“You’ve helped me feel more confident in the job application process and overall, feeling more prepared for the future jobs.” – Foundry Works client

What is Foundry Works? 

Foundry Works is a free supported employment and education program if you are interested in working, going to school, or completing a training program. Foundry Works helps you build the skills and experiences you need to achieve your goals. 

Who can join the program?

  • Any BC youth between the ages of 15-24 who is experiencing multiple barriers to work, school, or training. 
  • Is interested in working, going to school, or starting a training program. 
  • Is legally entitled to work in BC. 

How do I get started?

You can access the program in-person through 12 local Foundry centres or online through our provincial virtual services. If you visit a centre in-person, you still have the option of accessing the program virtually. For more information, see our FAQ below.

Live in one of these communities? Access your local Foundry Works program through a local Foundry centre. To get in touch, please call or email us at the information listed below:

Abbotsford
info@foundryabbotsford.ca
236-380-3562

Campbell River
mail@jhsni.bc.ca
250-286-0611

Kelowna
foundrykelowna@cmha.bc.ca
236-420-2803

North Shore (North and West Vancouver)
foundrynorthshore@vch.ca
604-341-8439

Penticton
FoundryPenticton@OneSkyCommunity.com
778-646-2292

Prince George
vienna.skauge@nbc.ymca.ca
250-613-5678

Ridge Meadows
foundryworks@comservice.bc.ca
604-380-3133

Terrace
foundryterraceinfo@tdcss.ca
250-635-5596

Vancouver-Granville
icymhp@providencehealth.bc.ca
604-806-9415

If you live elsewhere in BC, you can access Foundry Works though our provincial virtual services team.

What Support Services are offered?

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  • 1:1 employment counselling to explore interests and existing challenges
  • Direct support with resumes, cover letters, and application processes
  • Financial resources and/or support
  • Navigating possible pathways for post-secondary education or certification programs
  • Assistance connecting with other health care professionals
  • Job, school or program support

How much do Foundry Works services cost? 

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  • Accessing Foundry Works is free of charge, along with all other Foundry services 

What can I expect when working with Foundry Works service providers?   

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It’s normal to feel overwhelmed when you’re accessing a service for the first time. At Foundry Works, we focus on meeting you where you are at by offering:

  • Individualized, person-centred care   
  • Compassionate, non-judgmental support   
  • New and creative ways to job search or explore educational opportunities
  • Support from employment specialists who have knowledge and training in co-existing mental health concerns
  • Help from an employment specialist to create an education, volunteer or employment plan based on your interests 

Can I access the Foundry Works program virtually?

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The great thing about Foundry Works is that you can access the program virtually or in-person, depending on your comfort level. If virtual is your preferred mode of access, Foundry Works has a provincial virtual services team to support you. 

Am I required to access the program in-person at a local centre?

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Foundry Works can be accessed in-person at a local Foundry centre in your community (click here to see a list of available centres), but it’s not required. If you visit a centre in-person, you still have the option of accessing the program virtually.  

What makes the Foundry Works program unique? 

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In addition to help with employment and education, you will be able to connect to other Foundry services (peer support, counselling, etc) to ensure you feel supported in all areas of your life.  

You may be able to access money to help cover some of the costs related to your goals. 

In terms of time commitment, you can continue the program for as long or as little as you like, based on your unique needs.

I am a service provider, and want to share this information with youth. Do you have info sheets I can send over? 

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Yes, promotional materials are available for service providers, which contain information about Foundry Works. Click to download: one-pager, rack card. 

For more information or support with promotional materials, please contact Chrisanne Remedios.