Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2019):
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Feb 21, 2019)
Here are some of the reasons why British Columbia Institute of Technology / BCIT was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2019):
- BCIT rewards employees for a job well done through a number of initiatives, including on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer recognition and long service awards -- individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty are also acknowledged with a formal letter from the President
- BCIT offers exceptional family-friendly benefits, ranging from maternity and parental leave top-up payments for new parents, to flexible working arrangements and subsidized onsite daycare when they are ready to return to work
- BCIT helps employees prepare for life after work with retirement planning assistance and contributions to a defined benefit pension plan -- employees nearing retirement can also take advantage of phased-in work options
Employees grow in BCIT's collegial learning community
When Kacem Habiballah got off that plane in Vancouver from Casablanca, Morocco 20 years ago, all he had was his credentials, two suitcases, plenty of hope and an ambition to share his learning experience with others. Now he's living his dream as an associate dean in the School of Energy at the B.C. Institute of Technology (BCIT).
"BCIT gives me an opportunity to make an impact in people's lives," says Habiballah. "The students may have a student number attached to them but I see a human being. That could be your son or daughter looking for guidance, and in this job, you're getting paid to do that. For me, that's number one."
One of B.C.'s largest post-secondary institutions with over 50,000 students enrolled annually, BCIT offers practical career credentials designed for the workplace, including degrees, diplomas and certificates spanning applied and natural sciences, business and media, computing and information technology, engineering, health sciences and trades. It has five main campuses with state-of-the-art facilities plus satellite locations province-wide.
BCIT prides itself on being a hands-on, job-ready institute and having instructors who are at the cutting-edge of their profession. They prepare students to go straight from the classroom to the workplace, where they're ready to contribute from day 1.
BCIT has created a collegial, collaborative workplace culture where employees are encouraged to be innovative and to inspire each other as well as the students. It's a learning community that allows dedicated employees like Habiballah to excel.
"It's about the opportunity to be part of a culture where everybody is focused on making sure our students are more than prepared for the future ahead of them," says Ana Lopez, vice-president, human resources and people development.
"So many of our employees just love what they do and it's that focus on building and being a great community and wanting to remain a part of it which distinguishes us as an institute," says Lopez.
Employees enjoy a generous benefits package that includes healthcare, pension provisions and vacation time. BCIT's main Burnaby campus has recreational facilities, on-campus childcare and multiple restaurants and coffee shops.
In addition to creating a thriving educational community internally, BCIT is equally as active in the larger community. BCIT partners in a big way with the United Way as well as supporting other community-based events like the Pride Parade.
"When I talk to my friends who work in education, I think I scored big by landing a job at BCIT," says Habiballah.