Free Webinar: Exploring Career Alternatives in the Technology Sector through ASTTBC

Date/Time: Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 12:00pm – 1:00pm PST

Presenters: Jacqueline deRaadt and John Coward

The Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC) is the regulatory professional association that certifies over 10,500 technologists, technicians and technical specialists across BC. A current LMI study undertaken by ASTTBC, various other professional association partners and the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table indicates a significant skills shortage of over 31,000 workers occurring within 31 technology occupations over the next 10 years. Current labour supply will need to be significantly supplemented by the recruitment of internationally trained technical professionals, workers requiring career transitions as well as individuals seeking alternative careers of the technology professions.

ASTTBC is committed to collaborating with employment service providers from across the province to address this skills shortage. In this webinar, learn how ASTTBC is assisting service providers connect their clients with a wide range of employment opportunities in the technology professions that ASTTBC certifies.

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Jacqueline de Raadt has over 25 years of experience in the employment industry. Her business experience ranges from being self-employed for 6 years performing environmental waste audits on institutions to working in human resources for the high tech sector. During the tech boom she was part of a management team that rapidly grew a small high tech company from 8 to over 60 multi-disciplined professionals and in 1999 resulted in the 3rd largest high tech takeover in Canada’s history. Since 1995 she has worked almost exclusively with engineers and technology professionals, most recently delivering a federally funded program integrating internationally trained engineers into the manufacturing sector and working for UBC’s Engineering Co-op program. Currently Jacqueline de Raadt is Manager of Executive Initiatives at ASTTBC and enjoys delivering spirited infectious enthusiasm. She holds a BA from UBC.

John Coward has over 25 years of experience in the Employment Services Sector in BC, developing and managing a wide range of award winning federally and provincially funded employment programs and services. Over the course of his work in the Sector he has served on the Boards of Directors of ASPECT, the BC Career Management Association and BCWorkinfonet. Since forming John Coward Consulting in 2010, he has become a senior business consultant to the Labour Market Partnership Program and worked on a number of national and provincial initiatives including: the National Youth Employment Dialogues, the Immigrant Services Network (ISN), as well as providing strategic planning, partnership and business development consultation for a number of employment service providers.