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Employment services for newcomers

Located on the lower level of Sheridan Centre Mall on Erin Mills Parkway, in Mississauga, Ontario, the Clarkson Employment Centre has served more than 800 people since it opened for business in January 2011.

“As part of Ontario’s Employment Ontario network, The Centre for Skills Development and Training is providing the people of the neighbourhood with all the employment services they need in one location,” said Glen Murray, Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Staff at the Clarkson Employment Centre work with clients to help them define their employment goals and create a career plan, and to develop their resumé, interview and job-searching skills. Job-seekers also have access to information and resources, including computers with internet access, photocopiers and telephones; self-directed Microsoft Office testing and learning software; and workshops, tips sheets and special events. Job-seekers who are newcomers can access other Centre programs that can help them with settlement, and employers can be connected with qualified candidates in their community.

Eva had been a stay-at-home mom for eight years when she came to The Centre for help re-entering the workforce. Her employment advisor worked with her to fine-tune her resumé and handle interview questions about the gap in her employment history. She recently started a new job in her field. “I am positive it made a difference in how I presented myself during the interview,” says Eva.

“We, at The Centre, are proud to be serving the Clarkson community, and are touched by how we have been welcomed and embraced by our clients and other community partners,” said Kathy Mills, CAO of The Centre.

The Clarkson Employment Centre is an Employment Ontario program funded in part by the Federal Government.

The Centre for Skills Development and Training is a not-for-profit incorporated affiliate of the Halton District School Board with seven locations in Halton and Mississauga. The Centre helps people at all stages of life get on a path to career success—from youth just starting out, to older workers who have been laid off; from newcomers to Canada who need to improve their workplace English, to people interested in the trades who need to build their technical skills; and from small business owners looking to hire staff, to large companies who need help developing their workforce.

• Learn more at www.thecentre.on.ca.

• To learn more about services offered by the Clarkson Employment Centre, call 905-855-6933, visit www.thecentre.on.ca/i-want-to-find-a-job, or drop in.

Posted: Jan 3, 2012

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