Vancouver Community College (VCC) has been recognized as one of BC's Top Employers for another consecutive year. The organizers of the 17th annual competition announced the list on Tuesday, Feb. 8, which includes employers such as BCIT, BC Hydro, and the City of Vancouver.
BC's Top Employers is a special designation that recognizes companies and organizations in the province that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work.
Competitors are compared to other organizations in their fields to determine which offer the most progressive and forward-thinking programs. The annual competition is open to any employer with its head office in B.C. This is the second time VCC has entered.
“This recognition from BC's Top Employers is something everyone at VCC should be very proud of,” says Ajay Patel, VCC president and CEO. “It is a reflection of the tremendous work our employees bring to VCC every day.”
Adds Ajay, “Given the circumstances of the past year and how hard our community has worked to ensure our students continue to achieve their learning goals, I can’t think of a more deserved acknowledgement. I am very proud of our entire staff at VCC.”
“It means a lot to us to be honoured in this way,” says Kate Dickerson, VCC’s Vice President, People Services. “I am so impressed with everyone at VCC, and for the college’s ongoing commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and reconciliation. Being named a BC Top Employer is a meaningful acknowledgement of that commitment.”
The winners are chosen based on multiple criteria, including compensation and benefits, the work and social atmosphere, the quality of the physical workplace, training and upward mobility and community involvement — all of which were pushed forward by a healthy level of competition between public- and private-sector employers.
"I think the past year has continued to present very difficult challenges for virtually all employers," said Richard Yerema, managing editor for the BC's Top Employers competition. "We are now entering year three of this 'new normal,' compounding the difficulty of challenges like navigating new safety protocols and transitioning to remote or hybrid work."