Get on the fast track at the Black Press Extreme Education and Career Fair

The event is set for April 26 at the Cloverdale Agriplex

You don’t have to be 20 years old and just starting out in the work world to attend the Black Press Extreme Education and Career Fair.

You can actually be in your 30s, 40s and 50s and be looking for a career makeover. People of all age ranges drop into Black Press career fairs, the first of which in Metro Vancouver this year takes place at the Cloverdale Agriplex.

The event is set for this April 26, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., and is the third such career fair in the Metro Vancouver area, following two previous events last spring and fall.

People who show up will have a virtual buffet of potential employers willing to talk and listen and see if job seekers’ skills and experience match what they’re looking for.

If they don’t, several colleges will also be at the fair to show how people can they can upgrade and get the skills for the job they want.

New exhibitors this time around include CN Rail, said Brittney Prentice, events marketing coordinator with Black Press News Media Group.

“This is the first time for Vancouver Police Department participating in one of our events. This the first time McDonald’s is participating in this Lower Mainland event.”

While some public employers will have rigid application processes, career fairs provide a speedy shortcut to interviews for many job hunters who show up with freshly minted resumes.

“Some companies will do interviews on the spot,” said Prentice.

Specific programs that are geared for the job market will be profiled at the fair. Prentice said about 78 per cent of future jobs will require some type of post-secondary education.

For job hunters, it’s going to be a buyer’s market for several years. Prentice said the BC Labour Market Outlook for 2018 says between 2017 and 2027, there will be 917,000 job vacancies in B.C.

Almost half of those positions will be filled by people just entering the work force. Warehouse work and retail management will be have the highest demand for staff.

Public agencies such as BC Corrections, ICBC and the Canadian Armed Forces also will be among the exhibitors.

The several schools that will be there include Sprott Shaw Community College, CDI Career College, Vancouver Career College, Focus College, Vancouver College of Massage Therapy, BCIT, Discovery Community College and Vancouver Island University.

 

Just Posted

Volunteer crew ready to build wheelchair ramps for Langley amputee

Jean Moulton will soon have an easier time getting in and out of her home.

Affordable housing on agenda for next Langley Township council

Staff will work on a plan to create a “seniors village” project.

Man convicted of manslaughter in 2016 belt-strangling death in Abbotsford

Shayne McGenn found guilty in apartment killing of David Delaney

Terry Fox ran through the rain, ‘so can we’ – Langley participants

Attendance dropped for the cancer fundraiser in North Langley, but donations didn’t.

Student-driven car show infuses Langley high school with cash

Brookswood Secondary is hosting its second annual car show this Sunday.

B.C. tent city ‘devastated’ after flash flood

Maple Ridge mayor says that residents shouldn’t have to return to their flooded tents

Court of appeal grants injunction on Taseko’s exploratory drilling in B.C. Interior

The decision provides temporary protection and relief, said Chief Joe Alphonse

VIDEO: B.C. tour offers unique underground glimpse of generating station

About 1,250 people expected at sold-out tour on Sunday

Allegations against Kavanaugh pose test for #MeToo movement

Aside from the Ford-Kavanaugh showdown, this has been a tumultuous season for the #MeToo movement

Around the BCHL: Merritt forward Mathieu Gosselin is BCHL Player of the Week

Around the BCHL is a (near) daily look at what’s going on around the league and the junior A world.

Parents of B.C. toddler who died in unlicensed daycare sue over negligence

‘Baby Mac’ was only 16 months old when he died in a Vancouver daycare

5 to start your day

A man charged in the death of Belgian tourist, a Syrian family feeling safe in B.C. and more

Syrian family can, finally, feel safe after settling in B.C.

Anglican Church of the Holy Trinity White Rock meets sponsored family for the first time

1st private moon flight passenger to invite creative guests

The Big Falcon Rocket is scheduled to make the trip in 2023, SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced at an event Monday at its headquarters near Los Angeles.

Most Read