Work-Able

Last updated: July 2, 2021

Work-Able is a 12-month paid internship with the BC Public Service for recent (within the last 3 years) post-secondary graduates who self-identify as having a disability. Each year, this unique program provides learning, coaching, and mentorship to employees who face barriers to help them achieve gainful employment.

What interns gain from Work-Able

  • Public service experience
  • Mentoring, coaching, and support
  • Opportunities for increased personal growth, skill development, knowledge, and confidence
  • Possible future employment opportunities in the provincial government
  • Reasonable accommodation(s) and disability-friendly working environments
  • Creation of a career path by discovering skills and knowledge applicable to current and future employment opportunities
  • Opportunity to test skills in an understanding and accommodating environment
  • Self-discovery of abilities that reach beyond disability or accommodation
  • Introduction to the BC Public Service with opportunities to learn about different roles

How Work-Able benefits supervisors

  • Opportunities to work with individuals with unique disability life experiences
  • Full-service hiring, such as job profile(s) and assessments, including interviews
  • Funding for equipment and coordination of available accommodation supports (such as adjustable desks, ergonomic desks, software, larger screens, interpretive services, building accessibility improvements)
  • Support to develop accommodations for interns who have invisible disabilities (such as employee development, cultural safety, and coaching)
  • Informal work site accessibility assessment
  • Individual monthly check-ins throughout the 12-month internship

Work-Able Internship Program

Recruitment process

  • Competitive and 'mimics' the regular recruitment process for the BC Public Service
  • Provides accommodation(s) throughout the process
  • Coordinates a virtual information session where accepted applicants receive detailed information about recruitment for Work-Able
  • Includes practice interviews and information sessions on assessment assignments
  • May include an interview with the ministry supervisor, Work-Able program lead, and one other that the supervisor chooses
  • Notifies the successful candidate by email offering the internship – the candidate has 24 hours to decide if they wish to accept the internship position or not
  • Notifies unsuccessful applicants via email
  • Provides feedback and coaching at the applicant’s request

Timelines

  • March 2021 to July 2021: Posting for multiple positions
  • May 2021 to August 2021: Screening and assessments, including interviews
  • August 30, 2021 to August 26, 2022: All interns hired for paid 12-month internships

Eligibility

To be eligible for this program, you must be:

  • A recent post-secondary graduate (within 3 years of Internship start date) with a 2-year diploma, or an associate degree or an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution
  • An individual who self-identifies as a person with a disability
  • A resident of British Columbia
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada

Apply for a Work-Able internship

Please apply to the next Work-Able internship in March 2021.