By North Delta Reporter |
For Moe Mottaghi, he has two challenges when searching for a job: being a senior and being an immigrant.
But for the past two months, Mottaghi has been getting help from Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society’s (PICS) new Intercultural Logistics and Transportation Operations for Older Workers, a program offered in Surrey and Vancouver.
The program is meant to help workers, aged 55 and over, to find employment in the transportation and logistics industry, with available training for class 4 licences, business coaching, taxi-host training, first aid and more.
Mottaghi, who is “really happy” to be in the program, said he’s also trying to improve his communication skills since English is his second language.
“For me, personally, I have two challenges to find a job: I’m a senior (and an) immigrant. So English is my second language and I have to look for a job different than young people.”
Satbir Cheema, PICS CEO, said the program is “very important because at that age, most of us do need help.”
The PICS’s program is one of three Surrey programs that has received provincial funding for skills training to support people aged 55-plus.
The PICS is receiving $782,322 for the next two years to help 120 people.
Sources Community Resource Society will receive $825,178 over two years to help 99 people with its Empowered for Employment, an administration and accounting works program in Surrey.
S.U.C.C.E.S.S will be receiving $1,034,421 over two years to help 130 people with its Digital Skills Upgrading for Job Seekers program.
Surrey-Green Timbers MLA Rachna Singh made the announcement at PICS in Newton Friday.