The Documentary Media Society is providing four people with behind-the-scenes work experience, thanks to more than $25,000 in Job Creation Partnership funding. The DOXA Engagement Project will provide up to 29 weeks of on-the-job training at the non-profit media society that runs the DOXA Documentary Film Festival. In addition to the support provided at the DOXA festival, workers are evaluating how the event can be run more efficiently, while expanding its audience.
Participants are working as a filmmaker and sponsors events assistant, audience development assistant, social media and outreach assistant and web engagement assistant. Job Creation Partnerships are part of the Employment Program of BC’s Community and Employer Partnerships, which fund projects that increase employability and share labour market information. To date, more than 340 job seekers have benefited from work experience and approximately 100 projects have been funded throughout the province.
“This Job Creation Partnership has provided the DOXA festival with the capacity to engage with the public in ways they would not be able to otherwise,” said DOXA executive director Kenji Maeda. “Participants are often frontline and are key to representing our organization in a very public way.”
In regards to the new partnership, Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation Don McRae said “In a province where film production is a significant industry, it’s my hope that the skills and experience gained by people working on this Job Creation Partnership will improve their future employment prospects. This is a great opportunity for the DOXA festival and the workers.”
Burnaby North MLA Richard T. Lee added that “The DOXA Documentary Film Festival is a popular Vancouver event and it’s great that these individuals are able to take part in its success while gaining credible work experience.”
- In 2014/15, the ministry has committed to investing $331 million in employment and labour market programs under the Employment Program of BC.
- The Employment Program of BC is funded by the Province of British Columbia as well as the Government of Canada through the Labour Market Development Agreement.
- The Community and Employer Partnerships program is featured in B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint that helps align training and education with in-demand jobs and provides more support to people who are struggling to gain a foothold in the job market or who face unique challenges.
- Funding supports 85 WorkBC Employment Services Centres throughout the province and the four components of the Community and Employer Partnerships fund:
- Job Creation Partnerships
- Labour Market Partnerships
- Project-Based Labour Market Training
- Research and Innovation
Who is eligible?
- Non-profit organizations
- Municipalities, agencies or territorial governments
- Bands/tribal councils
- Public health and educational institutions