Employment Help in York and Durham Regions

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Finding a job can be a challenge for anyone. But it is even more difficult for newcomers and immigrants who don’t know their way around the community and haven’t had the time to develop a network, which is key when looking for work. Although newcomers may bring a wide variety of employment skills and experience to their search for employment in Canada; many are unfamiliar with Canadian job search practices.

All of these challenges can be addressed at seven Welcome Centres now open in York and Durham Regions.

All of the Centres offer a wide range of employment supports to assist newcomers and immigrants with their job search needs. These supports are delivered through one-to-one assistance or in a group setting in the Job Search Workshops Program – whichever works best to meet the individual needs and employment goals for the client. Staff are available to assist with developing the skills and tools needed to find work including resume and cover letter preparation, use of research tools (Internet), interview readiness and explanation of – or in some cases experience with – workplace practices, and information about Canadian employers and the labour market. Job Search Workshop Facilitators provide a safe environment in which clients are able to learn and develop the skills to successfully navigate the world of Job Search in Canada.

A Resource Area at each Centre offers staff-supported access to computers, Internet connection, faxing,photocopying and telephones. A Job Board houses both employment opportunities and labour market information for clients to review. The Resource Area offers information specific to the cultures and activities in the community. It often becomes a gathering place for clients to talk, network and share.

In York Region’s Welcome Centres, Employment Settlement Specialists are available to provide one-to-one assistance including career exploration, Return to Work Action Plans and job search coaching, as well as referrals to other services and programs if required, giving structure and momentum to the job search process.

Welcome Centre Immigrant Services provide a one-stop service under one roof designed to guide and support immigrants through the maze of information and resources. Each Centre offers core services including: Settlement Services, English Language Classes, Employment Supports, Accreditation and Qualifications Information.

Other services are also offered at each Centre, based on each community’s needs. For more information about Employment Services and the Welcome Centres, call 1-877-761-1155 or visit the website at www.welcomecentre.ca. The Welcome Centres in York and Durham Regions are funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

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