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Applications are now open for the next cohorts of Online, Together!

Application close: December 10th, 2021

Program course dates: January 10th – March 2nd, 2022

To ensure fairness, applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Online, Together is a 6-week course designed to 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 is a highly participatory program. Those attending should be comfortable discussing, sharing and learning with peers.

In this course, participants will learn how to:

  • Apply trauma-informed practice to program planning and delivery.
  • Apply specific program design methods that increase program engagement, motivation, and retention.
  • Use specific facilitation and applied learning methods that facilitate optimal learning and engagement.
  • Use behaviour change principles to help participants build new habits and achieve their goals.
  • Boost participant motivation within programs by applying strength-based needs assessments.
  • Create accurate, clear, relevant and powerful learning objectives that shape program design.
  • Give and receive effective feedback between peers, in order to strengthen each other’s learning.

See here for the full program syllabus.

Program Structure:

  • 6-week applied course for practitioners who develop and deliver employment and training programs
  • 2.5 hours of live program delivery, plus 2 hours of independent work each week
  • Participants will complete a capstone project that applies to their current work

The course requires a time commitment for 6 weeks of 4-5 hours per week (2.5 hours during set times) from January 10th – March 2nd, 2022. The 2.5 hours of training delivery options each week will include a 1.5-hour teaching call and a 1-hour follow-up call.

These are the only times available for attending the teaching calls. Your preference will be requested at a later date after confirming enrollment


  • A 1-hour peer call will take places on Fridays, with timing to be confirmed based on group preference.
For further information on programming details, please refer to the Online, Together FAQs. Before completing the application, please ensure the following:

  • I have watched the informational webinar
  • I understand the time commitments (4-5hrs per week)
  • I understand the learning outcomes of the course and the assignments that I will have to submit

The application will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. To ensure fairness, applications are reviewed on a first come first serve basis.  Please reference the syllabus, FAQs and webinar if you have any questions.

First Work is providing this course with support of the provincial government. There is no tuition cost to participate in the course at this time for First Work members. The retail value of the course is $1,950, reduced to $950 per person for partners. Online, Together is offered by First Work, in partnership with Purpose Co, free-of-charge with funding support from the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.

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