Posted on September 16, 2021

Building service worker plus training at VCC

Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to offer a specialized, no-cost Building Service Worker program to support recent immigrants experiencing difficulties securing employment.

Building Service Worker+ (BSW) is a 12-week, full-time Skills Training for Employment (STE) program that provides the classroom training, hands-on work experience, and certifications needed to secure employment in the building service field. Program graduates will have the qualifications required to secure employment as janitors, caretakers, custodians, building service workers, housekeepers, maintenance workers, or general helpers. 

Each cohort has 16 seats available. Upon completion, participants will receive a VCC credential and three industry certifications: WHMIS, Pool Operator Level 1, and SuperHost.

Funding for this program is provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund.

Training schedule

Cohort 2: Sept. 27 - Dec. 17, 2021
Cohort 3: Dec. 6, 2021 - March 11, 2022

(Schedule includes three weeks of work experience) 

Elegibility criteria

You may be eligible if you are:

  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person (under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, S.C. 2001, C. 27) legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Living in British Columbia
  • Unemployed or precariously employed (working in unstable employment or self-employment with irregular work).

Admission requirements

In addition to the above eligibility requirements, applicants must have:

  • English language proficiency of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level 6 or above
  • The ability to commit to a full-time program for 12 weeks
  • No allergies to cleaning agents/chemicals
  • A clean criminal record 

Fees and other costs

All tuition is covered and at no additional cost to the employer or individual participant.

Application process

All eligible participants must attend an information session to apply for the program.

To register for the upcoming information session, please email Alena Worster at 


Alena Worster, Program Assistant
604.871.7000 ext.8751