JobsFirst is a new employment program administered by Operation Come Home. The program is federally funded by ESDC and offers youth employment and social support, as well as hands on job training. For the first six weeks of the program participants will spend time at OCH in group workshops or one on one sessions with our employment support staff to build employment and job retention skills, including, but not limited to, organizational skills, stress management, receiving feedback, resume building, job searching, and interview skills. Participants will also complete a range of professional certifications including SmartServe, WHMIS, First Aid/CPR, Financial Literacy, and Conflict Resolution. The remaining 12 weeks of the program (18 weeks in total) is spent working in a job placement of the participant’s choice, based on their interests, where they will receive follow-up support from OCH’s employment and social support workers.
JobsFirst isn’t designed to merely get a job for the participants, but to give them the skills needed to retain a job and succeed in a work environment long-term. Many individuals face a variety of barriers to gaining or retaining employment such as problems budgeting, loss of housing, lack of proper ID, mental health issues, difficulties with effective confliction resolution and more. JobsFirst aims to provide participants with the requisite tools and resources to overcome those obstacles through the skills and certifications workshops, but also by supporting them in the workplace to help them address any issues related to their new employment. Moreover, OCH ensures that all participants have a social support worker whom they can meet with on an as-needed basis to tackle issues pertaining to life skills or general social supports.
If you or someone you know may be interested in participating the program or if you are interested in employing one of the youth enrolled in the program, please contact Sarah Chadsey at email@example.com or Lee Benson at firstname.lastname@example.org.