Employment Support

Professional growth through training and guidance.
Employment support at the Learning Centre will help you build the skills you need to thrive in your chosen career. We not only offer training, but also help connect employers and job seekers through referrals and mentoring.

Employment Programs

Customized offerings for job seekers and employers

If you’re looking for work, we can help you:

  • Upgrade your skills
  • Build a resume
  • Prepare to write your trade-certifying exam to receive a Certificate of Qualification for an apprenticeship
  • Explore a career with a paid placement through our Inspire youth training & employment program (youth under 30)

We also work with local employers:

  • Explore customized Workplace Literacy programming to support your organization’s success
  • Access wage subsidies and mentor young employees through our Inspire program

Job Seekers

Prepare for Employment

Prepare for the workforce with career exploration and job-specific training.

We can guide you to specific programs to help you explore career options that fit with your interests, and upgrade your skills:

  • Access training courses in retail, landscaping, marketing and social media, clerical, skilled trades, personal support worker, and more
  • Focus on the skills you need to prepare for specific entrance exams and aptitude tests, including the Canadian Forces Aptitude Test (CFAT), police entrance exam, firefighter pre-employment exam and AZ license
  • Watch for the next intake of our Inspire training & employment program for youth aged 15-30
  • Prepare to write your Certificate of Qualification to enter an apprenticeship

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Prepare for an Apprenticeship

PELC can help you explore apprenticeship options and take your first steps.

Our helpful instructors offer one-on-one support, wherever you are in your journey:

  • Identify the education level and credits you need to get into each apprenticeship program
  • Support you as you work toward the high school credits you need
  • Guide you through college program options, and prepare for success
  • Help you complete your apprenticeship application
  • If you haven’t picked a trade, we can help you explore pre-apprenticeship studies to find the right career fit

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Join Inspire

A 16-week program empowering youth aged 15-30 with customized training, workplace skills, and a paid placement to kick-start your career.

Inspire is a paid training and work placement program for youth aged 15 – 30.

We help you move toward your career goals and blast through barriers (whatever they may be). Our employment partners are local businesses with a strong commitment to mentoring and skills development. We work hard to match all participants with a job in their field of interest.

Here’s how it works:

1. Identify your strengths and abilities, and build on your skills with three weeks of paid, in-class learning and exploration. Workshops include:

  • Career planning
  • Resume writing
  • Goal-setting
  • Confidence building
  • Managing stress at work
  • Workplace communication skills
  • Know your rights at work

2. Explore your own learning goals, interests and career options. You might:

  • Strengthen your computer skills
  • Build up workplace certifications (e.g. First Aid and CPR, WHIMS, Working at Heights, Smart Serve, Food Handlers Certificate)
  • Take courses to explore your field of interest
  • Meet with experts working in your field of interest

3. Thirteen weeks of work placement:

  • Gain work experience in your chosen field, or try out something new
  • Develop new skills on the job
  • Earn while you learn and work

We work with students to overcome barriers to employment – anything from transportation challenges to dealing with social anxiety. We can offer a range of supports, such as:

  • Help with transportation
  • Job-related clothing
  • Housing assistance
  • Childcare assistance
  • Community referrals

Apply today!

Case Study: Jeremy’s Story

“As far back as I can remember, I was always in love with technology. My dad used to repair computers. I was fascinated by the graphics, the movement, how it all worked together. It’s the one field I was really excited about.

“There are not many employers in the County offering entry-level positions in IT. I was amazed how quickly the Inspire program found me a placement in this field. They work really hard to find a great fit.

“At the time I was working on my social anxiety and just getting back into the workforce. It was a big challenge in my past, but in this program, I felt really comfortable. The staff were very patient and reassuring, and they helped me find different ways to manage my anxiety in the workplace and out in society.

“After my placement, I was hired on directly. We don’t just fix computers, we help clients create websites, we work with networks, we build custom applications. It’s really broadened my experience. I can go anywhere from here.”

- Jeremy Johnson, C3 Solutions

Employers

Mentor Youth as an Inspire Employer

A program empowering youth aged 15-30 with specialized training, workplace skills, and hands-on experience. Earn a wage subsidy, be a mentor, and help support a talented pool of motivated youth seeking opportunities to grow in the workforce.

By partnering with us, you’ll have access to dedicated, well-prepared candidates eager to learn and gain experience in your workplace. We work hard to match youth with a job in a field they’re keen to explore.

We provide a wage subsidy for the full 13-week placement. You can even use this funding to create and test a new position within your organization – a great way to grow your business and get to know a candidate’s skills and strengths on the job.

This program is highly tailored to individual needs. We will work with you to identify any additional training to help a candidate succeed in your workplace. We are here at every step to provide coaching and support throughout the placement. Many Inspire placements result in a permanent hire!

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Discover Customized Workplace Training

Our workplace literacy program provides customized upskilling solutions for employers, building on the strengths of your team.

PELC’s program was developed as part of the new Skills for Success framework rolled out by the Government of Canada. It helps meet a crucial gap in delivering employment skills to people who are already working, but need to refresh their skills to meet changing labour requirements, keep up-to-date with technology, or build soft skills such as communication and workplace conflict resolution.

The first step is an occupational needs assessment: a conversation with the employer to get to know your hiring process, experience with training, and expectations for working with PELC. Next we’ll perform individual assessments with your team. Once we understand your workplace goals and employee strengths, we will present a customized plan for training to meet your needs, and how best to deliver it.

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Case Study: County Kids Read

County Kids Read is a longtime partner of PELC, and shares our mandate to empower the community through literacy – in this case, by providing children with access to new books.

The local non-profit organization is managed and operated by a volunteer board who bring deep knowledge and experience to their roles. They identified a need for strong succession planning and record management to support their growth. We started our work together as they began a project to digitize their files, using Google Workspace for both records management and communication.

We performed an occupational needs assessment to gather information on their organizational structure, current skill levels and desired learning outcomes. Every participant completed a digital skills assessment and a learning styles assessment, to give us a clear understanding of what content was needed and how best to deliver it.

Instruction was delivered over three sessions with hands-on activities, carefully organized to hit specific learning targets. Since the group’s experience with Google varied, participants often worked in pairs to support each other’s learning. Board members were energized by the training and applied their skills immediately!

Our Workplace Literacy Experience
“The workshops were extremely well organized, informative, and relevant to our organization. PELC staff were flexible and accommodating as they worked to meet our unique needs and structure.”

— Anne Preston, founder and chair, County Kids Read
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