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Workplace Essential Skills and Training Program

Course Descriptions

WDYP 003 Workplace Readiness 1 Practicum
Students will be introduced to basic worksite training experiences necessary for employment. They will practice problem solving, follow instructions, work with team members, and practice good communication skills in gardening, field work, janitorial and customer service. These skills will be practiced on and off site using a community development model.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the WEST Program.
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WDYP 005 Attitudes on the Job 
Students practice appropriate communications for the workplace environment and learn to distinguish between passive, assertive and aggressive behaviours. The importance of regular attendance, punctuality, proper attitude, grooming, working with others, and taking directions are emphasized. Professional relationships in the workplace are observed, discussed, and practiced.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the WEST Program.
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WDYP 006 Workplace Safety 
Students will understand and develop safe work habits to meet employer and industry expectations. Topics include safety on the job, worker's compensation knowledge and WHMIS training in both WHMIS 1988 and WHMIS 2015. Certificates: WHMIS 2015.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the WEST Program.
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WPAW 003 Workplace Readiness 2 Practicum
This course will extend students' knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will enable them to demonstrate appropriate workplace behaviors. The focus is on shaping attitudes necessary to be successful in the workplace, including becoming aware of the importance of workplace safety. This course also explores issues of workplace fitness and stamina.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the WEST Program.
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WPAW 006 Workplace Communications 
Students will be introduced to the basics of communication skills. Emphasis will be placed on verbal and non-verbal communication: appropriate greetings/introductions, use of eye contact, non-verbal behaviour, and listening skills will be practised as a prerequisite to job interview skills. Topics covered include handling criticism and conflict.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the WEST Program.
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WPAW 007 Employment Standards 
This course will provide students with an understanding of their rights and responsibilities as an employee in British Columbia.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the WEST Program.
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WSFE 004 Worksite Training 1 Practicum
Students will continue building their worksite training skills necessary for various types of employment by modelling/teaching skills required on the job to Module 7 WEST students. Additionally, students will learn about entrepreneurial models, and they will create and deliver one of these models in the Fair to Fare Market.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the WEST Program.
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WSFE 005 Workplace Literacy 
This course is designed to enhance students' workplace literacy skills in reading and numeracy. Content includes reading, understanding, and interpreting workplace documents. Participants will also be introduced to basic operations, problem solving, working with time, money recognition (paper and coin), reading numbers, using a calculator, and cash register etiquette.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the WEST Program.
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WSFE 006 Computer Foundations 
This course is designed to give students an introduction to computers, the Internet, email, and social networking, as well as an introduction to word processing (MSWord). This course will include a unit on computer etiquette, safety, and social networking, including Facebook.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the WEST Program.
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WMTI 005 Worksite Training 2 Practicum
This course provides students with opportunities to experience the expectations of entry-level employment through hands-on practice. The course may include an individual work placement that develops confidence and independence in the workplace. The course explores issues of workplace fitness and stamina.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the WEST Program.
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WMTI 006 Community Connections 
This course is intended to enhance students' awareness and engagement in community issues. Topics will include volunteerism, social responsibility, and personal contributions to community.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the WEST Program.
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WMTI 007 Strategies for Employment
This course is designed to teach students the skills necessary to survive and get ahead on a new job. Emphasis will include understanding the critical role of personality and feelings in the workplace. Students will also continue to actively seek paid employment. Creating a business/entrepreneurship will also be discussed.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the WEST Program.
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How to Apply

For more information please contact at 604-485-2878.