ASTEP | Employment Program

ASTEP – Access to Employment Program

ASTEP is a WorkBC Employment Services office located on-site at Phoenix Society.  Through workshops and one to one employment counselling, ASTEP offers specialized services to people with multiple barriers to employment to assist with their eventual goal of returning to the work force in sustainable employment.

Services include assistance with:

  • Training / accessing support for education
  • Funding for short or long term training
  • Gaps in work history
  • Upgrading / high school completion
  • Mental /physical health issues
  • Self marketing / job search skills
  • Addictions
  • Child care
  • Housing
  • Legal issues
  • Transportation
  • Financial supports for starting a job – work clothing, tools, transportation
  • Debt / financial problems
  • Connecting to community resources


To be eligible for WorkBC Employment Services, a Client must:

  • be a BC resident;
  • provide proof of identity;
  • meet the criteria for Unemployed or Precariously Employed;
  • be Legally Eligible to work in BC;
  • be seeking employment; and
  • be assessed as requiring services to successfully achieve employment.

Accessing Service:

Self-referral, call or drop in to the ASTEP office to register


Telephone:         604-583-7155 ext. 3
Email:                 [email protected]
Location:            13686 – 94A Avenue, Surrey, BC  V3V 1N1

Contact & Enrolment


Tel: 604-583-7155

Email: [email protected]



13686-94A Avenue, Surrey, BC


Services vary in intensity and duration depending on each participant’s requirements, motivation, readiness and level of functioning. Both workshops and one-on-one employment coaching are offered.

People who are unemployed or underemployed (working less than 20 hours/week) and have a barrier to employment are welcome to join.

Please give us a call or drop in to our office to register.

With the ASTEP, we strive to help those in recovery find employment.

COVID19 UPDATE April 2020:

Virtual WorkBC Services are now available. Find a job without leaving the confines of your home.
WORKBC OUTREACH AT ASTEP will be operating virtually from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm,
and continuing to provide information and employment services online and by telephone.
Contact us today to set up an appointment:
(604) 583-7155, extension 3.
[email protected]

During this unsettling time, management and staff at WorkBC Outreach at ASTEP are doing our best to provide ongoing support and services to our clients and keep our stakeholders up to date.
To reduce the risk of spreading the virus, we are following the provincial and federal governments’ mandates around social distancing. We have shut our offices to walk-in traffic,
closed our resource centre, and cancelled all workshops and events.
WorkBC Employment Services will continue to provide the essential services necessary for our clients, while minimizing person-to-person contact to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Our goal is to offer meaningful connections and sustainable solutions to the problems of addiction and homelessness in the community.