Employment Marketplace Helps Those Looking for Work

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WoodGreen’s Employment Marketplace gave local residents a good reason to get out and enjoy the warmer spring weather on their way to the March 23rd free event. The Marketplace provided the opportunity for those looking for work to interact with leading industry experts to support their job search journey.

According to Statistics Canada (2006), of 28 metropolitan areas, Toronto is one of only eight cities where the unemployment rate has risen over the past seven years. With increasing evidence pointing to a growing poverty gap, it is essential for community services agencies such as Woodgreen to offer free employment services to anyone looking for work.

The Employment Marketplace is a unique event, offering valuable information from a wide range of employment sectors including financial services, renewable energy, construction trades, non-profit, and local labour market trends. An exhibit area offered the ability for the close to 500 individuals who came out that day to get up close and personal with leading professionals. Employers such as the Royal Bank of Canada and Ellis-Don spoke to everyone who had questions about how to gain work in their industry.

Charmaine Thompson of SkyPower Corporation, who spoke about opportunities in the growing renewable energy sector, observed, “Community engagement is an important part of being a strong corporate leader. At SkyPower, we see the value in taking part in
opportunities like WoodGreen’s Employment Marketplace to interact with individuals from our shared neighbourhoods. It is community networking opportunities like these that allow everyone involved to learn, grow and succeed.”

“Getting the chance to get out and actually speak to Directors, Managers and Human Resources personnel about the best way to get a job is a huge leg up to anyone looking for work,” comments
Saleem Hall, Manager of Adult Employment Services for WoodGreen. “It can be a lonely journey when you are in need of a job or a better career…and we want to help.”

Other employment supports showcased at the event included partners like the United Way of Greater Toronto, Ministry of Colleges and Universities and the City of Toronto.

Speaking in the lecture series that was attended by almost 400 people, Susan Hawkins from RBC sees it like this: “Organizations such as WoodGreen Employment Services help RBC find qualified candidates and deliver on our commitment to our clients to having a diverse workforce that reflects the makeup of our local communities. Partnering with local community employment services agencies is the right thing to do – it’s a win-win for our clients, for RBC and ultimately for Greater Toronto Region.”

The success of events like these demonstrates how local community agencies are able to respond to the needs of those living in our neighbourhoods. As one person who attended the marketplace boasted the next day, he got an interview for a crane operator position for Monday!

It’s easy to see why clients like Greg use these professional services: “The WoodGreen Employment Resource Centre has helped me look for and apply for work online, which has been a new experience for me…the staff have been patient and supportive towards my specific employment needs…the resource centre has also helped me obtain some part-time work while
I find a job in my vocation.”

Open six days a week, the centre offers ongoing workshops, seminars, and lecture series, as well as access to the latest technology. And all of it is free!

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