Unemployment strikes in a variety of ways. Whether an individual has been affected by company restructuring, needs skills upgrading, doesn't know where to look for work, or wants to pursue self-employment, Job Skills can help.
Job Skills, a non-profit, community-based employment and training agency, began offering employment training in northern York Region in 1988.
Today, the Agency provides Employment, Newcomer and Business Services and Programs in York Region, Bradford West Gwillimbury, Dufferin, Halton, Peel and Toronto. Job Skills has expanded over the years and currently maintains locations in Keswick, Newmarket, Markham, Mississauga, Brampton and North York.
The services, programs and training delivered by Job Skills are designed to meet clients' individual requirements, as well as being flexible enough to respond to the needs of the community, changing employment conditions and shifts in the labour market. Special initiatives undertaken by Job Skills to build on community capacity or support a specific target group complements the Agency’s core business.
Clients come from a variety of backgrounds: from youth at-risk of diminished life outcomes — to the 'over 45' worker who is looking for work or considering self-employment for the first time — to the newcomer to Canada who brings a strong educational background but needs current, Canadian work experience.
Job Skills has proven to be reliable and effective in providing services and programs and has earned a reputation for excellence that is client-centered yet results-oriented.
EMPLOYMENT SERVICES and PROGRAMS
Job Skills also has experienced staff available to assist employers with the challenges of hiring in today’s business world. Specific Employer Services include: workforce planning, recruitment services, facilities for job fairs, apprenticeship information, financial support opportunities and much more.
NEWCOMER SERVICES and PROGRAMS
In the Fall of 2011, Job Skills received three year funding from the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration for a bridge training program. Bridge to HR was launched to support internationally trained individuals in the Human Resources sector by providing an opportunity for participants to fast track the achievement of the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation. The program also offers work placements, mentoring and ongoing coaching supports to help individuals transition into the Canadian workplace.
Job Skills has also played a key role as one of five lead agencies involved in developing the new Welcome Centre Immigrant Services model for York Region, funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The Welcome Centre is designed to offer a broad range of services and programs for newcomers and immigrants – all under one roof. Job Skills manages the new Welcome Centre in Markham North, one of five in York Region. Job Skills also is responsible for providing Employment Support Services at all five Welcome Centres and delivers the Job Search Workshops (JSW) Program in Vaughan, Markham North and Newmarket.
In 2003, Job Skills spearheaded the launch of Practice Firms in southern Ontario providing invaluable, real hands-on experience to unemployed individuals in a simulated work environment. This workplace skills initiative was particularly valuable for newcomers seeking current Canadian work experience. Job Skills operated three Practice Firms in the Greater Toronto area until the Spring of 2012.
BUSINESS SERVICES and PROGRAMS
A Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP) supporting youth-at-risk between the ages of 15 and 30 is a 24-week program offering business development support, coaching and mentoring. The program has been operating in Keswick since 1988 and in Brampton from 2009-2013.
To address the gap in services for newcomers interested in entrepreneurship, Job Skills has received funding to deliver a mobile program in York Region that helps this client group explore the idea of starting a business in Canada.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES
Over the years, Job Skills has earned the reputation for being able to develop special initiatives to meet the needs of specific target groups. The Agency has proven expertise in developing effective and creative marketing strategies, and has taken the lead in creating region-wide marketing material for several programs and services.
Throughout its years of operation, Job Skills has established a strong community presence and continuously works to strengthen its relationships with Employment Service providers, social service agencies, the business community, educational institutions, municipalities and all levels of government. These relationships make it possible to assist clients to reach their employment goals, achieve economic self-reliance and participate in community life.
Job Skills’ Programs and Services are provided at no cost to unemployed individuals and are funded by the Government of Canada as well as the provincial and municipal governments and the United Way of York Region. Funds are also generated through special initiatives.