First Work is Ontario’s employment network and association group responsible for convening, researching, and advocating for employment service providers and the jobseekers they serve.
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First Work convenes the sector for knowledge sharing of best practices, offering organic professional development in regional specific groupings.
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First Work trains the employment service providers who comprise our publicly funded workforce development sector in Ontario.
First Work research supports evidence-led approaches for equitable employment to inform policy decisions.
First Work advocates for a sustainable employment services delivery network and the jobseekers served through these critical public services.
First Work gives organizations and professionals access to services designed to support all perspectives of government relations, regional needs, and local priorities. We provide tools and resources to help members save time, eliminate guesswork and ensure equitable service delivery to all jobseekers, regardless of the barriers they face or where they live in Ontario.
Workforce Development Innovations
First Work tackles complex employment-related challenges and identifies new, innovative solutions. Bringing together the various actors that shape workforce development policy; we advance, test, and leverage new approaches for better outcomes.
First work creates partnerships and strategic alliances to leverage our ability to address employment challenges and increase our collective impact. We identify and secure partners who share our commitment to young people and newcomers and their employment journey.
First Work provides learning and professional development opportunities tailored to youth engagement, workforce development and industry professionals. We host conferences and educational events to strengthen the capacity of the sector.
First Work engages with Employers to provide sustainable employment solutions by discovering career pathways, creating youth friendly workplaces, articulating skill requirements, and connecting jobseekers, especially youth and newcomers, to the local economy.