Food Hub Work Experience

(Serving Victoria and Abbotsford)

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Support Your Local British Columbia

When you take our Express to Success Food Hub Edition you are supporting your local farmers, and helping promote production growth while making local food more accessible to large markets all while stimulating economic growth.

What Will You Learn?

Skills

Industry led on the job training

Networking

Create connections with local producers, businesses and farmers

Coaching

On the job coaching and support

Experience

Get work experience in a GROWING industry

Certificates

WHMIS, Works Safe BC – Back Talk …and more!

Photos Of Our Participants During Their Work Experience Week

What's in it for you?

The newest edition to our employment program is Food Hub Work Experience!

The Food Hub responds to the producers and needs specific to its region. All food hubs strive to promote production growth, and support farmers, making local food accessible to larger markets while stimulating economic growth.

Who is Eligible for this Training?

Be at least 15 – 30 years old

Legally entitled to work in Canada

Note: EI Recipients MAY be eligible for top-up benefits

Unemployed

A resident of British Columbia

Committed to 6 weeks of training

ParticipantFood Hub Work Experience Program

“The food hub work experience is a spectacular program that introduced me to the shuswap cidery company, where I have been learning some amazing work essentials to get back to work. I have been working part-time in a super friendly environment, whom all have beautiful, warm hearts. I feel right at home when I walk through the doors of the shuswap cider company. I enjoy making four packs, and doing some prisoner squats while moving flats of cider--keeps me in shape. Thanks for this wonderful chance to get my certification, and not to mention the work experience with Lindsay, Gena, and Kailee.”

Michael BellFood Hub Work Experience Program - Victoria

"As someone who cares deeply about food sovereignty and security I see The Food Hub Work Experience Program as an important gateway through which people like me can connect with individuals and organizations who are doing this work in our community. The Food Hub Work Experience Program couldn't come at a better time, because investing in local food systems is essential if we hope to break the cycle of over-consumption and fossil fuel dependence."

Zack MutandaFood Hub Work Experience Program - Victoria

"It was very interesting and bonding, learning the basics of food production, food safety and its distribution. Learning communication skills, love of taking care of others."

Marisa ForlerFood Hub Work Experience Program - Victoria

"Jumana is a very knowledgeable and friendly person, she is the right person for the job. She went above my expectations and made me feel supported through the whole process"

Ashleigh NuttallFood Hub Work Experience Program - Victoria

"My favourite part about this program was getting my first aid and food safe for free it was very generous and helped me out. I’m also happy with my new job I got from the program it is a great environment and I’ve met let’s of nice new people as well as gaining cooking and latte art skills."

FHWE Participant - AnonymousFood Hub Work Experience Program - Abbotsford

"This program has made me much more confident in finding more jobs in the future. Everyone who's helped me through the program has made it very enjoyable. I learned a lot of new skills I never new were needed while in the kitchen, I've become a lot better at socializing and working in costumer service. I feel really lucky to have this opportunity."

Breanna GagneFood Hub Work Experience Program - Abbotsford

"i liked this program for the courses and people in it. Had a great time the last couple of weeks gaining more experience with everyone."

BryceFood Hub Work Experience Program - Abbotsford

"This program was very valuable to someone like me who often finds themselves unemployed come winter (as a small scale farmer). The program got me engaged with an organization that aligns with my values and interests (South Island FarmHub) and learn more about the ongoing efforts to strengthen our local food system. I have been removed from an office environment for 6 years so it was great to gain that experience and confidence working in a professional online work environment again. I really am excited about what I have learned and the connections I have made and look forward to finding future opportunities to get involved in our local food scene beyond the growing."

Marissa CarlbergFood Hub Work Experience Program - Victoria

"This program was very valuable to someone like me who often finds themselves unemployed come winter (as a small scale farmer). The program got me engaged with an organization that aligns with my values and interests (South Island FarmHub) and learn more about the ongoing efforts to strengthen our local food system. I have been removed from an office environment for 6 years so it was great to gain that experience and confidence working in a professional online work environment again. I really am excited about what I have learned and the connections I have made and look forward to finding future opportunities to get involved in our local food scene beyond the growing."

Kirin MannFood Hub Work Experience Program - Vancouver

"I joined the Mission Skills program after seeing an Instagram Ad on Commissary Connect’s channel. I have a passion for food and wanted to work in the Food Industry. When I saw the opportunity to be apart of the program, I applied right away. I found the process easy enough and enjoyed speaking with Amy who helped onboard me. I was given a tour of the Commissary Connect kitchen and that’s when I knew I really wanted to work here. In my interview, I was able to express how keen I was to work in Operations. Sarb and Amy offered me a position in their team assisting with Operations and Admin. From the online training course to work experience, I have really enjoyed my time and being a part of a team. I liked the Food safe course the most. I enjoyed meeting new people, learning new skills and overcoming challenges. I have gained confidence and business acumen that I’m sure will help me in my future career. Thank you to Commissary Connect for being a great place to work and giving me the chance to be a part of your team.”

Corey FenskeFood Hub Work Experience Program - Salmon Arm

"The food hub work experience program was a great way for me to learn if the food industry was the right path for me. The six week program allowed me to acquire several certifications that are valuable to have no matter what field of work I wish to pursue."

JaydaFood Hub Work Experience Program - Salmon Arm

"I am enjoying the program so much! I love how I got to learn so much in the beginning week and put it to use in the work experience part of the 6 weeks. I'm so happy I got my Food Safe and Serving It Right done during this time as well as it'll help my future goals so much!"

AshleighFood Hub Work Experience Program - Salmon Arm

"I'm really enjoying the program and I'm learning a lot. I've tried lots of new interesting foods as well as learning how to do latte art. I'm currently being trained to cook and prepare food, as well as baking treats. Thanks so much!"

Brent SoulleFood Hub Work Experience Program - Salmon Arm

“I am enjoying the work experience I get every day. Got into a nice schedule and Dave pretty much secured himself a life time customer. Feels like a good match”

Haeven BellefeuilleFood Hub Work Experience Program - Salmon Arm

"The program is such a special opportunity for me and makes me very excited as my first year being an adult. I have enjoyed the first couple of weeks working with a local business called Little B's. I feel very welcome there, I've learned a lot while working with these new people, and I look forward to working with more businesses in the future!"

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How to Apply

1

Application Form

Please answer all of the following questions in the application form, and sign it digitally. Once you have done this you will receive a copy.
2

Follow-Up Email

We will follow up regarding your application via email within 72 hours, with a Employment Barriers Checklist.
3

Eligibility Check

Fill out the employment barriers checklist and return via email
4

Connect Virtually

Once you have completed all of the forms our facilitator will connect with you via email for a virtual interview
5

Welcome Aboard

If you have been chosen to participate in the program, you will be invited to complete some on-boarding/orientation documents

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Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly is Food Hub Work Experience?

The demand for local food is growing fast in Canada! Get on the job training that gives you hands-on learning in a supportive, dynamic, GROWING field in everything from production to packaging, warehousing to transportation!

What is the schedule layout?

1 – week = Training

5 – weeks = Work Experience (You will be expected to work atleast 30 hours per week)

What is the Work Experience Schedule?

Determined by host-employer with a minimum of 30 hours per week

What is a Food Hub?

A FOOD HUB responds to the producers and needs specific to its region. All food hubs strive to promote production growth, and support farmers, making local food accessible to larger markets while stimulating economic growth.

What locations are we serving?

The Victoria Community Food Hub Society (VCFHS) Victoria: 808 Viewfield Rd, Victoria, BC V9A 4V1
Fraser Valley Artisans Food Hub Abbotsford: 2570 Cyril Street Abbotsford, BC V2S 2G2

What certificates are included?

 Some of the certificates and training include: Occupational First Aid Level 1, WHMIS, Manufacturing Food Safety, Worksafe BC Back Talk, and Intro to Manufacturing Safety.

How are you paying me?

Funding provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Workforce Development Agreement.

Contact Information:

 

Address (We have 2 locations):
  • The Victoria Community Food Hub Society (VCFHS) Victoria: 808 Viewfield Rd, Victoria, BC V9A 4V1
  • Fraser Valley Artisans Food Hub Abbotsford: 2570 Cyril Street Abbotsford, BC V2S 2G2
Phone:

604-826-0626

Funding provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Workforce Development Agreement.