Headlines & Frontlines

Headlines & Frontlines is the latest news of interest to job seekers, career changers, employment specialists and those interested in the world of work. Please note that it is largely a curated collection of information coming from secondary media sources.

Speed mentoring entrepreneurship & crowdfunding event

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Crowdfunding Meetup Group is hosting a peer mentoring event on Nov. 19 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (Nov. 18 to 24). This event will:

  • Connect entrepreneurs and mentors
  • Teach entrepreneurs a bit about crowdfunding
  • Add a speed networking component with a twist

Guest Speakers include Bob Huybrechts, founder of Innovation Initiative Co-operative Inc.; health and wellness entrepreneur Karim Premji; and Yaroslav Tretyakov, entrepreneur, IT professional and founder of Lean Startup Weekends. Refreshments will be provided. A limited number of tickets are available, costing $15 or $20 online or $30 at the door. (Service charge not included.)

Service Excellence Training

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Toronto Employment & Social Services is holding a Service Excellence workshop on Nov. 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. that will prepare participants with the skills and the tools to improve customer service. This fast-paced, fun, dynamic and interactive session will allow you to practice situations through role-playing and will prepare you for interviews by describing service excellence behaviour guidelines. Participants will receive a certificate of recognition and a job aid at the end of the training. You can register online for this session, which will be held at The Queensway Employment Centre, 779 The Queensway in the community room.

Centennial College Career & Transition Program workshops

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Calling 19- to 29-year-olds who are out of work and out of school and thinking about going to college. Check out this three-part workshop series by Centennial College’s Career and Transition Program that takes place Nov. 20, 27 and Dec. 4 from 4 to 6 p.m.

  • Nov. 20 — What is your dream?
    Share your dreams and stories of making changes in your life.
  • Nov. 27 — Where are you now?
    Guest speaker from Centennial’s HYPE (Helping Youth Pursue Education) Program will talk about how to achieve your dreams.
  • Dec. 4 — How can we help you move forward?
    Look at solutions to the barriers that many students must overcome.

These workshops will take place at Malvern Employment & Social Services, 325 Milner Ave., 9th floor, community room A. To register or to get more information, call Nicole Green at 416-397-1026.

Youth employment program starts in January

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Opportunities Unlimited (OUL), a 26-week employment program for youth with employability barriers, is now taking applications for its session that will be starting late January. OUL includes a four-week paid employability skills training and a 22-week paid work placement in which participants are paired up with a mentor and attend monthly professional development and peer support workshops. Note: Lack of high school diploma or lack of Canadian experience or being a single parent counts as an employability barrier.

To apply, call one of the following agencies to schedule an assessment interview:

  • St. Stephen’s Community House at 416-531-4631
  • Evergreen Employment Services at 416-929-9614
  • Skills for Change (Toronto East) at 416-645-2489

You can also fill out an application with your counsellor or job developer.

Poss.ca is coming to an end

Thursday, November 7, 2013

We at poss.ca are very sad to say that unless there is a dramatic change in events our employment website will be folding.

This September, Findhelp Information Services, the nonprofit agency that manages poss.ca, found out that the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) plans to cut the funding for Toronto’s online employment magazine. We are not clear when we will cease publishing, but we do know that March 31 is the last possible date.

We are looking at alternate sources of funding and have asked MTCU Minister Brad Duguid to reconsider his decision. Our letter to him, accompanied by the poss.ca 2012 Year in numbers, gives a picture of the type of service we provide to the community and the evolution of the project from a small English-only newsletter handed out in Toronto Employment & Social Services offices almost 30 years ago to a bilingual online magazine, visited each month by an average of 58,000 users from Canada and from 163 other countries.

We’ve enjoyed being a part of Toronto’s employment community and we all feel a sense of loss. But, at least for the time remaining, the team at poss.ca will continue to provide you with articles, tips and advice.

Companies creating jobs for people with autism

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Danish company Specialisterne, which brokers jobs in the technology world for people with autism, is launching the company in Canada with a national headquarters in Toronto and staff to be hired soon in Vancouver and Montreal. The first jobs in Canada — six in Vancouver and four in Montreal — will be in the areas of software testing, programming and data quality assurance, according to this article by the Toronto Star. These are part of a pilot program at SAP Canada, in partnership with Specialisterne. Parent company SAP AG, a giant software multinational, announced this past spring that it aims to have people with autism make up one per cent of its global workforce by 2020. Since then SAP has hired six people with autism in India and is working to fill five positions in Ireland. Canada is the third country where SAP will expand its commitment.

Seniors for Seniors hiring event

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

If you’re looking for a job where you do friendly visiting and meal prep for seniors, you may be in luck. Seniors for Seniors will be pre-screening people for drop-in or live-in companion caregiver positions at Humber Community Employment Services on Nov. 14 at 10:30 a.m. Seniors for Seniors is also looking to hire drivers and cleaners. Humber Employment Services is located at North York Sheridan Mall (Jane and Wilson), 1700 Wilson Ave., ground floor, N2. Call 416-631-7600 for more information and to register.

Jumpstart your career in banking: 2 workshops

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

MicroSkills is holding two workshops geared to those looking for a banking career. In the first workshop, you can learn about the hiring process for the National bank of Canada. This workshop is being held Nov. 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at MicroSkills, 21 Panorama Ct. And, on Nov. 21 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Lisa Piché, CIBC recruitment consultant will discuss the hiring process for CIBC. The workshop will take place at MicroSkills’ 1 Vulcan St. location. Please bring your resumé and cover letter to both events. Call 416-247-7181 ext. 2236 for more information.

WordPress workshop in Brampton

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Intermediate computer skills are required for this workshop, held over two Saturdays, in which you learn to how to create a website using WordPress. This $65 workshop covers how to use plugin functionality and how to integrate WordPress with social media. It takes place Nov. 9 and 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at MicroSkills, 499 Main St. S., unit 61 in Brampton. For more information and to register, please contact Collette Lewis at 905-453-5996 ext. 2806.

211Toronto.ca website transformed

Friday, November 1, 2013

Findhelp Information Services has made its website www.211Toronto.ca more user-friendly. One feature of this revamped site, which contains over 20,000 community, health, social and related government programs and services, is the addition of graphic icons to allow for speedy topic searching. In addition, the site is now fully bilingual.


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