Conestoga news

July 26, 2010 9:20 AM

Conestoga Career Centres Now Offer Expanded Services

The Career Centres of Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning are a valuable community resource that provides information about and access to Conestoga programs, educational opportunities, and career and employment supports. They operate at four Conestoga locations – Doon (Kitchener), Waterloo, Guelph and Stratford.

Beginning in August 2010, the Career Centres will offer even more services.

The locations at Doon, Waterloo and Stratford will be offering Employment Ontario employment services to help individuals:

  • Gain the skills and knowledge they need to find and keep jobs;
  • Navigate government programs, such as Second Career, more effectively;
  • Facilitate referrals to other community resources and
  • Link more easily to local employers.
  • At the Guelph location, the Career Centre is now running a program called Targeted Initiative for Older Workers. This joint effort by the federal and provincial governments provides laid-off, older workers (age 55 and older) with a broad range of training aimed at helping them find new jobs, and match their skills and experience with the needs of employers in a changing labour market.

    The Career Centres have been an effective means for employment entry and reentry, especially among displaced workers, career changers and internationally trained immigrants.

    Conestoga would also like to remind the community of ongoing opportunities at these centres: the Doon, Waterloo and Guelph locations provide Internationally Trained Immigrant Advisors to support pathways to education and employment for the internationally trained, commensurate with their fields of expertise.

    The Guelph and Waterloo locations offer Retooling for the Trades, which aims to establish a more effective connection between literacy and essential skills training, and Ontario’s apprenticeship system. This initiative is being funded by the province’s Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities through March 2011.

    Since opening in 2008, the Career Centres at Conestoga have had a positive impact on the community, including supporting employers in their efforts to recruit, hire, retain and advance employees; helping improve student commitment to programs and courses through pre-entry career and academic advising; and enhancing Conestoga’s reputation and value as the area’s prime resource for labour market programming.

    To learn more about the opportunities at the Career Centres, please contact the manager at the appropriate location:

    These Employment Ontario programs are funded by the Government of Ontario and in part by the Government of Canada.

    CONTACT: Andrea Leis, 519-748-5220, ext. 3672