Food Hub Work Experience

(Serving Victoria, Vancouver, Surrey, Abbotsford, and Salmon Arm)

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  • Your health, safety and security is our priority. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic we have taken extra per-cautions to make sure our environment is safe.

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!

Work Experience Schedule

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

Gim AngSmall ScaleFood Entrepreneurs Program Participant

"The course is useful in a few different ways. If you have intentions to set up a business, it provides the ground work and directions for it. It is very useful if your business plan veers towards food processing because the food processing course is detailed and thorough. And once you have a particular business idea, the how to of writing a business plan is taught and the format is given is useful and simple to follow."

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."

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."

M. Renée FulsomSmall Scale Food Entrepreneurs Program Participant

"I was a recent participant in the SSFPA Agri-Food Entrepreneur and Agri-Food Supervisor training program and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
It was a well structured course, numerous highly experienced presenters, content was relevant and very helpful. I have already recommended it highly to others."

Amanda ShawSmall Scale Food Entrepreneurs Program Participant

"At first glance, the program seemed daunting, and out of my league. After my initial application, my feelings changed to excitement, opportunity, and gratitude for having been selected to participate. The itinerary was jam packed with invaluable information, resources, support, encouragement, certificates, and best of all- friendships and connections that, I expect, will last a lifetime. I would recommend this program to anyone the skills learned in this course extend much further than the food industry. Instilling confidence, encouragement and acceptance every step of the way."

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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

Build Connections. Develop Skills. Get Paid.

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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 Commissary Connect Food Hub Vancouver/Surrey: 107-8811 Laurel St. Vancouver, BC V6P 3V9 Fraser Valley Artisans Food Hub Abbotsford: 2570 Cyril Street Abbotsford, BC V2S 2G2 Zest Commercial Food Hub Salmon Arm: 1140 4th Ave SW Salmon Arm, BC V1E 1T1

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 4 locations):
  • The Victoria Community Food Hub Society (VCFHS) Victoria: 808 Viewfield Rd, Victoria, BC V9A 4V1
  • Commissary Connect Food Hub Vancouver/Surrey: 107-8811 Laurel St. Vancouver, BC V6P 3V9
  • Fraser Valley Artisans Food Hub Abbotsford: 2570 Cyril Street Abbotsford, BC V2S 2G2
  • Zest Commercial Food Hub Salmon Arm: 1140 4th Ave SW Salmon Arm, BC V1E 1T1
Phone:

604-826-0626

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