Building relationships pays off for employment services


Job opportunities developing with Alpha Technologies
Thursday January 12, 2012 — Deb Bartlett

A relationship built over the better part of a year may yield some placements for people seeking employment through Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion’s (BACI) employment service.

Manager for employment services Steve Withrington says he has been developing a relationship with Alpha Technologies for about 10 months.

Steve says it was quiet for a while, “then suddenly they’ve got back in touch.”

He says there may be some opportunities and he’ll be revisiting Alpha Technologies in the new year to look into those opportunities.

The company has two warehouses, one of which is broken into small workstations where people put together small electrical components for generators and backup systems for telecommunications companies.

“There are several different jobs that we could look at,” says Steve.

“Some of the folks we support have got real skills in small detail,” he says, and could develop skills for soldering.

The other positions would be in warehousing.

“It’s pretty exciting,” he says, noting that one workplace could potentially develop four or five jobs for people supported by BACI.

Steve says the department’s caseload varies between 25 and 65 people who are in various stages of looking for work.

There are more than 50 people who have completed discoveries and are on the caseload, he says.

Of those, about 35 are in regular contact with the office and are actively engaged in finding paid employment.

Landing four or five placements at Alpha Technologies would be a “big deal” for BACI, says Steve.

To comment on this story, or to share your employment success story, contact Deb at 800-294-0051, ext. 30, or e-mail deb(at)


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