Tuesday November 22, 2022 | SOOKE, BC
by Mary P Brooke | Island Social Trends
There was a strong and steady turnout for the School District 62 (Sooke) hiring fair in Sooke this evening.
The three-hour SD62 Career Fair was held in the foyer of the Edward Milne Community School (EMCS) high school, right after school dismissal at 3:30 pm, through the early dinner hour to 6:30 pm.
Tables were set up around the foyer. Job information was provided about and applications taken for:
- bus drivers (on-call positions available immediately, with opportunities to apply for internal temporary and permanent positions)
- custodians (on-call positions available immediately with opportunities to apply for internal temporary and permanent positions)
- education assistants (on-call, temporary and permanent positions available)
- noon-hour supervision assistants (on-call, temporary and permanent positions available)
There were two computers set up for submitting applications online, and an activity children who came along with parents.
At least seven of the 40 or so people who had attended in the first two hours actually had job interviews.
SD62 staff on hand to greet job-seekers and applicants included Human Resources Executive Director Fred Hibbs, Strategic HR Manager Nora Reid, and Transportation Manager Randy Cobb.
Growing school district:
“Human Resources is supporting the growth of our school district,” said Hibbs, who joined SD62 in August.
“We never stop hiring,” he said. That includes teachers as the student population continually grows as more people move to the burgeoning west shore communities of Langford and Colwood in particular.
Hibbs was pleased that the CUPE 459 union also had an information table at the event, given what he describes as “a strong partnership” with the employee union.
Boosting the bus driver contingent:
In the past year SD62 has been working hard to maintain enough bus drivers to cover all the school bus routes.
There are 38 regular SD62 bus drivers. But Hibbs explained that at the moment there aren’t any ‘drivers on call’. People in those positions are needed when regular drivers call in sick or otherwise can’t come to work. The goal is to have five to eight ‘casuals’ on call.
“There’s not enough coverage every day,” said Hibbs, as parents well know. When routes don’t run that information is posted by SD62 in social media.
All bus driver training is done in-house. Successful bus driver applicants can start training right away (on the road and in-class), Cobb explained.
West shore & Sooke footprint:
SD62 operates schools in Sooke, Colwood and Langford for the delivery of K-12 public education.
The next job fair will be held in January 2023 in combination with a celebration of the new Centre Mountain Lellum Middle School in Langford.
More SD62 job information:
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Mary’s four now-grown children attended schools in SD61, SD62, and SD72.
Ms Brooke was a trustee candidate in SD62 (Belmont Zone) in the October 2022 election.