Putting job skills to work
At The Ottawa Mission we now provide a connection to Job Training services that help men and women in need explore career options, create resumes, and develop interview skills to facilitate transition back into the work force. We also work with partners, like St. Lawrence College and Ontario Works, to offer a Job Training Program in Food Services. There are no easy solutions to poverty, but by connecting with support and job training, people in need can find a way to improve their current situation.
Cooking skills and so much more
Our Food Services Training Program is a 5-month program that teaches men and women how to cook in a commercial kitchen. It also builds self-esteem and confidence, which are fundamental to an individual’s success. The participants in this program take courses in Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), health and safety, food handling, standard first aid, and knife handling skills. They learn first-hand in a working kitchen how to prepare and present a variety of meals and spend the last few weeks of the program in job placement. In 2016, 14 men and women completed the program.
Custodial Skills Training Program
The Ottawa Mission has partnered with the Ottawa Catholic School Board to help people find training in the cleaning industry. The 8 week Custodial Skills Training Program is run by St.Nicholas Adult High School and offers classroom and on-the-job training. Those interested in learning more about applying to this program can contact The Ottawa Mission’s Employment and Education worker in our Client Services Centre.
The success of our programs is reflected in the success of those we serve. Just ask Ben.
Ben arrived at The Mission hungry and out of work. While having a meal he saw a poster about our new Custodial Skills Training Program and he decided to check it out. He was accepted into the first class and spent the next 8 weeks learning in the classroom and on-the-job. This program, developed in partnership with the Ottawa Catholic School Board and the City of Ottawa, also provides graduates with assistance in finding a job. Ben was one of the 13 out of 15 students from the first class who found work right away.