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Our Workplace English classes are now in two locations! Click here to find out more. 

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The Art Workshop for Newcomers on Friday at our Burlington site was a huge success! In partnership with Art Gallery of Burlington, this free workshop taught basic techniques for painting in watercolour. Clients were encouraged to share their settlement story through art form and connect with others in their new community.

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We had a wonderful evening last night celebrating the achievements of our clients and students at our 2019 Celebrating Success event. We listened to some great stories from our ‘Stars’ who shared in their own words what their journey towards success has meant for them and celebrated the achievements of our Women in Skilled Trades: Enhanced General Carpentry graduates and scholarship recipient winners.

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Full time
Burlington (home base), with extensive travel between sites
Job Number: 325
Job Title: Workforce Development Specialist
Department: Employment Services and ESL & Immigrant Services
Locations: Burlington (home base), with extensive travel between Centre for Skills sites (including approved itinerant locations) and employer sites as required
Start Date: Immediately (October 2019)
End Date: March 31, 2020 (contract extension, based on funding)
Schedule: 35 hours/week
Hours of Work: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (with ability to work evening hours, as required)
Pay Rate: $28.71 per hour or $31.63 per hour (depending on credentials)
Reports To: Workforce Development Coordinator

Embark on a Bright Future with Centre for Skills Development
Are you entrepreneurial, client-focused and committed to team work and excellence? Do you enjoy working with clients from diverse backgrounds? If you want to work for a recognized leader in career and workforce development, then consider a career with Centre for Skills Development!
Headquartered in Burlington, Ontario, with locations in Oakville, Milton and Clarkson, Centre for Skills delivers high caliber employment services, ESL & immigrant services, skilled trades training and literacy upgrading. Providing people with opportunities to build a better future and making a positive impact on peoples’ lives is integral to the business of Centre for Skills.
For more information, visit: centreforskills.ca

Centre for Skills Development (Centre) team members are supported and expected to work as part of a collaborative team, aligned with a shared goal of providing high quality service to clients, employers, the community and funders. Each team member uses strong communication skills and shares knowledge to act as a cross-functional team of service delivery partners, responsible for achieving excellence in client service. All team members share responsibility and accountability for the quality of our face-to-face and virtual interactions, for the promotion of all Centre programming, for providing outreach to various locations and for supporting community engagement activities. Centre employees are flexible and adapt as needed to prioritize client service, while ensuring contract and policy compliance. Our vison of sustainable and meaningful employment for everyone is reflected in our day-to-day interactions and our willingness to step in to support each other as needed. With a strong team-based approach – developed and maintained through mutual respect, integrity, and empathy – we understand that every member of the team has an important role in ensuring all our goals are met.

The Workforce Development Specialist role is responsible for providing individualized services to employers and clients to achieve labour market attachment for clients who are unlikely to find work through their own self-marketing efforts. Workforce Development Specialists provide clients with direct support to negotiate with employers for new job opportunities that may exist or be developed (carved) from existing job descriptions based on the needs, skills and abilities of the client and individual employer needs. This role includes promoting other Centre for Skills services out to employer contacts who might benefit from access to various programs that are relevant to the business community.

Area of Specialty:
Newcomers to Canada This Workforce Development Specialist position will have a special focus on working with foreign-trained professionals. Expectations of this specialist role will include: 
  • Acting as the team’s “expert” in this area - staying up-to-date on current resources, local newcomer-serving agencies, trends and issues; 
  • Acting as the “go-to” for newcomers seeking assistance with accessing the labour market and links to business contacts in their field of expertise - maintaining a higher than average percentage of newcomer clients on active caseload; 
  • Working with clients from Enhanced Language Training and other Centre for Skills newcomer programs to provide insights on the labour market, and workplace preparation supports; 
  • Working with the local employer community to promote the benefits of hiring newcomers and increasing workforce diversity, with a goal of marketing Centre for Skills clients to opportunities within your employer network; 
  • Seeking out and participating in informal learning opportunities related to serving newcomers and sharing knowledge with the rest of the team; 
  • Representing the team at newcomer focused events and at newcomer partnership meetings.
These are your responsibilities:
  • Meet with referred clients and program support teams, Employment Specialists, Settlement Information Specialists, and ELT Instructor and/or other Centre for Skills team members to learn about client’s needs and career-related goals;
  • Case conference with internal employment services and settlement teams as needed to assist clients in identifying and applying for appropriate employment opportunities, ensuring client needs are being met;
  • Conduct internet-based research on career planning, job searching, and employment related topics to address client needs and personal professional knowledge;
  • Develop on-the-job training opportunities depending on employer and individual needs – including volunteer placements, job trials, and both subsidized and unsubsidized work placements;
  • Working as part of the overall team to develop placements with and without incentives across all Employment Service sites; meet or exceed monthly placement targets;
  • Market and present career opportunities to job seekers that fit with their skills, abilities and employment goals;
  • Visit workplaces prior to work placement start, to assess work environment to ensure health & safety and employment standards are maintained; as well as perform at least one (or more as needed) site monitor visit to assess progress on-the-job;
  • Monitor individual’s long-term progress through conducting follow-up activities and offering job retention coaching as needed;
  • Respond to issues that arise with clients by utilizing support services both internally and externally;
  • Maintain comprehensive and up-to-date file documentation, as outlined in MTCU and IRCC funder guidelines and as per Centre for Skills requirements;
  • Manage reporting expectations to submit accurate and timely reports to track activities, as well as ensure timeliness of case note entries;
  • Contact local employers to discuss their hiring and employee training needs and offer support through the Employment Services (ES) and Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG) programs;
  • Negotiate wage subsidies for job placements when relevant;
  • Ensure employers meet eligibility and suitability requirements for various program models, and communicate those requirements to business;
  • Assist companies to define, develop and refine their human resource requirements;
  • Assist employers with filling out appropriate ES paperwork, as outlined in MTCU guidelines;
  • Assist employers in creating on-the-job orientation and training plans to help new employee(s) adjust to the workplace and role;
  • Provide coaching to employees and employers on Employment Standards and clarification on process to manage issues that arise under ES and OHSA;
  • Maintain comprehensive and up-to-date employer records for ES and ESL & Immigrants Services in in-house databases and maintain up-to-date files, as outlined in MTCU and IRCC funder guidelines and as per Centre for Skills requirements;
  • Assist the team with grassroots marketing and outreach efforts on an ongoing basis;
  • Work in partnership with department Coordinators and teams to deliver and continuously improve Centre for Skills services, processes, and best practices;
  • Represent the team at job fairs, networking events and partnership meeting tables;
  • Assist the Coordinators and teams to plan and host special events, such as job fairs and employer panels;
  • On a scheduled basis, provide back-up coverage for the Employment Services’ Resource Specialists and ESL & Immigrants Services located in Other job-related duties as assigned by Coordinator, Senior Coordinator and members of the Centre for Skills’ leadership team.
What you need to bring to this job:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty listed above satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and abilities required. Employees who do not possess the requirements for a job at the time of hire are expected to attain the skills, knowledge and abilities required within a specified period as agreed upon, in writing, with the hiring Manager. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Post-secondary degree or diploma    - Preferred - Career Development Practitioner diploma/certificate from an approved post-secondary institution; Suitable educational equivalents may be considered for individuals with 5+ years of highly related experience in a similar role within an employment services setting; Additional, relevant job development and/or job retention training would be an asset
  • Knowledge of all Employment Ontario programs - Employment Services, Canada Ontario Job Grant (COJG), and Literacy and Basic Skills (Doorways) - and strong willingness and interest to learn more as required;
  • History of taking a professional and cooperative teamwork approach, projecting a positive attitude and exemplifying Centre for Skills’ mission, vision and values;
  • Proven ability to work in busy, outcomes-based model; accountable for independently reaching program targets;
  • Proven ability to build and maintain long-term trust relationships with employers from various sectors;
  • Strong comfort level with cold-calling, facilitating presentations, and conducting face-to-face and phone meetings with employers;
  • Broad-based knowledge of current labour market trends and community services relating to employment, training, job retention, mental health, newcomers/ESL, etc.;
  • Broad-based knowledge of workforce development options, grants and incentives available to Ontario-based employers;
  • Proven ability to operate independently while demonstrating a high level of integrity and professionalism;
  • Strong ability to maintain appropriate professional boundaries, ensure confidentiality and apply professional code of conduct consistently;
  • Experience working with adults from culturally and socio-economically diverse backgrounds;
  • Strong knowledge of job search techniques, career development, and issues relating to unemployment;
  • Proven comfort level deescalating situations where clients or employers may be acting in a negative or inappropriate manner;
  • Broad-based knowledge of Halton / Peel based community services with a strong willingness and interest in learning more on an ongoing basis;
  • Self-starter who is results-oriented and self-motivated; takes initiative to ensure a high standard of service delivery with the ability to make use of downtime efficiently and productively;
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to multi-task and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment;
  • Excellent analytical skills and problem-solving capabilities;
  • Well-developed relationship-building skills with the ability to provide excellent internal customer service with a professional demeanor;
  • Highly skilled and experienced using the MS Office suite (Excel, Word, Outlook), internet search engines, social media platforms and career-related software;
  • Solid working knowledge of databases such as FileMaker Pro, EOIS-CaMS, CTS;
  • Access to a reliable vehicle, possession of a valid driver’s license, and willingness to travel extensively throughout Halton and Peel regions as required;
  • Available to work day, evening and/or holiday shifts on a rotating schedule as required

Please e-mail or fax your resume and cover letter to:

Human Resources
Centre for Skills Development
E-mail: resumes@centreforskills.ca
Fax: 905-634-2775

To be considered, all applications must include a cover letter and refer to the job number and title in the email subject line or on the cover sheet if faxing.

Application Deadline: Friday, December 27, 2019, 4:00 p.m. EST

We thank all applicants for their interest in Centre for Skills, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. If contacted for an interview, please inform us should accommodation be required.
In the spirit of the Human Rights Code, we ask that resumes not include personal data such as age, health, marital and family status.

Post ID: 326
Hours: Full time
Status: Contract
How to apply: see instructions in posting details above.

Brand Ambassador- Grocery Demo Team


Are you seeking a flexible part time job that allows you to demonstrate your engaging personality? If so, Mosaic is currently hiring Brand Ambassadors to join our Launch! team and help us connect people through real and memorable experiences in major retail and grocery stores across Canada!

In this role you will be actively approaching consumers within a retail location and providing information on a wide range of products. From delicious new foods, to the latest in household products, you will be at the forefront of consumer experiences. Ultimately the goal of this role is to drive sales. You’ll be able to accomplish this through meaningful interactions which focus on demonstrating and sampling products in person.

Check out the this video to learn more: https://players.brightcove.net/pages/v1/index.html?accountId=866268761001&playerId=HkxO9ueuDl&videoId=5814781302001&autoplay=true


  • Training: (to be provided prior to your first day in field)
  • Saturday & Sunday’s - most shifts are scheduled from 11am to 5pm
  • Thursday & Friday availability is an asset – most shifts are scheduled from 1pm to 7pm

 You know you’re a fit for this role because you:

  • Feel confident working independently
  • Love to interact with customers (If you’re deeply shy, this may not be the job for you)
  • Think you have what it takes to have an impact on consumers purchase decisions
  • Are confident in your ability to meet sampling and sales targets
  • Enjoy preparing, cooking and serving simple food items


  • Ability to confidently intercept consumers and communicate with people while delivering key messaging
  • Food services, customer service or sales experience
  • Ability to stand for the length of your shift (approximately 6-7 hours)
  • Ability to set up and disassemble your sampling booth (all items are stored on location) – lift up to 25 lbs
  • Basic cooking skills – prepare and serve food/beverage products
  • Ability to operate kitchen appliances – microwave, toaster oven, electric skillet, coffee maker etc…
  • Access to a computer and internet in order to complete your nightly reporting
  • Have a cell phone that is capable of texting and taking photos
  • Access to a vehicle is an asset
  • Food Safety/Alcohol Service certification is an asset

Do you see yourself as a Brand Ambassador? If so, we would like to bring you onto our team as soon as possible.

Why Mosaic?

Consistently voted one of the best places to work, Mosaic North America gives you the opportunity to work with the world’s most beloved brands that you know and use every day. Every employee is given the keys to charter new ground as they collectively live in the moment of building experiences together. We are a cast of diverse, yet like-minded individuals and we believe in taking risks, creating shared experiences not just for our clients, but for each other to guarantee we’re making the next chapter of everyone’s story the most memorable one yet.

To apply, please contact your Employment Specialist

Non-registered applicants, please contact your nearest Centre For Skills office location to schedule an appointment to register with an Employment Specialist.

·         Burlington: 905-333-3499 x140
·         Oakville: 905-845-1157 x101
·         Milton: 905-693-8458 x101
·         Mississauga: 905-855-6933 x101

Post ID: JD111
Hours: Full time
Status: Permanent
How to apply: See details in posting to apply.
Campbellville, ON
Under the direct supervision of the Manager, Table Games, this position is responsible for providing dealing services to guests while contributing to a safe and welcoming work environment for all employees. Ensures adherence to all policies and procedures, licensing laws and statutory regulations.

Duties and responsibilities for our Games Dealer will include:
  - Engaging guests and providing exceptional guest service while conducting all games in a precise, efficient and 
secure manner
  - Maintaining game integrity and adhering to policies and procedures, licensing laws and statutory regulations
  - Exchanging customer cash and promotional vouchers for equivalent value chips
  - Controlling the order of play; closing bets at the appropriate time; maintaining table security
  - Performing other duties as assigned or directed

Successful candidates will demonstrate the following qualifications:
  - A secondary school diploma
  - Organizational, interpersonal, analytical and communication skills
  - Knowledge of all aspects of gaming policies and procedures and game protection would be an asset
  - Math skills (balancing, addition and calculation) and manual dexterity (shuffling, riffling). An assessment for both skills will be administered
  - The ability to obtain registration as a Category 2 Gaming Assistant with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario

Benefits of working for ELEMENTS!
· Paid training!
· High earning potential!
· Pension and RRSP benefits!
· Comprehensive benefit package!
· Room for advancement!
· Flexible schedule!
Opportunity to work 40 hours a week!

Gaming Floor shifts;
  • 1:00PM to 9:30PM
  • 9:00PM to 5:30AM
- All shifts are scheduled at 8 hours, we do have an Early-Out system if the gaming floor is not busy
- Schedules are given 3 weeks in advance
- Shift time do not rotate and schedules remain fairly consistent

Post ID: HC-373
Hours: F.T./P.T.
Status: Permanent
How to apply: hemant.chauhan@centreforskills.ca
Full time
Mississauga, ON
Academy of Learning Career College Mississauga offers many options to fit your lifestyle and help you realize your dreams for the future. Academy of Learning Career College brings to you over 25 years of training experience, with our unique and effective Integrated Learning System, we train students to be job ready and to get into a career of their choice. Academy of Learning Career College – recipient of Consumer’s choice award for 11 consecutive years – has helped thousands of people find suitable careers since its inception in 1987. Renowned for its comprehensive programs and unique method in teaching, Academy of learning offers practical curriculum and plenty of one-on-one time with instructors. The goal is to prepare job-ready graduates for a successful career in their chosen field.

The ideal candidate should have:
• Excellent skills with setting up Windows Servers, Domain Servers, Exchange servers,
• Should be able to work with students dealing with MS office, A+ and other related courses
• Good Communication skills a must
• Schedule meetings with current students, to work on their progress and attendance
• Closely monitor the students on a daily basis
• PC maintenance and technician skills.
Ability to open and repair computers windows servers e.g. memory replacement, fan replacement, disk issues etc.
• PC support for a staff 8-10 people including email issues.
• Be a self-starter in noticing issues related to the technology in the office and propose improvements and take initiatives in improving them
• The role also requires the individual to demonstrate PC assembly skills to students and help students with questions in the Network Administration classroom. Good communication skills are key and requires patience with students.
• Excellent MS office skills and A+ certification
• Experience working in an Private Career college an asset
At least 3-4 years of relevant experience for skills above is a must. Additional Teaching/Instruction experience will be a big plus.

Post ID: HC-372
Hours: Full time
Status: Permanent
How to apply: hemant.chauhan@centreforskills.ca

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