Your First Month

In this section you will find more detailed information to assist you on the job and in achieving success in your career. You will also gain a better understanding of the structure and operations of government.

By now, you should have completed or planned for your Oath of Employment.

Tools & Resources

Several tools, forms and self-service options are available to meet your needs. Take some time to familiarize yourself with these tools and resources that you will use during your career in the BC Public Service.

Employee Status

Your employment status determines your pay, benefits and eligibility for applying for public service jobs. Learn what regular, in-service, out-of-service, co-ops, interns and auxiliary classifications, and included and excluded employment status means.

Unions & Professional Employees Associations 

Most employees in the BC Public Service belong to a union or professional employees association. If you are part of a union, your terms and conditions of employment are outlined in a collective agreement that has been negotiated with your union.

A Healthy & Safe Workplace

The BC Public Service is committed to providing a healthy and safe workplace for all employees. There are numerous programs and services in place to help this happen, including health and safety training for employees and supervisors, a range of free, confidential health and well-being programs.

The following programs are also available in all workplaces: 

Emergency Warden & First Aid Attendant

Each workplace has at least one of each of these people looking out for your safety and well-being:

  • Your emergency warden will provide you with an orientation to let you know about fire, earthquake, bomb threat and other emergency procedures, and how to prepare for them
  • Meet with at least one first aid attendant and find out how to ask for first aid should you need it

Check your orientation package or speak to your supervisor to find out who the emergency warden(s) and first aid attendant(s) are in your location.

Occupational Health & Safety

As an employer, the BC Public Service is committed to providing a safe, healthy and productive workplace for employees.

To meet this commitment, an occupational health and safety program is in place throughout the government.

Seek out the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee notice board to find out who is on your committee. There is also great information on safety in your workplace.

Violence Free Workplace

The BC Public Service promotes a violence-free workplace for all workers and clients because everyone wants to feel safe in the workplace. Regulations require all employers, where a risk of violence at the workplace exists, to do a risk assessment and establish a violence prevention plan to eliminate, or where elimination is not possible, to minimize the risk.

Talk to your manager about any risk that has been identified in your workplace. More information can also be found on Respect in the Workplace.

Learning & Development

Throughout your career, you will continue to learn, whether through formal instruction or from your day-to-day experiences and informal tutoring by your supervisor and co-workers.

As a public service employee, you have many opportunities to receive formal instruction through courses, workshops, seminars and programs of study related to your current and future roles as well as government priorities.

Your informal learning may occur through on-the-job training like job-shadowing, temporary assignments, networking with colleagues and by being coached or mentored.

Learning & development policy

There are two broad types of training and development programs in the public service: corporate (available and relevant to all employees) and ministry-specific (training specific to the operations of a ministry).

The Learning and Development HR Policy 02 sets out principles of job related and developmental training. This may be augmented by learning and development policies in your ministry.

Learn more about the BC Public Service approach to learning in the Corporate Learning Strategy (PDF, 1.6MB).

Find out more about the learning and development opportunities available to B.C. public servants.