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Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society

Youth Employment Support Services (YES²) Program

About YES² Program

YES² Employment Program allows you to gain skills to become job ready by learning about topics such as leadership, time management, effective job search tools and techniques, financial literacy, and problem-solving skills!

You will also gain valuable work experience in different industries.



Program Features

  • Action planning for Goal Employment
  • Occupational Specific Language Training (OSLT) Assessment, and Training
  • Foreign Credential Evaluation, if needed
  • Financial support for Skills Enhancement Services (e.g. technical skills and academic upgrading, exam preparation, professional membership and recognition)
  • Networking with professionals, employers and regulators
  • Job search assistance

Eligibility Criteria

Immigration Status + Current resident of BC

  • Canadian Citizen
  • Permanent Resident
  • Refugee status


  • Youth aged 16-30


  • High school non-completion
  • Self-identified as disabled
  • Homeless or living in low-income household
  • Self-identified as LGBTQ2+
  • Involvement in Criminal Justice System
  • Substance Abuse
  • Indigenous
  • Recent immigrant
  • Single parent
  • Involuntary not in education, employment, or training for 6 months
*1 item from each category must be met to be eligible

Contact Information

YESS Flyer

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I was referred to PICS by a settlement officer from S.U.C.C.E.S.S. for this program. As a new immigrant to Canada with very few resources and idea on how to integrate into the community, I thought that this opportunity was an incredible help for me to get started generally in adjusting to Canada life and particularly getting a jumpstart with my career.

Jessica Marie Laya

Hello my name is Anjali, I’m a Nurse by profession. I joined this programme because I was new to Canada, I didn’t know about professional practices here and wanted to upgrade myself according to Canadian culture and practices. I liked most about this programme that it was paid training with some Canadian experience which is the need for new immigrants.


I have been taught a lot of skills in a short period of time here at PICS. Networking would have to be one of the most important. Oddly enough we found that word of mouth is the most common contributor to employment. After all, you are the people you surround yourself with. On top of that, I learned how to make a “bullet proof” resume and cover letter. The contrast between my old resume and the new one is astonishing. They are not even close in comparison. It is important to “awe” an employer when seeking a new job. That’s why my new-found assets of an elevator pitch and “S.T.A.R. stories” are so crucial to me now. These are great tools to have in your back pocket, and they definitely set you apart from the competition. I can’t wait to see how far I am able to go with all these new techniques.

Matt Hauer

It gave me the opportunity to practice and improve my English. The training is aligned with my work requirements, for example I exercised individual and group presentation, team work, job search and interview skills. As a result, I feel much more confident and comfortable doing these things and really enjoyed this programme. Thanks for giving me a chance to participate in such kind of training.

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