When can I apply for Funding? How long does the application process take?

If you have been recommended for funding by an Authorized BGS Official, the Application will be sent to the Learner Income Support Office (LISO) where processing can take 4-6 weeks. Individuals can apply for funding up to 5 months prior to the start date of school.

Can I apply for funding at any time in the school year?

Yes you can. Funding will start the month your application is received by the Learner Income Support Office.

What sort of fees do Learner Benefits cover?

Funding amounts you receive will depend on your living situation and family size. The fees may cover things like school fees owing for the year you are applying (Mandatory Fees, Book Costs, Grad Fees), as well as Living Costs while attending training (rent, food, bus pass, child care). If eligible, you will also receive a Health Benefits Card for yourself and dependents to cover things like prescriptions, basic dental care, glasses etc.

How will I know when my application has been approved by LISO?

You will be contacted by your BGS Service Manager. You will also receive a Funding Decision Letter from LISO. The Letter will outline the amount of funding you will be receiving and the months it will be provided.

I learn better in a self-paced environment rather than a traditional classroom setting. Can I attend an Outreach School to complete my courses?

Yes. Your Service Manager can provide you with options for eligible schools in your region

Do I get funding during the summer months? **

No, funding only covers the time you are in school (September – June)
** There are specific criteria that are required for Summer School approval. Talk to a Service Manager for details

Can I work part-time while I am in school?

Yes

I am working right now. Can I quit my job and apply for Learner Benefits?

No! Quitting your job may jeopardize your eligibility for funding. Talk with your Service Manager about your situation and they will advise you of the process for attending school full time while working.

My teacher is recommending different courses for me than we originally planned when I applied for funding. Is that okay?

Possibly. You must inform your Service Manager to discuss any possible changes to your planned courses so that they can ensure this does not impact your full time funding status.

I live with my parents, but they expect me to pay rent. Can I apply for rent costs?

Possibly, if you have been recommended for funding by an Authorized Official at BGS.

What happens if I stop attending school while receiving funding?

As a funded Learner, you are responsible for attending and progressing at school. Lack of attendance will jeopardize your ability to continue to receive funding.

What happens if I fail a course? Will my funding continue?

Possibly. You will need to discuss this with your Service Manager to see if you would be eligible to repeat the course and continue funding.

I will be turning 20 years old during the school year. Can I still receive funding?

If you apply for funding prior to turning 20, you can receive funding for the remainder of the school year.

What makes JobConnect unique from other BGS employment services?

JobConnect is designed to assist individuals 18+ who are ready, willing and able to work full-time but require: Assistance with employability and personal development skills, coaching on developing or refining their job search skills and help with making connections to employers.

Are you a placement agency?

NO. BGS works with participants and employers to support their employment and career needs. We do not charge a fee for assisting participants to obtain employment.

How is this different from me looking and applying for jobs myself?

Unemployment can be one of the most stressful events in a person’s life. Job Search can be difficult and challenging. Too often, people get discouraged and lose hope in their ability to be successful at reconnecting with employment. 

The JobConnect team will show you that you are not alone in your situation and even though you think you may have exhausted all of your employment leads, there are always other opportunities to be identified.  We will also use our employer network to identify opportunities that could match your skills and employment goals. 

The JobPLUS team will coach you through your job search challenges. They will provide encouragement when you need it and will work to keep you focused on putting in the required work for Job Search Success!

Do you assist clients with obtaining tickets/certifications?

YES. If a specific ticket/ certification is required by employer or industry expectations, JobConnect can potentially arrange for/ reimburse the training/ certification.

How long is the JobConnect program?

The goal of JobConnect is to assist you to obtain Rapid Reemployment within 12 weeks.

Do I have to attend every day? For how long?

A successful job search requires a full-time commitment.  The expectation is that you are participating in JobConnect full-time. This includes on-site (Workshops, Job Club) and off-site (Interviews, Networking events) job search activities.

I am currently working, am I still able to join the program?

To be eligible for JobConnect, you are required to be unemployed or have irregular employment (i.e. no guarantee of hours from week to week).  

Can you help someone who lives outside of Edmonton? Can you find work outside of Edmonton?

To be eligible for JobConnect, you must live within the greater Edmonton region. Many of our participants are seeking employment outside of Edmonton and JobConnect can definitely assist with locating employment opportunities beyond the Edmonton region.

Are your services complete once I gain employment?

No. We offer ongoing support and assistance for 6 months after you gain employment. This assistance can include coaching on any worksite/ personal concerns you may have and can looking for additional employment opportunities if the initial employment ends.

What makes JobPLUS unique from other BGS employment services?

JobPLUS is specifically designed to address the employment needs of participants who have an established work history, typically those who are 40+ years of age.  This includes a focus on identifying Transferable Skills and reviewing career priorities based on the stage of your career.

Can I participate in JobPLUS if I’m looking for part-time employment or considering self-employment?

To be eligible for JobPLUS, you must be seeking full-time (>30 hrs./week) employment.

How long is the JobPLUS program?

The goal of JobPLUS is to assist you to obtain employment within 16 weeks.

What types of jobs do you help people find?

There is no limit to the types of jobs that we assist our participants with finding. The only consideration is that the job must be realistic for current labour market requirements/ conditions.

Do you assist clients with obtaining tickets/certifications?

YES. If a specific ticket/ certification is required by employer or industry expectations, JobPLUS can potentially arrange for/ reimburse the training/ certification.

Do I have to attend every day? For how long?

A successful job search requires a full-time commitment.  The expectation is that you are participating in JobPLUS full-time. This includes on-site (Workshops, Job Club) and off-site (Interviews, Networking events) job search activities.

How is it you can find me a job when I cannot find one on my own?

Unemployment can be one of the most stressful events in a person’s life. Job Search can be difficult and challenging. Too often, people get discouraged and lose hope in their ability to be successful at reconnecting with employment.

The JobPLUS team will show you that you are not alone in your situation and even though you think you may have exhausted all of your employment leads, there are always other opportunities to be identified.  We will also use our employer network to identify opportunities that could match your skills and employment goals. 

The JobPLUS team will coach you through your job search challenges. They will provide encouragement when you need it and will work to keep you focused on putting in the required work for Job Search Success!

Will I be cut off my EI if I attend? Do I have to report my participation to EI?

NO you will not be affected. JobPLUS is not considered training as you are actively seeking and available for employment.

Are your services complete once I gain employment?

No. We offer ongoing support and assistance for 3 months after you gain employment. This assistance can include coaching on any worksite/ personal concerns you may have and can looking for additional employment opportunities if the initial employment ends.

What makes YouthCO unique from other BGS employment services?

YouthCO is specifically designed to develop employment opportunities for youth 18-24 years of age. YouthCO accomplishes this by working with Edmonton area employers to set up youth-focused Workplace Training opportunities that develop the skills and qualifications needed for long term employment and career opportunities.

What is the age for eligibility?

18-24 years old

Can I attend YouthCO if I am in school?

To be eligible for YouthCO, participants must be unemployed, marginally employed and not attending secondary school.

How long is the YouthCO program?

Workplace Training opportunities vary in time depending on the type of employment position.  Remember: You become an employee of the company at the start of the training opportunity so you will remain employed with the employer when the training period ends.

What types of jobs do you help people find?

The jobs are as varied as the individual target of YouthCO participants. Together, we will look for an opportunity that meets your employment/ career goals.

How long will it take to get a job?

That will vary according to the type of job you’re looking for and current labour market conditions.  With the right focus, our target is to set up an opportunity within 2-6 weeks.

How much will I be getting paid?

The wage will depend on the position and will be negotiated as part of the training plan.

Will I be cut off my EI if I attend? Do I have to report my participation to EI?

NO you will not be affected. YouthCO is not considered training as you are actively seeking and available for employment.  Once you begin your Workplace Training opportunity, you become an employee and would report that status change to EI as required.

Are your services complete once I gain employment?

No. We offer ongoing support and assistance for 3 months after completion of the Workplace Training opportunity. This assistance can include coaching on any worksite/ personal concerns you may have and can looking for additional employment opportunities if the initial employment ends.

How long is the program?

Our services are available to you until you find employment.

How much does it cost?

There is no cost to participate in our St Paul/ Vegreville Career & Employment Services

Where are your services located?

Our services are primarily delivered out of the local Alberta Supports sites:

  • St Paul: Main Floor, 5025 49 Avenue
  • Vegreville: 5121 49 Street

How do I get started?

Contact us with any questions you may have or to get started:

St. Paul: 587-252-3320

Vegreville: 587-280-3170

What kind of jobs are available?

Available jobs are dependent on local labour market opportunities and conditions. Together, we will look for available employment opportunities that meets your employment/ career goals.

Can I participate if I am working?

If you are marginally employed (less than full-time hours or inconsistent employment) or know that your employment will be ending, you can participate in our services.

How can I get help with a resume?

Your best option is to attend our Resume Workshop.  The workshop provides an introduction to resumes for participants who do not have a current resume or those who have a resume but do not fully understand the resume elements that are required for a successful job search.  Even if you have a resume but it has been some time since it has been updated, you could benefit from attending and hearing about new resume concepts and strategies for today’s labour market.

If you have a current resume and would just like us to review it with you, please contact us.

What is Drop-in Job Club?

Drop-In Job Club is available to anyone and is an opportunity for you to network with fellow job seekers and share local hidden job market information.  Job Club offers an environment of ongoing support & encouragement as you work towards reaching your employment target. BGS Career Specialists support your efforts by reviewing your progress, coaching you on effective job search techniques and working to establish leads/ contacts based on your employment targets.

How do I register for your workshops?

Feel free to register online OR call our office at 780-425-6655

Is there a description for each of your workshops?

Yes. Please see the Career & Employment Workshops section of our website.

Do you have any in-person workshops?

Yes. All of our workshops are usually delivered in-person however we have moved to online delivery during the current pandemic situation. We plan on returning to in-person workshop delivery once current health guidelines allow.

Who can attend the workshops? (I have a work/study permit; I am 17 years old, can I attend?)

Our workshops are open to anyone who would like to enhance their job search skills, understanding of the career planning process or personal development.

Are the workshops full day or drop-in any time between 9am-4pm?

To respect fellow participant’s learning experience and to receive all workshop information, you should plan to attend the workshop at its starting time. If you are not able to attend for the full workshop, you should consider attending another session that better meets your schedule.

Are there any breaks during the workshop?

Yes, there are regular breaks including a lunch break for full day workshops.

Why should I attend your workshops?

There are many reasons why people benefit from our workshops depending on their current stage of job search/ career. For those who have not had to job search for some time or have not been successful in their current job search, we offer many workshops that provide information that will help you achieve employment success.  For those currently working but want to enhance their career opportunities, we offer workshops that explore available options and opportunities. Please look through our workshops menu and see what workshops could best meet your needs.

What is Zoom? How do I use it?

Zoom is the video-conference application that BGS uses to deliver our online workshops. When you register for a workshop, you will be sent a link to join the Zoom session.

Here is a good introduction to using ZOOM: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-meeting 

I need help with computers. Do you have a class for that?

We offer several technology-based workshops including Intro to Computers and Online/ Social Media Job Search. Please see our Workshops Calendar for scheduled dates.

I have an appointment in the morning. Can I join in the afternoon?

If you are not able to attend for the full workshop, you should attend another session that better meets your schedule.

Do you have any workshops in the weekend/evening?

Yes. Our Workshops Calendar offers multiple options depending on demand. Please see our Workshops Calendar for scheduled dates.

Is the Resume workshop designed for people who do not have a resume or for those who already have a resume and just want to update it?

The Resume Workshop is primarily intended to provide an introduction to resumes for participants who do not have a current resume or those who have a resume but do not fully understand the resume elements that are required for a successful job search.  Even if you have a resume but it has been some time since it has been updated, you could benefit from attending and hearing about new resume concepts and strategies for today’s labour market.