Job Skills, a non-profit charitable community-based employment, and training organization have successfully delivered employment solutions for 30+ years across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and neighbouring regions. Today, the agency provides employment, employer, business, and newcomer services and programs in York and Peel Regions and Simcoe County.
Since 1988, the agency’s mission, vision, and values support a strong, outcome-focused and client-centric employment services system, grounded in responding to community needs and customer service excellence. Innovative programs and services, framed by technology, provide effective pathways to sustainable employment for individuals while also supporting the business community.
Job Skills’ programs, services, outreach, and referrals assist more than 20,000 individuals annually to maximize their potential through new employment opportunities, new careers, and new businesses that help build strong work foundations. Clients include those with specialized needs such as newcomers, youth with complex needs, persons with disabilities requiring additional supports, Indigenous people, those in receipt of Ontario Works, and francophones. With a wide mix of programming approaches that include e-learning, in-person workshops, coaching (virtual and in-person), and motivational interviewing, Job Skills is consistently able to maintain and exceed contractual outcomes by focusing on operational excellence.
Job Skills also offers customized employer services to help employers meet their specific labour market needs including recruitment services, placement and retention, and financial supports for hiring. These services—including workforce planning support—help to ensure the long-term successful growth of the business community, while supporting job seekers to find meaningful employment.
Job Skills receives funding from all levels of government, as well as the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority and the United Way Greater Toronto. Funds are also generated through special initiatives, fee-for-service activities, and donations. A volunteer board of directors provides oversight and monitors the agency’s strategic plan