Volunteers in Public Service (VIPS)

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When entering the job market you need experience to get the job, but you need a job to get experience. Dealing with this cycle can be difficult. Volunteer experience is very valuable in this process and a viable addition to your résumé.

Volunteers in Public Service (VIPS) places individuals in career-related positions within provincial government departments and agencies. It is a unique volunteer program because it focuses on the career-related value of volunteering. Participating departments provide short-term projects for volunteers that match their career goals, education, and employment history. Volunteers may work a maximum of 15 hours per week for up to 12 weeks.

For more information please contact:

Volunteers in Public Service
230-800 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3G 0N4
Telephone: 204-945-3556

VIPS for newcomers to Canada and visible minorities is run through the Civil Service Commission, along with other initiatives that support employment for equity groups. If you belong to one of these two communities, please contact:

MB. Civil Service Commission
935-155 Carlton Street
Winnipeg, MB R3C 3H8
Telephone: 204-945-2332

Application/Placement Process

  • Any individual can apply especially if you are:
    • a student
    • young and inexperienced
    • unemployed
    • re-entering the workforce
    • looking for a career change
    • needing to fulfill a school requirement

  • Any government department which has a need to carry out special projects, test new ideas, supplement the work of staff or increase their outreach in the community can apply.
  • Applications are accepted on a year-round basis.
  • Steps to a successful volunteer placement are:
    1. The volunteer completes an application form and attaches his/her résumé.
    2. The VIPS Coordinator sends out regular bulletins to government departments with summaries of the qualifications of volunteer applicants.
    3. Departments submit requests for volunteers and the VIPS Coordinator forwards them the résumés of matching applicants.
    4. The volunteer is interviewed by the prospective supervisor.
    5. Volunteer placement is confirmed.

For more information call 204-945-3556 in Winnipeg or toll free 1-800-282-8069 or drop by 230-800 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Benefits to Government Departments

  • VIPS staff link you with volunteers who are enthusiastic and eager to demonstrate their abilities. The VIPS staff will send you résumés for volunteers that meet your requirements, saving you time and effort.
  • All kinds of people volunteer - university graduates, students, unemployed individuals, people re-entering the workforce, and those looking for a career change.
  • Volunteers have specialized skills and training such as legal research, engineering, accounting, marketing and computer programming.
  • Skilled volunteers require minimal supervision.
  • Volunteer placement is recognized by human resources staff as one of options that exists to support and increase employment equity.

Benefits to the Volunteer

You can...

  • gain practical work experience
  • develop or sharpen your marketable skills
  • explore possible career choices
  • make important job contacts
  • experience success and accomplishment

You will receive...

  • a chance to practice your job interview skills
  • orientation, on-the-job training, and supervision
  • an opportunity for performance feedback
  • a work-related reference

The Jobs

VIPS has placed hundreds of volunteers since 1985 in virtually every government department. The possibilities are almost endless. Some past volunteer positions have included:

  • Researcher
  • Tour Guide
  • Library Clerk
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Outreach Worker

  • Program Assistant
  • Conference Coordinator
  • Trainer
  • Office Assistant
  • Technologist

  • Accounting Clerk
  • Writer
  • Client Support
  • Media Technician
  • Assistant Editor








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