Workplace TASK

Adult with disabilities prepare to join the workforce

Adult with disabilities prepare to join the workforce

Would you like to find fulfilling work and make a contribution to your community in a setting that accommodates your disability?

51's Workplace TASK is an eight-month program that offers students with disabilities the opportunity to learn self-management and employment skills. TASK stands for Training in Attitudes, Skills, and Knowledge for the Workplace. It is a full-time program that runs four days a week from 8:30 to 2:30 each day from September to late April, in a safe and supportive classroom setting. And, depending on your personal circumstances, funding may be available to cover tuition costs, books and supplies.

As a TASK student, you participate in a series of employability workshops, such as Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), FoodSafe, First Aid, and WorldHost. You also learn basic computer skills and get support as you explore career options, prepare your résumé, and rehearse for interviews.

In addition, you take part in three community-based work experiences to gain valuable on-the-job experience with employers who recognize your potential.

Once you complete the Workplace TASK program, you have the skills and experience necessary to find employment in the community. Or you can pursue further studies at 51 or elsewhere to enhance your qualifications for employment.

Career Outlook for adults with disabilities

The Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society reports that only 52.7% of people with physical disabilities and 26.1% of people with intellectual disabilities were employed in Canada in 2011. In B.C. alone, the 2012 Statistics Canada’s Canadian Survey on Disability estimated 546,760 British Columbians age 15 and over had a disability — representing 14.8 per cent of the population.

In 2014, acknowledging that steps must be taken to improve opportunities for people with disabilities, the province of B.C. launched Accessibility 2024, an action plan to increase accessibility, not only to employment, but also to services, housing, transportation, income support, and more.

In light of this new initiative, there is no better time for adults with disabilities to gain new employment skills and prepare to take advantage of the opportunities slated to open up by 2024.