Assisting Mature Persons with Employment Development

Skills Training for Employment for Older Workers (ages 55+)

Download the Application for AMPED:

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All applications can be submitted online via email to: or in person at INEO’s main location: 4908 Argyle Street.


This Workforce Development Agreement program is funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, and is intended to assist unemployed or precariously employed older workers to build skills and increase employability.

AMPED is a hybrid (group-based and semi-independent) program with two streams available.  A 10-week cohort-based program offered twice per year for six participants and Semi-independent program with an Employment Coach/Job Developer for up to 24 participants in  the first year.

Applications for AMPED may be submitted in-person to INEO Employment Services 4908 Argyle Street or via Email:  INEO will screen applicants through an interview process and select participants based on eligibility, need and fit for each stream.

Who may be eligible?

  • Individuals  who are legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Ages 55+
  • Requiring skills needed for successful integration or re-integration into employment
  • Living in or near the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District.

Source: 10 Reasons to Continue Working After Retirement

It is important to consider the advantages of working past the age of 65 from a financial and personal perspective. Some people with disabilities may not have a choice in the matter. However, an increasing number of senior citizens retain their health well into old age, and they will have options galore when it comes to working.”

Source: 4 Benefits of Working Past Retirement Age

What’s the program content like?

8 weeks In-Class (Assessments, Life & Employability Skills, Guest Speakers, Certificate Training, and Employment Coaching). Four days per week – with an average of 25 hours per week in-class (4 days) and 1 hour per week with an Employment Coach/Job Developer.

2 Weeks of the unpaid work experience:

The Employment Coach / Job Developer works with participants to connect them with employment opportunities that match their skills and abilities.  The priority is to connect with employers who are willing to hire AMPED participants and may consider a wage-subsidy.

  • Classes are flexible in curriculum to meet the needs of the participants.
  • Certificate Training (PEAK & First Aid) will be provided to the whole group during a 2-week period at the end of the in-class portion.
  • A Goal Oriented Action-plan for Labour market attachment (GOAL) is developed during class participation time
  • Guest speakers (identified by group in cooperation with facilitator)
  • Weekly individual appointments are required by all participants, with more time available as needed to complete the GOALs.

Are there any participant allowances available?

  • A training allowance may be available for eligible participants during the four-day in-class activities.
  • Allowances are paid as a training support and considered a taxable income in accordance with Revenue Canada. MERCs will not be paid on allowances and EI will not be deducted.
  • Training Allowance Payments will be administered by INEO’s Financial Admin to offset the cost of attending the program.
  • In-class activities and absences are monitored by a daily attendance record with sign-in both morning and afternoon, and a sum will be deducted for unexcused absences.
  • For IA, PWD and EI recipients: Remember that any source of income as well as any training must be reported, and deductions to your benefits may apply.

Semi-Independent Program will provide continuous intake

Is there a follow-up process?

Follow up Activities include ‘ongoing’ support for individuals who continue to seek employment and/or self-employment.  INEO will provide follow-up services to the end of contract term, June 30, 2021. INEO provides all participants with an opportunity for group and/or individual check-ins.