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Help for newcomers to get job-ready skills

Unemployment strikes in a variety of ways. Whether one is a newcomer looking to break into the job market, an individual affected by company restructuring, or someone who 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 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.

It is dedicated to enhancing people’s capacity to participate in the labour market, thereby contributing to the economic and social viability of communities.

Over its years of providing service, Job Skills Employment and Business Programs and Supports (operating as Job Skills) has established a strong community presence and 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.

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 complement the Agency’s core business.

Clients come from a variety of backgrounds: from youth at-risk of diminished life outcomes and 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. Over the years, Job Skills’ Staff of qualified professionals has served the full diversity of clients seeking supports and assistance in finding employment or initiating small businesses.


Employment services for newcomers to Canada

Find out how to:
• Get the skills you need to find work quickly with Job Search Workshops Program.
• Job search effectively. Learn how at an Employment Ontario Employment Services site.
• Access skills and language training – an employment advisor can help you.
• Access Bridge to HR – a bridging program for internationally-educated HR professionals.
• Services are available at no cost to eligible, unemployed individuals. Call 1-866-592-6278 or email info@jobskills.org for more information. More info at www.jobskills.org.

Posted: Sep 30, 2015

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