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  • "Agora was instrumental in my success in returning to the
    workplace. I could not have done it without this amazing team.”
    Mary Jane N.

About Us

Motivated by Gratitude and Compassion

Agora

The word Agora is Greek for ‘open place of assembly’ and, early in the history of Greece, the agora was the area in the city where free-born citizens could gather to hear civic announcements, muster for military campaigns or discuss politics.

At Agora Employment Essentials, the ‘gathering place’ we aspire to is:

  • A safe place to explore, grow and be challenged, where people are given respect and dignity
  • A place to build connections to the community
  • A place of transition into a better future

Our Charter of Service

RESPONSIBLE STEWARDSHIP: accountability for the resources we’ve been entrusted with
INTEGRITY: committed to speaking truthfully
SERVANT LEADERSHIP: leading by serving and investing in others to help them reach their full potential
SOCIO-ECONOMIC JUSTICE: dedicated to education and advocacy for social and economic justice
We do this with a ‘you-first,’ or client-focused perspective—it’s the core of who we are.

History

We first started as the Employment & Community Development department of the Mennonite Central Committee BC (MCC BC) in 1990. Agora Employment Essentials was founded as a social enterprise in 2012 and became a division of MCC Community Enterprises Inc. as of 2016.

Currently

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What we do for you

We walk alongside you in the process of finding career ‘fit’, and help you develop the skills to find and keep that job. We support you in gaining personal management skills to keep you moving forward. We challenge you to reach higher and farther and to take risks.

We work with refugees, indigenous peoples, youth who have barriers, women who have survived violence…anyone who is unemployed or under-employed. Whether you’re a professional or new to the workplace, we can help you develop new skills.

We are great networkers and we’ll connect you with resources and people on the way to achieving your career goals. We have built solid community partnerships that will benefit you.

Our youth programs include exposure to different kinds of jobs and work environments–from retail to hospitality to digital to film–and come with a good chunk of real work experience.

We also help employers find the right employee, and then offer on-the-job support. And we’re part of creating value-added companies that provide employment and impact our communities.

Organizational Affiliations  >>

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Q u i c k    F a c t s

  • 60 projects completed with budgets amounting to more than $45 million

  • 33,000 people engaged through employment and/or community development projects

  • Partnerships that have included the provincial government of BC, the federal government of Canada, Vancouver Foundation, VanCity, community-based organizations and many, many local employers

Youth

Our Youth Get Jobs!

Youth Keep Working, Agora Employment Essentials

Kaleidoscope, Agora Employment Essentials, Richmond BC

Catch 22 Solutions, Agora Employment Essentials

Abbotsford

Youth Keep Working is a 12-week paid training program that prepares you for the workplace, offering essential work skills training combined with practical hands-on experience.  >>more >>

Richmond

Kaleidoscope is a 12-week paid training program providing youth with the skills they need to overcome barriers and find success in employment and education. >>more >>

Chilliwack

Catch 22 Solutions
“But I can’t get a job because I don’t have any experience!”  Our 12-week paid training program is a great solution to that problem. Youth complete Catch 22 with a resume that reflects their new skills and experience, plus the confidence and know-how to find a job.  >>more >>

 

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Women

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Take a Step

Bridging the Gap (Chilliwack) provides a safe, caring environment for women
who are survivors of abuse, offering holistic support on the way to entering or re-entering the
workforce.  Our staff will walk alongside as you develop tools to gain independence, heal
from old wounds and grow healthy self-confidence. Workshops offered include:

Setting Boundaries  |  Building Healthy Relationships  |  Problem-Solving

Effective Communication  |  Self-Esteem  |  Addiction Awareness

Understanding Anger & Conflict  |  Positive Attitudes & Behaviors

We’ll also introduce you to great resources to grow your support network:

Personal Coaching  |  Career Development Workshops  |  Support Groups

Job Search Workshops  |  Self-Serve Resource Centers

Transportation & Nutritional Supports  |  Referrals for Free 1-on-1 Counselling

Take a step… we’ll walk alongside you!

Chilliwack
Pam – Case Manager
Tel: 604-795-9675 ext. 4002
Email: chwkbridging@mccbc.com

Access these same services through our specialized staff in our partner offices:

Richmond
Manjit – Case Manager
Tel: 778-732-0285 ext. 2234
Email: manjit.basi@aviaemployment.ca

Abbotsford
Roxanne – Case Manager
Tel: 604-859-4500 ext. 318
Email: roxannep@abbotsfordworks.com

Agora Employment Essentials - Funding Support

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“We have been very pleased with the students Agora has placed with us--the program seems to encourage many of the work ethics I look for in my employees.”
--She’s My Florist Shop

Job Seekers

It's not just about finding work!

Looking for a job?

  • Does your resume make it to the top of the pile?
  • Need to focus your job search for better results?
  • Considering a new career or preparing to re-enter
    the workplace?

Our job search workshops are designed to give you the
support that leads to success.

  • Interested in training or further education?
  • Do you want to start your own business?

Our staff and partners offer these services at WorkBC
Centres across the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley!

Services for Youth

Are you between the ages of 16 and 30?
Need work experience and skills for the workplace?

Check out our youth employment programs

RichmondKaleidoscope

AbbotsfordYouth Keep Working

In Vancouver

YWCA Metro Vanouver, WorkBC Employment Centres

In Chilliwack

GT Hiring Solutions

In Richmond

Avia Employment Services

In Abbotsford

Abbotsford Works

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Employers

Access to a pool of screened, qualified, job-ready candidates.

Willing to offer work experience for youth? Our youth programs have great candidates!

  • Abbotsford  |  Youth Keep Working   |  Tel: 604-859-6790   |  Email: ykw@mccbc.com
  • Richmond  |  Kaleidoscope  |  Tel: 604-303-9025  |  Email: kaleidoscope@mccbc.com

For other skills and experience-specific jobs, check with our partners listed below.

Looking to hire?

Contacting one of our partners’ employment centers gives you fast, free access to a diverse pool of potential employees. Recruitment services are free and tailored to your specific hiring needs.

  • Access to a diverse pool of screened, qualified, job-ready candidates
  • Free job-posting service
  • Access to wage subsidy
  • Advertise at our local job fairs or we’ll tailor your own recruitment event

“Thank you.  You’ve done a great job!”
– – National Sales Manager, Western Interlok Systems Ltd.

Contact Our Partners to Access Services for Employers

Vancouver-South |  Tel: 604-263-5005  |  Email: postajob@ywcavan.org

Vancouver-West|  Tel: 604-688-4666 | Email: postajob@ywcavan.org

Richmond | Tel: 1-855-201-2842  |  Email: needtohire@aviaemployment.ca

Abbotsford  |  Nalish Ladha |  Tel: 604-859-4500 |   Email: nalishl@abbotsfordworks.com 

Chilliwack  |  Tel: 604-795-9675  |  Email: chilliwack@gthiringsolutions.ca

 

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  • We have been very pleased with the students Agora has placed with us--the
    program seems to encourage many of the work ethics I look for in my employees.
    She’s My Florist Shop

  • Youth Keep Working
    With the help of the program I was able to find a job that fit me well.
    YKW Program Participant

  • We have hosted Youth Keep Working participants in the past for
    the work experience component of the program and will do so again.
    Ecoworks Landscape Services

Careers with Agora

Client-centered, Caring Professionals

We’re glad that you’re interested in working with Agora!

Our team is made up of caring, client-centered career development professionals. We believe in contributing to our communities and connecting our clients with resources that will lead to long-term growth and stability, both personally and professionally.

Current Openings:

1) Either Abbotsford or Chilliwack – Youth Facilitator:  We are currently seeking an experienced facilitator to coach youth and deliver career development and job search workshops.

This is a 16-week position starting January 3, 2017 with the possibility of a long-term contract beyond that.

For more information and details on how to apply, click here: short-term-youth-facilitator

Closing Date for applicants: December 12, 2016 at noon.

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Call us: (604) 859-6790 – Email us: agora@mccbc.com

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