Employment Ontario Network of Halton Launches One-Stop Support for Clients

Employment Ontario Network of Halton Launches One-Stop Support for Clients

Release Date: Jan 20, 2011

On the evening of Wednesday, January 19, 2011, partners of the Employment Ontario Network of Halton gathered with community agencies at the Halton Regional Centre in Oakville to celebrate the official launch of the new employment service delivery system for Employment Ontario in Halton. All service providers in the Halton Network are providing employment services that meet the Provincial Government's mandate for an employment system that is accessible, customer focused and integrated so that the experience for individuals accessing the system is seamless.

Front row – left to right

  • Dianne Seed - Halton Industry Education Council
  • Dal Swackhammer - Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
  • Christine VandeGraaf – YMCA of Burlington/Hamilton/Brantford
  • Susan Carpenter – Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
  • Nancy Moore – The Centre for Skills Development & Training
  • Rob Cairney - Vpi Inc.

Back row – left to right

  • Sheldon Wolfson – Halton Region
  • Patricia Aube - Francophone Employment Resource Centre
  • Kathy Bagdley – Goodwill Career Centre
  • Dan Kay – Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
  • Carol Beaton – Links2Care

In 2010 The Ontario Government set out to transform the employment service delivery in Ontario to improve the quality of services being offered to individuals and employers through various service providers across Ontario. “Halton Region is excited to be a part of this network which is improving access to important services that greatly benefit both job seekers and employers and in turn help strengthen our local economy,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr.

The Employment Ontario Network of Halton’s six service providers include the YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford, Goodwill Career Centre, vpi Inc., The Centre for Skills Development & Training, Halton Region and Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.

"Congratulations to the six members of the Employment Ontario Network of Halton for helping people find the jobs and training leading to new careers," said Kevin Flynn, MPP for Oakville. "Helping people find work in today's competitive economy plays an important role in making Ontario stronger."

The network now delivers a wide range of employment and career planning services including access to job placement, and referrals to apprenticeship/government funded programs such as Second Career. Second Career, a retraining program developed by the province, provides laid off workers with the opportunity to upgrade their skills to re-enter the job market. The program provides financial support to enable qualifying individuals to return to school to train for a new career.

“This new, streamlined service delivery model makes the job search process much easier and more efficient for clients,” said Nancy Moore, Manager Employment Services and Skilled Trades, The Centre for Skills Development & Training. “Individuals can visit any of the six providers in Halton to access the full range of programs and services available through Employment Ontario,” she said.

In addition, Employment Ontario supports the Francophone Employment Resource Centre (ACFO) and Links2Care in the provision of Employment Resource Centre Services in Burlington and Acton respectively as well as the Halton Industry Education Council through Apprenticesearch.com.

The partners of the Employment Ontario Network of Halton serve approximately 4,200 clients per year throughout Halton Region. For more information about Employment Ontario visit www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/employmentontario or visit any of the partner websites at:

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Media Contact:
Nancy Moore
Manager, Employment Services and Skilled Trades
The Centre for Skills Development & Training
905-333-3499 ext.110
mooren@thecentre.on.ca
www.thecentre.on.ca