Turning Challenges into Triumphs

April 14, 2024

Meet Marcus, a resilient and determined 44-year-old carpenter who sought assistance from WorkBC Langley. For over four years, Marcus had struggled to find stable, full-time employment due to circumstances beyond his control. When the COVID-19 pandemic began, Marcus lost his job due to vaccination regulations. As a result, he found himself relying on temporary jobs and the generosity of friends.

Marcus had an impressive 25-year background in carpentry, but lacked formal certifications and post-secondary education. Despite his experience and skills, he faced obstacles in securing long-term employment. Adding to his challenges, Marcus recently found himself homeless when his friend sold the property where he had been living.

Determined to improve his situation, Marcus turned to WorkBC Langley for help. The team at WorkBC recognized Marcus’ potential and immediately set to work providing the support he needed. They connected him with employers and helped him leverage a wage subsidy, which proved to be a crucial stepping stone in his journey.

Thanks to these efforts, Marcus was soon offered a position as a carpenter at a reputable construction company. Not only was he earning a substantial $35 per hour, but his employer also provided him with housing. This opportunity was a life-changing turning point for Marcus, allowing him to regain stability and work towards his goal of becoming a foreman.

Today, Marcus is thriving in his new role, showcasing his skills and dedication on the job. With the support of WorkBC Langley and his newfound employment, he is well on his way to achieving his career aspirations and building a brighter future for himself. His story is a testament to the power of resilience, determination, and the impact of the right support network.