Workforce Development Program

For more than 30 years, you have supported Employment Services by employing individuals working their way out of homelessness & poverty. Sadly, Bissell Centre’s Casual Labour program is ending on June 30. While we’re sad to lose this vital program, we are happy to be offering a new robust training program for Bissell Centre participants called Workforce Development. Keep reading to learn more about this program’s schedules and the topics that will be covered.

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Workforce Development Details

The Workforce Development Program has come to fruition with the aid of a Government Grant, and the mission of our program is simple; to help eliminate employment barriers for Albertans looking to re-enter the workforce. In total, the Workforce Development Program is a 26-Week program that is comprised of three distinct schedules (Skill Development, Work Exposure and Work Maintenance).

Skill Development (14 weeks)

Participants will have the opportunity to progress through a multidisciplinary curriculum consisting of workshops, seminars, lectures, activities, one-on-one sessions and exposure courses. Through this curriculum, participants will learn and develop life skills and pre-employment skills that facilitate the removal of barriers and are essential to sustainable self-sufficiency. The curriculum consists of both permanent and modular components. The permanent components will address the skills universally required to meet the conditions for maintaining long-term employment, and the modular components allow for supports to be tailored to address the specific needs of participants. While participating in the Skill Development phase of the program, participants will receive a daily living allowance.

Work Exposure (12 weeks)

Each participant will be placed into a Work Exposure placement to experience working for an employer while being supported by Bissell Centre. The WE will serve as a platform to further develop work habits and ethics, adherence to employer expectations, supervision and safety standards. WE placements will take into consideration the participants’ personal preferences, home geographic location, role, environment, the match between participant ability and company needs, potential salary and likelihood for hiring upon completion of the WE.

Work Maintenance (8 weeks)

Participants will be provided with support for up to a maximum of 8 weeks after placement into employment. This support and ongoing assistance will be provided by periodic check-ins with the employer and the participant, individual coaching, additional training sessions if needed and one-on-one support. If any questions or concerns surface during the participants’ transition into maintaining employment, help and guidance will be available through a phone call, email or onsite visits.

Skill Development Topics and Activities

  • Interviewing skills
  • Resume writing
  • Cover letter writing
  • Job search skills
  • Responsibilities and acceptable behaviours at work
  • Self-marketing
  • Effective and appropriate communication
  • Developing self-supporting routines
  • Financial empowerment
  • Computer basics
  • Workplace rights and responsibilities
  • Positive ways to engage the community
  • Self-Care
  • Anger Management
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Stress Management
  • Mental Health.

Employment Services

Zula Romero Medina , Interim Manager
780.423.2285 ext. 374

Workforce Development

Monday — Friday
7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

"I want to thank all of the Employment Services Staff for all that you have done for me."

– R. Albenie, Participant

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