ACES (Acquiring Community-Based Employment Skills) is a JHS province-wide program, which is delivered by regional John Howard Societies in eight communities across BC. ACES provides employability and life-skills workshops, safety certificate and skills enhancement training, and supported work experiences to individuals facing multiple barriers to employment.

Participants work with ACES staff to identify their career goals and gain access to the skills, certificate courses, and job readiness supports necessary for them to achieve those goals. ACES participants also receive ongoing support and advocacy for success in long-term employment.

Our ACES programs support youth and young adults; survivors of domestic violence and abuse; and individuals experiencing barriers to employment through certificate-based training, life-skills and employment readiness workshops including:

  • Assistance with resume and cover letter development
  • Interview skills training
  • Supported work experience
  • One-to-one support and mentorship
  • Continued training and follow up supports
For more information on ACES (Acquiring Community-Based Employment Skills), please contact us:
The goals of our ACES (Acquiring Community-Based Employment Skills) are to:
  • Support people facing multiple barriers to employment to acquire the skills and opportunity to gain employment
  • Provide support which assists people to secure and maintain sustainable employment
  • Provide employability and life-skills workshops, safety certificate and skills enhancement training, and supported work experience
Admission criteria:
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Live in British Columbia, and be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Be unemployed, underemployed, or employed in a low skilled occupation
  • Not participating in another government-funded labour market program, and not a full-time student
  • Additional eligibility requirements may apply

How you can impact change

Donate, volunteer or apply for a meaningful career today