College and Career Preparation

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Pathways is a FREE Employment Preparation program offered by Georgian College at the Owen Sound Campus. The Pathways curriculum is designed to assist individuals exploring the possibility of going back to school or students who need to develop employment skills. The goal of the Pathways program is
to help students to find the confidence and skills needed to become more employable. The course is held two days per week for eight weeks making it a comfortable setting for students to ease into an academic environment. The program is divided into three areas: Professional Development, Computer Skills, and
Workplace Math. This opportunity is available to individuals that are 19 years or older and who meet eligibility requirements. The spring session of Pathways starts May 4 and ends June 24, 2015. For more information about the program contact the Academic Pathways Liaison, Julie Gruetzman at (519)376-0840 ext. 2406

Community Job Fairs

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VPI is holding a Community Job Fair in Walkerton on Wednesday March 25, 2015. A job fair is an event that people attend if they are looking for work. People looking for a job go to these events to get information about companies that are hiring and to meet potential employers in person with the hopes of making a good impression. The Walkerton job fair is being held at the Walkerton District Community School from 5pm until 7pm. There is another job fair happening in Wiarton at the Wiarton Arena on March 11 from 5pm until 8pm. VPI Complete Employment Solutions is the Bruce County Service provider for Employment Ontario programs. They are funded in part by the government of Canada. For more information about VPI check out their website at VPI Complete Employment Solutions.

Online Magazines for Newcomers to Canada

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Here is a link to Prepare for Canada, an online magazine for immigrant professionals. The magazine provides information on working and living in Canada which can help you to plan for settling here. Within this site there are a number of useful videos and links to assist you to become more knowledgeable about life in Canada. Another useful resource is Canadian Newcomer a free magazine that provides information, guidance and support to new immigrants.

Volunteering

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Volunteering is unpaid work. Volunteer positions can often be acquired through non-profit or charity organizations. As a volunteer you can bring new skills and fresh ideas to an organization. Volunteer work is an excellent way to get Canadian experience and Canadian references. Volunteering will provide you with an opportunity to practice English and obtain job leads. Volunteer Connections is a fantastic place to search for volunteer opportunities in Bruce and Grey Counties.

Explore Skilled Trades

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Skilled trades are jobs that are done with your hands such as construction, plumbing, and welding. The Owen Sound Georgian College Campus offers one and two-year full-time programs that train people to become skilled trades workers. The College is hosting a Trades Open House in Owen Sound on Saturday June 14th. College staff will be available at this event to answer questions and to provide information about local job opportunities in the skilled trades. If you would like to learn more about this event visit Georgian College Trades.

YMCA Employment Services

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Looking for work? Get help and advice at YMCA Employment Services
The YMCA Owen Sound Grey Bruce is the designated Employment Ontario (EO) service provider for Grey County. YMCA Employment Services offers information, services, programs and support to help you find a job. Their trained staff will help you find the services you need to start and be successful in your job search. They offer employment services throughout Grey County with locations in Hanover, Meaford, Thornbury, Durham, Dundalk and Flesherton. Learn more about the many employment services available at FREE EMPLOYMENT SERVICES.

Ontario government launches NEW Youth Employment Fund

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NEW Youth Employment Fund

The Ontario Government has recently launched a New Youth Employment Fund. The program will be operated by Employment Ontario offices across the province. YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce Employment will offer placements for youth who are 15 to 29 years old! Youth will be given the opportunity to participate in employment placements for at least four months. The placements will offer a chance for young workers to develop employment skills. The Youth Employment Fund will assist with the cost of items needed for work. More information about this program can be found at YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce.