Employment Access

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September 2015. After 19 years, the Job Search Workshop (JSW) program at CultureLink will be closing its doors at the end of September 2015. As we look back, we would like to take a moment and thank all our clients for making these past 19 years such memorable ones. We are honoured to have been a part of your job search journey and are walking away from the JSW program with many fond memories thanks to you.

Although we are deeply saddened by the closure if the JSW program at CultureLink, we are optimistic about the future and are working tirelessly to ensure that newcomers will continue to have access to employment services that will guide them through the job-search process in Canada, so stay tuned.

Farewell from the JSW Team (Asal, Glen, Laura, Lily, Olisa & Shakira)

History

In 1996, CultureLink started the Job Search Workshop (JSW) program to provide newcomers with the tools and resources needed to find employment in Canada. Newcomers receive training in resume and cover letter writing, interview skills, learn about the Canadian labour market and receive job search guidance.

Our JSW is offered every month at CultureLink, located at 2340 Dundas Street West, Suite 301.  We have also partnered up with Access Alliance to offer our JSW at AccessPoint on Danforth, located at 3079 Danforth Avenue. Over the years, CultureLink has become one of the leaders in newcomer employment assistance through the use of specialized occupational workshops and quality one-on-one career assistance.

The JSW program is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

Workshops

The JSW workshops are broken down into two modules. Before taking these modules, clients meet with one our experience Employment Counsellors for a one-on-one assessment to determine their needs and eligibility. This assessment will help the client understand what their next employment steps should be and begin developing their action plan.  After the assessment, clients will be referred to the Module 1 or the Module 2 workshop.

In Module 1, clients will complete a four-day workshop that focuses on an occupational blueprint and includes topics such as career exploration, creating a master resume, labour market research, and much more.  In Module 2, clients will complete a four-day workshop that focuses on writing targeted resumes, cover letter development and interview skills.  Occasionally, clients may need additional assistance before attending the workshops.  In this case, they are referred to other programs to better assist with their immediate needs.

After the workshop, clients will receive 3 months of individualized employment support.  Their Employment Counsellor will also follow-up with them to see how they are doing with their employment goals.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the JSW program, clients have to be at a minimum of level 4 CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) proficiency, and be a Permanent Resident, Convention Refugee, or with an intent to land. Our JSW programs are regularly scheduled at both locations. To find out when the next JSW workshop is or to receive an employment assessment, phone 416-588-6288 (ext. 213, 215 or 221).