PAID TRAINING: Cowichan Agriculture Training Project, Duncan, BC

Posted by Kristen Nammour on March 23, 2015

Cowichan Agriculture Training Participant

Cowichan Green Community Society – Duncan, BC

Overview: The “Cowichan Agriculture Training Project” encompasses 1 year of training in agricultural skills for those who have a desire to work in this growing sector. Participants will be provided with classroom training and hands-on agricultural work placements over the course of this one year program, based in the Cowichan Region. Participants will complete detailed learning plans and participate in life and employability skill sessions in addition to field training.

The project will involve a total of 10 Project Participants who will report directly to the Project Supervisor.


In-Class Training and Personal Development

  • Meet with Global Vocational Services (Duncan, BC) to develop a back to work action plan
  • Complete a personal development plan
  • Attend all classroom training sessions
  • Complete all homework and other assignments as required
  • Participate fully in all group discussions
  • Successful complete all certification programs including first aid, WHIMS, FARSHA, Organic Master Gardener, etc. (included in program)
  • Complete personal and project evaluation plans

Work Placements

  • Complete work placement obligations successfully


  • Communicate clearly with other staff members, volunteers, instructors, partners, work placements, and community members
  • Keep the Project Supervisor fully informed on the status of the project on a weekly basis.

Personal Development

  • Complete a personal development plan including participation in all classroom sessions as outlined to support continuous learning.

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  • Good organizational skills.
  • Basic knowledge of Word and the Internet.
  • Knowledge of food security and agriculture an asset.


  • The Project Participants will work in an office environment as well as numerous agriculture locations outdoors.
  • The Project Participants will work on a full-time basis of 30 hours per week (Monday-Thursday), with occasional evenings and weekends.
  • This position is a Project Based Labour Market Training position and therefore subject to all requirements of that program.

To be considered eligible for this project, youth participants must be:

  • Out of school
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada
  • Legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations
  • In receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits or have reach back status.
  • In need of assistance in order to overcome employment barriers.

The basis for selection of the participants will involve reviewing the following:

  • Interest in community engagement
  • Interest in learning about local food systems
  • Interest in acquiring knowledge about growing food including all aspects such as soil management, creating food forests, creating and building garden beds, setting up compost and rainwater collection systems, planting, caring for and harvesting plants.
  • A commitment to the timeframe and hours required to complete this project.

The income allowance is $300 per week and the contract will run from April 20, 2015 until April 1, 2016.

For more information: Cowichan Green Community, Phone: 250.748.8506

To apply for one of these 10 positions, please contact Global Vocational Services at the Duncan location: 
Duncan Employment Services Centre
301-80 Station Street
Duncan, BC V9L 1M4
Tel 250 748 9880

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