Literacy Alberni Society has received a $ 340,000 grant to teach new online training programs.

Up to 30 eligible British Columbians are being prepared to work as web designers and developers in this new British Columbia Government Community and Employer Partnership (CEP) project.

“The demand for web developers is expected to outgrow other professions in the coming years,” said Nicholas Simons, Minister for Social Development and Poverty Reduction. “This unique certification and competency training project for eligible participants prepares them for jobs in BC’s growing technology industry.”

Literacy Alberni will use its $ 340,000 grant to provide attendees with online training, including project management, design principles, and WordPress over two periods.

“Our program is an incredible opportunity for our community,” said Lance Boer, project leader and essential skills educator at Literacy Alberni.

“As the current pandemic has pushed companies to focus more on their online operations, the need for web developers in our region and across BC has increased,” said Boer. “Because our program is completely virtual, participants can learn these new professional skills from the safety of their home during the pandemic.”

Participants receive six weeks of on-site work experience and two weeks of employment support to help them find a job.

Graduates receive a Front-End Web Developer Certification, which means that a person has mastered the program skills and is ready to work in the field. Other certification courses include privacy and information sharing, harassment awareness and prevention, and advice on the HubSpot platform.

Full-time online learning for the first year started on December 21, 2020 and project activities will run until September 17, 2021. Everyone who wants to find out more about the second section, which runs from February 8 to November 5, 2021 , or other CEP projects, can contact your local WorkBC center.

Project funding is provided through WorkBC’s project-based labor market training stream of the CEP. The aim of CEP is to increase the employment and work experience opportunities for unemployed British Columbians through the use of local community partnerships, shared information, technology and innovative practices.

“Alberni has been working in the Alberni Valley and the West Coast since 2004 promoting and supporting literacy, education, language and settlement activities, and our local communities have benefited greatly from this,” said Josie Osborne, MLA for Mid Island-Pacific Rim.

“This new project will provide participants with the skills, confidence and qualifications to build exciting new careers.

“I wish you all the best in your studies.”

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