With 2019 drawing towards a close, Sault College Employment Solutions is pleased to update the community on its activities from the past year. The Sault Ste. Marie office was once again very busy, as Employment Solutions staff performed close to 1,600 consultations with local job seekers. For job seekers who became Employment Solutions clients, more than 70% went on to find new or better employment, while a further 11% proceeded to enter training or educational programs.
Employment Solutions also worked with local employers to advertise and fill positions and help create matches with job seekers. Over the course of the year, Employment Solutions worked with over 500 employers, who collectively posted more than 1,500 jobs to the organization’s job board. Employment Solutions also hosted or facilitated 23 job fairs with local businesses over the course of the year.
Another highlight from the year was the launch of the SkillsAdvance Ontario (SAO) Manufacturing Fundamentals in Steel Training program. A dozen local steel sector companies are collaborating with Sault College and Employment Solutions for the delivery of the program, which helps students build transferable skills and gain practical experience through work placements. The first cohort of students began the program in September. A second group of SAO students will be launched in the winter of 2020.
Helping younger job seekers increase their employment readiness continued to be a priority for Employment Solutions in 2019. During the year, Employment Solutions ran 12 Youth Job Connection (YJC) groups, with 182 youth participating. YJC is a program for young people ages 15-29 who are experiencing barriers to finding employment. The program provides participants with two weeks of paid pre-employment training, After the training concludes, participants receive assistance with finding paid work placements, as well as ongoing mentoring and support.
Among the YJC groups was a special program targeted to Indigenous youth that took place in August. What set this program apart was the integration of Indigenous cultural teachings and components into the curriculum. Participants listened to and spoke with elders, visited the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre and learned about traditional Indigenous cultural practices, in addition to completing the pre-employment training courses.
The Employment Solutions office will continue to be open with reduced hours during the holiday season. For updated hours, please phone 705-945-0705, or visit our website at www.employment-solutions.ca. Best wishes to all of our clients, partners, and community members for a festive holiday season and a happy New Year!