1 Week 1 Orientation and Career Exploration - PICS
Orientation, Indigenous Cultural Component, Career Exploration
1 Week 2 Digital Literacy
Introduction to Skills for Success, basic computer skills training
2 Week 3-4 Employment Readiness and Workplace Language Training
Soft skills training, industry specific English language training, job search skills and documents
1 Week 5 Warehousing:
WHMIS, Forklift, Emergency First Aid / FOIPPA, Safe Lifting Techniques
World Host, Food Safe, Emergency First Aid / FOIPPA
12 Week 6 – 17 Customized Training and Employment Support for Retail and Warehouse / Logistics Industries
Option 1- Group Training: Occupational Skills Training (Western Community College)
Option 2 – One on One Supports: Customized Job Development Services and One-on-One Employment Coaching for those who prefer not to take the group training but to look employment right away
2 Week 18-19 Job Search Support / Follow-up Services
Total # of weeks 19

Eligibility Criteria

Immigration Status + Current resident of BC

  • Canadian Citizen
  • Permanent Resident
  • Refugee with Court Notice of Decision
  • International Student Graduates
  • Open Work-Permit Holders

Employment Status

  • Unemployed, multi-barriered Job seeker individual


  • Visible Minority, Recent Immigrant, Refugee
  • Young Adult at Risk
  • Older Worker
  • Survivor of Violence and/or Abuse
  • Person with Disabilities


  • Not receiving duplicative financial supports from another provincially or federally funded labour market program, though may be receiving complementary, non- duplicative financial supports from other programs, such as WorkBC, that enable or enhance program participation

*1 item from each category must be met to be eligible

In addition to above mentioned general eligibility, Applicant should be an individual who self-identifies as facing two or more of the following barriers to employment:

  • 9Housing instability
  • 9Recovering from addiction
  • 9Prior criminal justice involvement
  • 9Mental health challenges
  • 9Lack of recent and/or Canadian work experience
  • 9Lack of basic employment skills
  • 9Limited literacy, financial literacy, or digital literacy skills
  • 9Limited English language skills
  • 9Having less than a Grade 12 education

Contact Information


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