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Vancouver Island University (VIU)

Workplace Essential Skills Training (WEST)


WEST is a two year, full-time workplace skills and experience program for neurodiverse adults (age 17+) with special needs, developmental disabilities or learning disabilities. Students gain valuable workplace and essential skills while working in a variety of community businesses and studying at VIU. Our students find employment in various settings such as Customer Service, Retail, Hospitality, Food Service, Child Care and Senior Care. Each September, new cohorts start in Nanaimo and Duncan, and we accept applications throughout the year.

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Workplace Essential Skills Training (WEST) is located at
Duncan and Nanaimo, BC
Jo Lemay (Cowichan Campus, Instructor/Coordinator)

Tanya Assap (Nanaimo, Instructor/Department Chair)

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