What you put into the work experience is truly what you get out of it. We have a 92% employment and back to school success rate with 85% of our participants ending up employed where they want to be.
We usually get our referrals from the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resources and Development (CAHRD), Eagle's Nest, Alicia Rae Career Centre, and Employment Solutions for Immigrant Youth. We sometimes take community referrals and it is best to get in touch with us just before recruitment times. There are only 8 spots currently per cycle. We conduct 2 intakes a year.
We sit down with each participant and find out what they are passionate about, what interests them, what their skills are, and try to find as close of a match as possible to these. Participants create a list of workplaces they are interested in and staff may add to the list as well in consultation with you. Staff will contact cooperating workplaces to set up the placement and set up an interview to see if it is a good fit for both the participant and employer.
Participants start the program with a 12 day pre-employment and orientation seminar series. As soon as cooperating workplace is secured, the participant will join their cooperating workplaces on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays for an 8 hour shift, and Fridays for a 4 hour shift for 18 weeks. Every Thursday all day and Friday afternoon, participants come to The Momentum Centre for professional development training.
It is typically 4.5 months long or 21 weeks.
Yes, participants are paid minimum wage while in work experience and for the training for a total of 30-37.5 hours a week.
We offer 288 hours of highly participatory hands on training in 5 main areas: Communication Skills and Conflict Transformation; Leadership, Facilitation and Networking Skills; Cross Cultural and Diversity Skills; Personal Management (professionalism, stress management, and stress reduction), and Job Search Skills. Our training is highly participant driven, and in general, is very engaging, fun, and interesting.
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