First Work has received funding for two new initiatives to help strengthen Ontario’s employment service sector, particularly as the province adjusts to a prolonged pandemic recovery. We are extremely excited to share with you the new initiatives we are offering to support the employment service sector: Building Capacity, Strengthening Recovery: First Work’s COVID Response Program with LaunchPad and Online, Together.

Building Capacity, Strengthening Recovery: First Work’s COVID Response Program with LaunchPad & Online, Together

First Work is launching a new training program in partnership with Purpose Co and with funding support from the Ontario Ministry of Training, Labour and Skills Development, called “Building Capacity, Strengthening Recovery: First Work’s COVID Response Program with Launchpad and Online, Together.” Through this capacity building initiative, First Work will provide two training programs – LaunchPad and Online, Together – to employment service providers to help strengthen the success of economic recovery for all Ontario.

  • These new training programs are available regardless of location in the province or membership status with First Work on an application-based admittance.
  • These programs, are intended to be highly applicable to the participating organization’s program delivery, by either training staff to incorporate new approaches into program design or by developing an entirely new program that meets the needs of local employers and jobs seekers.
  • Both of these highly interactive and applied programs focus on building the capacity of the employment services sector in Ontario, and are provided free of charge by courtesy of the Ontario Government. Programs will be available on an application basis in multiple cohorts.

LaunchPad: Design & Deliver Industry Specific Workforce Programs

LaunchPad is a structured, highly applied 13-week program designed to enable employment service providers to integrate a dual-customer workforce development approach to program development and delivery. Through LaunchPad, participating employment service providers will design industry-specific workforce programs that prepare vulnerable unemployed job seekers for specific in-demand skills based on needs of regional employers, while building resilience, self-efficacy and confidence to support sustainable advancement towards client goals and labour market outcomes.

The program combines a dual customer (demand driven) approach to engaging employers and designing curriculum coupled with an asset, goal focused and trauma informed delivery method that builds on adult learning best practices.

Online, Together: Design + Deliver Programs that Foster Learning, Resilience, & Goal Achievement

Online, Together will support employment service providers to deliver programs that increase engagement, motivation, and retention by designing programs that foster learning, resilience, and goal achievement, and support a trauma informed approach.

This Employment Ontario program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.