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Employment Programs

Youth Employment Programs

Career Focus (Gateway)


The Career Focus program is a federally funded program (through Service Canada) targeting youth aged 18 – 29 who hold a University Degree or College Diploma.
About the program: Through this program, job seekers are paired with a Program Coordinator and Job Developer in order to connect with them with full-time employment experience relevant to their field of study. Once placed into employment, participants of the program continue to receive follow-up support for 6 months following the initial job placement to ensure stability, job maintenance, and overall job satisfaction. Through Service Canada’s funding, each participant accepted into the program is eligible for a wage-incentive to help their transition into employment, which is used to help employers on-board and train these higher educated and skilled individuals. Participant Eligibility: Must be a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or Refugee (Legally entitled to work in Canada) Have not collected EI in the past 3 years Have completed a University Degree or College Diploma Be between the ages of 18 and 29 years For further information:
Cate Burrows, Program Coordinator 416-466-7489
cate@wsncc.org




Gateway Training Assistance (Gateway)


The Gateway Training Assistance program is a federally funded program (through Service Canada) targeting youth aged 18-29, who have minimal education and are looking for skills enhancement training in order to further their career opportunities. About the program: Through this program, participants are able to attend an external training institution (Private Career College) for up to 12 weeks. Individuals accepted into the program are eligible to enroll in different Skills Enhancement Courses, where Service Canada funds up to $5,000 in tuition payments. Skills enhancement courses include: Culinary Arts, Construction, Welding, Computer Upgrading, Building Maintenance, Food Processing, Computerized Accounting, Technical Support, among others. Upon completion of the 12 week training course, all participants are paired with a Program Coordinator and Job Developer in order to connect them to employment in the area related to their skills training. Once placed into employment, participants of the program continue to receive follow-up support for 12 weeks following the initial job placement to ensure stability, job maintenance, and overall job satisfaction. Through Service Canada’s funding, each participant accepted into the program is eligible for a wage-incentive to help their transition into employment, which is used to help employers on-board and train these newly skilled individuals. ​Participant Eligibility: Must be a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or Refugee (Legally entitled to work in Canada) Have not collected EI in the past 3 years Be between the ages of 18 and 29 years For further information:
Mariam Issa, Program Coordinator 416-466-7489
mariam@wsncc.org




Opportunities Fund Program (Gateway)


The Opportunities Fund Program (OF) is a federally funded program through Service Canada for individuals who self-identify with barriers including mental health (anxiety, depression, PTSD, etc.), learning disabilities, physical disabilities, developmental disabilities, and more. All participants of the program must be over 18 years of age, and both ready and able to work either in a part or full-time capacity. About the program: Through this program, some individuals are able to attend an external training institution (Private Career College) for up to 12 weeks. For all other participants in the program, job supports are provided in order to go directly into employment experience. Individuals accepted into the training program are eligible to enroll in different Skills Enhancement Courses, where Service Canada funds up to $5,000 in tuition payments. Skills enhancement courses include: Culinary Arts, Construction, Welding, Computer Upgrading, Building Maintenance, Food Processing, Computerized Accounting, Technical Support, among others. All participants in the program are paired with a Program Coordinator and Job Developer in order to connect them to employment in the area related to their skills training, or current employment goals. Once placed into employment, participants of the program continue to receive follow-up support for 12 weeks following the initial job placement to ensure stability, job maintenance, and overall job satisfaction. Through Service Canada’s funding, each participant accepted into the program is eligible for a wage-incentive to help their transition into employment, which is used to help employers on-board and train these newly skilled individuals. Participant Eligibility include: Must be a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or Refugee (Legally entitled to work in Canada) Have not collected EI in the past 3-5 years Be above 18 years of age For further information:
Angel Disasi, Program Coordinator 416-466-7489
angel@wsncc.org




Ready to Work (Gateway)


The Ready to Work program is a federally funded program (through Service Canada) targeting youth aged 18-29, looking to gain practical full-time employment experience in their area of interest. This program is specifically for youth who are out of school, and do not plan on returning to school within 12 months. About the Program: Youth who are job ready are referred to the Program Coordinator for intake and assessment.

Phase 1: (3 Weeks) Once a client becomes enrolled, a group based employability skills and development training will take place. All participants are connected with a Job Developer to receive job search assistance and support that is intended to help them secure full time employment. Phase 2: (14 Weeks) Participants will be placed with qualified employers for job training and development and work experience. Through Service Canada’s funding, each participant accepted into the program is eligible for a wage-incentive to help their transition into employment, which is used to help employers on-board and train these individuals. ​Participant Eligibility include: Must be a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or Refugee (Legally entitled to work in Canada) Have not collected EI in the past 3 years Be a youth between the ages of 18 – 29 who are out of school and are not planning to return to school within 12 months For further information:
Vlad Trklja, Program Coordinator 416-466-7489
vlad@wsncc.org




Targeting Women In Skills Training (TWIST)


The Targeting Women In Skills Training (TWIST) program assists young women ages 17 – 30 to find employment through group-based employability skills training, personal development, and work experience. Location: 180 McLevin Avenue,Toronto, Ontario, M1B 3H4 ​Phone: (416) 298-4566




Toronto Youth Job Corps (TYJC)


The Toronto Youth Job Corps program provides services to youth ages 16 - 29 who would not readily gain access to the job market or skills training. Life skills, counselling, employability workshops, "hands on" experience and placement with employers greatly increases the chance for success. During this 21 - 29 week program youth gain support from the staff and their peers. About the Program

Job Corps operates in two phases; the Life Skills / pre-employment phase and the work placement component:


Life Skills/Pre-Employment (runs for 5 weeks) Gaining valuable on-the-job experience painting a not-for-profit site. Participants are paid for these five weeks. Attending a series of workshops on career planning, resume writing, financial management, job maintenance and many other topics to prepare participants for the world of work.
Work Placement Participants who complete the five week pre-employment phase are eligible for a wage subsidy with a participating employer in a field of interest. The subsidy can run for up to twenty-four weeks.
In this program, Toronto Youth Job Corps: Serves youth, aged 16-29. Pays youth a stipend five weeks. Subsidizes employers for up to 24 weeks. Prepares young people for a successful future. Is funded by Service Canada and the City of Toronto.
Job Corps can provide eligible employer with: An eager staff member who has already completed five weeks of pre-employment skills building, including a simulated work experience. The possibility of a wage subsidy of up to 60% of minimum wage. Minimal "Red Tape"; We can assist employers with filling out forms. We attempt to make the transition for the employers and employee as seamless as possible. An opportunity to make a positive impact on the life of a young person and a major contribution to the betterment of the community. We are located at:
EAST - West Scarborough Neighbourhood Community Centre
1919 Lawrence Avenue East, Suite 303
Scarborough, ON M1R 276
Tel: (416) 615-1049
Fax: (416) 615-2148
For further information:
TYJC Placement Supervisor
Tel: (416) 615-1049
Fax: (416) 615-2148





Ontario Works

Age Advantage 45+ Program (Gateway)


The Age Advantage 45+ Program is an eight (8) week in-class training program funded through the City of Toronto, designed for mature clients who are looking to enter or re-enter the workforce. Participants will work individually and within group assignments with a Program Coordinator to determine their career goals. About the program: Clients will participate in week by week programming that includes a variety of workshops that focus on: Positive life choices Current educational and/or training courses available Career paths and self-exploration Upon completion of the Age Advantage program the participant will be enrolled in a suitable training course, education program or have secured employment. Participant Eligibility include: Currently in receipt of Ontario Works Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident or Refugee (Legally entitled to work in Canada) Experienced 3+ years of unemployment Be a mature adult over the age of 45 For further information:
Ahmed Alkhobani, Program Coordinator 416-466-7489
ahmed@wsncc.org




Life Mapping (Gateway)


Life Mapping is a eight (8) week in-class training program, funded through the City of Toronto. This program is focused on helping individuals of all ages to gain a greater understanding of the career options and training opportunities available. In this career-exploration program, clients will participate in a week to week program that includes several training workshops in a classroom setting. About the program: Clients will participate in week by week programming that includes a variety of workshops that focus on: Positive life choices Current educational and/or training courses available Career paths and self-exploration Upon completion of the Life Mapping program the participant will be enrolled in a suitable training course, education program or have secured employment. Participant Eligibility include: Currently in receipt of Ontario Works Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident or Refugee (Legally entitled to work in Canada) Be above the age of 18 For further information:
Ahmed Alkhobani, Program Coordinator 416-466-7489
ahmed@wsncc.org




Gateway’s Security Guard Training Program (Gateway)


Gateway’s Security Guard Training Program is funded through the City of Toronto, for individuals who are in receipt of Ontario Works. All participants must be over 18 years of age, who are interested in obtaining a Security Guard License through the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, and working in the field as a Security Guard. About the program: The program consists of six (6) weeks of training to meet the requirements to take and pass the Ministry exam and become a Licensed Security Guard. You will also acquire First Aid / CPR C, Smart Serve, WHMIS and Occupational Health and Safety certificates. The program involves various delivery methods such as lessons, training, workshops, job shadowing and networking events. Participants will learn to create a verbal business card, a resume, a cover letter, a portfolio and a LinkedIn profile. Also, participants will gain or enhance their interviewing skills. After the six weeks, participants will meet with the Job Developer once per week until they are employed. Participant Eligibility include: Currently in receipt of Ontario Works Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident or Refugee (Legally entitled to work in Canada) Have 2 valid pieces of Government ID (Health Cards and SIN cards do not qualify) Have no criminal record Willing to work evenings, overnights, weekends, and holidays Strong English, both written and spoken Be above the age of 18 For further information:
Krista Ray, Program Coordinator 416-466-7489
krista@wsncc.org





Disabled Persons

Opportunities Fund Program (Gateway)


The Opportunities Fund Program (OF) is a federally funded program through Service Canada for individuals who self-identify with barriers including mental health (anxiety, depression, PTSD, etc.), learning disabilities, physical disabilities, developmental disabilities, and more. All participants of the program must be over 18 years of age, and both ready and able to work either in a part or full-time capacity. About the program: ​Through this program, some individuals are able to attend an external training institution (Private Career College) for up to 12 weeks. For all other participants in the program, job supports are provided in order to go directly into employment experience. Individuals accepted into the training program are eligible to enroll in different Skills Enhancement Courses, where Service Canada funds up to $5,000 in tuition payments. Skills enhancement courses include: Culinary Arts, Construction, Welding, Computer Upgrading, Building Maintenance, Food Processing, Computerized Accounting, Technical Support, among others. All participants in the program are paired with a Program Coordinator and Job Developer in order to connect them to employment in the area related to their skills training, or current employment goals. Once placed into employment, participants of the program continue to receive follow-up support for 12 weeks following the initial job placement to ensure stability, job maintenance, and overall job satisfaction. Through Service Canada’s funding, each participant accepted into the program is eligible for a wage-incentive to help their transition into employment, which is used to help employers on-board and train these newly skilled individuals. ​Participant Eligibility include: Must be a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or Refugee (Legally entitled to work in Canada) Have not collected EI in the past 3-5 years Be above 18 years of age For further information:
Angel Disasi, Program Coordinator 416-466-7489
angel@wsncc.org





Security Guard Training

Online Security Guard & Private Investigator Training


Gateway has provided exceptionally well trained security guards for the security industry since January 2010. Our trained security guards are in high demand in the industry. Online Security Guard Training Cost is $225.00 (cash or email transfer), includes one day hands on training of First Aid / CPR C, once that payment has been received we will register you for training. You will then be emailed a link with a username and password to access the training. You must complete a minimum of 40 (Ministry mandated) hours of training, includes the 6 hours of First Aid / CPR. Cost does not include the exam and licensing fees. Online Private Investigator Training Cost is the $169.00 (cash or email transfer) once that payment has been received we will register you for training. You will then be emailed with a link with a username and password in it to access the training. You must complete a minimum of 50 (Ministry mandated) hours of training. Cost does not include the exam and licensing fees. Gateway also offers the following courses: Use of Force $100.00 WHMIS and Occupational Health and Safety $20.00 Smart Serve $50.00 These courses are not mandatory but can be helpful in gaining employment in the Security field. Security Guard Training for Youth The program consists of three (3) weeks of training to meet the requirements to take and pass the Ministry exam and become a Licensed Security Guard. You will also acquire First Aid / CPR C, Smart Serve, WHMIS and Occupational Health and Safety certificates. You will be placed with a Security company full time upon completion. Eligibility: 19-30 years old - out of school and out of work Eligible to work in Canada, clean criminal record Have 2 pieces of government ID (Health Cards and SIN cards do not qualify) Willing to work evenings, overnights, weekends and holidays Security Guard Training – Ontario Works Participants The program consists of six (6) weeks of training to meet the requirements to take and pass the Ministry exam and become a Licensed Security Guard. You will also acquire First Aid / CPR C, Smart Serve, WHMIS and Occupational Health and Safety certificates. The program involves various delivery methods such as lessons, training, workshops, job shadowing and networking events. Participants will learn to create a verbal business card, a resume, a cover letter, a portfolio and a LinkedIn profile. Also, participants will gain or enhance their interviewing skills. After the six weeks, participants will meet with the Job Developer once per week until they are employed. Eligibility 18 years of age or older In receipt of Ontario Works Have 2 pieces of government ID (Health Cards and SIN cards do not qualify) Willing to work evenings, overnights, weekends and holidays Strong English both written and spoken For Further Information (416) 466 7489





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