Worker Finds Support to Grow in Her Career
The EMBERS Staffing Solutions Employee of the Month program is made possible by our friends at Home Depot. They supply winners with $100 worth of tools and equipment to help them on their journey to becoming economically self-sufficient.
With English as an additional language, Chen faced many barriers to finding work in Vancouver.
She emigrated from China to Vancouver 10 years ago. For the first seven years, Chen has been taking care of her son. Three years ago she decided to go back to work. At first, she had trouble finding a well-paying job with her developing English skills, but found work at a grocery store and later, a construction site. She juggled both her grocery store and construction jobs to support her family, but found a stronger fit with construction.
“I’m really interested in construction,” she says. “When I work in construction, I do not feel stressed. I like to walk around, use my hands, and use my feet.”
Chen enjoyed construction so much that when she was offered a management position at a grocery store with good pay and benefits, she turned it down. Instead, in February 2017, she decided to work at EMBERS instead in hopes of expanding her construction experience.
What Chen loves best about EMBERS is the support she gets from the staff and her coworkers. When she started with EMBERS, she was not confident about her English, but her coworkers helped her navigate tasks using language she could understand. As well, when she hurt her back on the job, EMBERS helped her right away and answered any questions she had about the situation.
“My EMBERS coworkers are really nice to me. When I have a question, they will offer to help me. I feel like I am not by myself and have friends around me, so I stress less.”
EMBERS is also helping Chen reach her goals and get more work in the construction industry. She is looking forward to taking the hoist training that EMBERS offers, for instance, so she can get a higher wage.
To others looking for work, she wants them to know that EMBERS cares about their career development and is reliable.
“EMBERS is a really good company. If you need a job, don’t be scared to work here. Don’t be shy because people are friendly and they really want to help you find work. They tried really hard to help me.”
April 2018 Update: Thanks to EMBERS’ training programs, Chen has now successfully earned her hoist ticket.