About the British Columbia Employment Network
The British Columbia Employment Network (BCEN) is a consortium of local and regional service providers delivering services to youth and adults with intellectual disabilities. Collectively, we support thousands of citizens in a variety of community inclusion and employment services. Our member’s services cover a majority of the Province. Since our inception in 2007, our primary goal has been to increase employment outcomes for youth and adults with intellectual disabilities. The BCEN is joined in our efforts by representatives of Inclusion BC and Community Living British Columbia.
Key activities and milestones accomplished by the BCEN include:
- Development of a comprehensive curriculum of study that prepares community support workers to offer a range of employment supports. Courses include an intensive introduction to supported employment practices, a course on marketing, a course on customized employment and a course on supported self-employment.
- Delivery of our coursework to hundreds of community support workers across the province. These courses have been delivered in collaboration with local community colleges on a credit basis and well as in local communities in conjunction with service providers.
- Delivery of two large-scale learning events (Re-Inventing Day Services Take 1 and Take 2) in 2009 and 2011 respectively that explored strategies to assist organizations to adapt current service delivery models to increase employment outcomes for service participants.
- Publication of the Launching Pad in 2014, a comprehensive guide to support individuals with intellectual disabilities and their supporters who are interested in entrepreneurship and want to pursue the option to be self-employed.
- Co-hosting a National Conference with the Canadian Association for Supported Employment in Victoria in June of 2015.
- Organizing and supporting the SEAN Network (supported employment advocacy network) – a regular gathering of employment support practitioners who share promising practices and provide collegial support to advance best practices and share employment leads.
The BCEN is proud of our collaborative efforts and contributions towards our shared goal of encouraging and supporting individuals to secure and maintain employment. We will continue to work together to advance this goal.
Members of the BCEN include:
AimHi Prince George Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion
Chilliwack Society for Community Living Delta Community Living Society
Inclusion Powell River Society Inclusion Langley Society
North Shore Disability Resource Society PosAbilities Association of BC
Richmond Society for Community Living Community Living Victoria