Free Webinar: Occupational Pathways in the Applied Science and Technology Sector for People with Disabilities

Date/Time: Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 12:00pm – 1:00pm PST

Presenters: Jacqueline de Raadt and John Coward, Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC)

The applied science and engineering sector is facing a significant skills shortage of over 31,000 workers over the next ten years and is looking for new talent pools to address this labour market supply gap. A new project being conducted by ASTTBC is designed to consult with employers on strategies to support occupational pathways for persons with disabilities interested in careers in this high-demand, high-growth sector.

In this webinar, learn how ASTTBC has engaged employers and other stakeholders in this consultation as well as some of the various strategies proposed to support the successful integration of persons with diverse abilities into this important sector of the BC Economy.

ASTTBC is the regulatory professional association that certifies technologists, technicians and technical specialists across BC. This Labour Market Partnership project is funded by the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation’s Community and Employer Partnership Fund.

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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. John is ASTTBC’s Labour Market Services Consultant leading the engagement initiative with employers in the applied science and engineering sector.