Pre-Employment Skills


Job Search and Resume
In Class/Online
Prerequisite
: Minimum Grade 6 Reading Level/CLB 5
Schedule: A.M./P.M. Depending on Capacity
Intake: Continuous
Timeline: 2 or 4 Weeks (In Class)

Course Content:
Pathways has created Essential Skills Pre-Employment iWorkbooks that are accessible through iBooks on iPad. Designed to support different learning styles, students are given a full-screen, interactive, digital experience with quizzes, photos, videos, and text-to-speech capability. The iWorkbooks are filled with engaging reading materials, exercises, videos, and quizzes. The quizzes are submitted automatically to teachers for evaluation, feedback, and grading.

The purpose of the Job Search modules is to fuel the development of job search skills and life skills. The modules align with the Ministry of Education’s “Education and Career/Life Planning Program” policies and requirements (“Creating Pathways to Success” Policy and Program Requirements 2013 (K12). Education and Career/Life planning is a process that assists in the development and application of knowledge and skills needed to make informed education and career/life choices.

While incorporating the development of Essential Skills, these modules also support key program requirements set out in the Education and Career/Life planning policy. The modules focus on four identified areas of learning: knowing yourself; exploring opportunities; making decisions and setting goals; achieving goals and making transitions. 

Onsite Services Include:
  • resume creation
  • practice interviews
  • computers with Internet access
  • job bank access
  • free photocopying and faxing
  • free memory stick for saving resume and other job search documents
  • current labour market information
  • assistance with resume updates, cover letters, and reference sheets
  • encouragement and suggestions

Topics Covered:
  • Projecting a Positive Attitude
  • Unreasonable Expectations
  • Support Teams and Staying Motivated
  • Dress for Success
  • Disclosing Disabilities
  • Shaking Hands
  • Creating Abilities
  • Body Language
  • Visible versus Invisible Disabilities
  • Work Habits for Success
  • Dealing with your Disability
  • Health & Safety at Work
  • Flexibility
  • Human Rights
  • Assessing your Skills
  • The Benefits of Volunteering


Please Note: The recommended hours of instruction can be time-lined at the discretion of the funding agency; options include 15, 20, or 30 hours per week. Clients benefit from the tailored programs and low student-teacher ratio that Pathways offers. Our standard student-teacher ratio is 3:1. Unless otherwise stated, quotes are based on an average rate of progression and include the cost of tuition, books, materials, fees, taxes, etc.




 

Work Placements
Prerequisite: Grade 6 English
Schedule: A.M./P.M. Depending on Capacity
Intake: Continuous
Homework: Not Applicable
Timeline: Optional 4 to 16 weeks

Course Content:

The focus of a work placement is to provide students with hands-on experience with an organization that performs job functions relevant to the student’s employment goals. Students apply their academic or vocational experience in an authentic setting where they are expected to adhere to the company’s policies, procedures and hours of operation. Although work placements are unpaid, many students go on to secure a full time position with their work placement employers. Others obtain valuable letters of recommendation and are able to add their new experiences to their resumes.

Benefits of a Work Placement Program:

For the Individual:
  • Build skills through on-the-job training
  • Access the hidden job market
  • Improve self confidence
  • Develop a network
  • Current references
  • Current work experience
For Employers:
  • Access to Qualified Job Candidates
  • Zero Cost for Probationary Training Period
  • Opportunity for Community Building
  • On-going support and follow ups
If required, individual job coaching is available at an additional cost.

Please Note
: The recommended hours of instruction can be time-lined at the discretion of the funding agency; options include 15, 20, or 30 hours per week. Clients benefit from the tailored programs and low student-teacher ratio that Pathways offers. Our standard student-teacher ratio is 3:1. Unless otherwise stated, quotes are based on an average rate of progression and include the cost of tuition, books, materials, fees, taxes, etc.

12 Week Special Employment Readiness
12 Weeks
Prerequisite: CLB 2-3 Speaking/Listening

The goal of this program is to provide the learner with real world job search, interviewing, and workplace experience within a specified NOC.

Stage One: 2 Weeks of Interview Practice & Resume Development

Stage Two: 10 Weeks of active/real world job search, including collaborative online searches with an instructor, leading to real world interviews and a work placement.

Interview Skills and Resume
For Low Literacy & ESL
2 Weeks

Prerequisite: None

This program helps low literacy and ESL learners develop the vocabulary and skills they need to be successful in a job interview. Learners will assess their employment skills as part of the resume development process as well as learn how to complete an employment application and ask for references.

Dress for Success
1 Week
Prerequisite: None

This one week program teaches learners to assemble interview and work attire appropriate to the specified NOC. Topics include hair, make-up, nails, and suitable accessories.