Upcoming Webinars

Past Webinars

First Work’s Communities of Practice

Date: January 27th, 2021

Time: 1:00pm

First Work will soon be launching several Communities of Practice (CoPs) to solve Ontario’s stickiest employment issues by leveraging the power of collaboration. These CoPs will address common pain points in Ontario’s employment service delivery, and the gaps between those distanced from the labour market and employers.

Join us on January 27th at 1:00pm to learn about Communities of Practice, how CoPs operate to push forward positive change, and why the idea of CoPs may sound familiar to First Work members. 

First Work x RBC Career Launch Program Information Session

Date: January 13th, 2021

Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Description: First Work is partnering with RBC again this year for an exclusive partnership to engage youth who are not in employment, education, or training (NEET). This one-year paid internship serves to bridge the gap between school and work who are 24 years old or younger, by providing work-integrated learning experience, mentorship and opportunities to future skills.

Are you a young person looking for your next opportunity? Join us to find out if RBC’s Career Launch Program is the right fit for you!

LaunchPad: Design & Deliver Industry Specific Workforce Programs

Date: November 25th, 2020

Time: 11:00 AM

Join us for an information session on Online, Together – part of the Building Capacity, Strengthening Recovery program.

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 session will provide a program overview and the opportunity to ask any questions you might have about the program details or application process.


LaunchPad: Design & Deliver Industry Specific Workforce Programs

Date: November 18th, 2020

Time: 1:00 PM

Join us for an information session on LaunchPad – part of the Building Capacity, Strengthening Recovery program.

Launch Pad is a structured, highly applied 16-week program designed to enable employment service providers to integrate a dual-customer workforce development approach to program development and delivery.

This session will provide a program overview and the opportunity to ask any questions you might have about the program details or application process


Launchpad Train-the-Trainer

Date: Thursday, June 25, 2020

Time: 1:00 PM

First Work is excited to offer a FREE Train-the-Trainer program in collaboration with the Launchpad Program to 5-10 First Work member organizations. If you are interested in learning more about this pilot program and how your organization may benefit from this free training, please join us on June 25th.


Going Digital: Exploring Digital Career Development Tools to improving Job Seeker Outcomes

Date: June 24, 2020

Time: 1:00 PM EST

Presented by: OTEC and MaRS

First Work, in collaboration with OTEC and MaRS, is holding a webinar to share research outcomes focusing on youth employment pathway and the challenges faced by youth in their job search. The webinar will focus on digital tools that facilitate youth in career navigation and demonstrate the benefits of implementing stacked deployment of digital tools for organizations and clients.

CAMH: Building individualized pathway to self-care and resiliency during COVID19 Pandemic

Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Time: 1:00 PM

Presented by: CAMH

First Work in collaboration with CAMH, will host Dr. Katy Kamkar, a Clinical Psychologist at CAMH’s Work Stress & Health program and Karleigh Darnay, CAMH Youth Engagement Coordinator to engage FW Members on pathways to selfcare and building resiliency to tackle issues like burn-out, compassion fatigue and provide some effective coping mechanisms to better engage both our front-line staff and the clients they serve.

Note: This is a Members only Webinar


New Date offered! Monday, March 30, 2020

TIME: 1:00 pm

First Work in collaboration with Danielle Olsen, Workforce Strategy Consultant and Meg Saxby, MSW, Counsellor and Adult Education /Organizational Development Expert is holding a webinar to share best practices in engaging clients remotely and using web enabled cohort based learning and coaching models to support clients to maintain and build their personal resilience, confidence and move towards their goals.

For those of you who will be participating, we would appreciate if you could please complete the following survey:




Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

TIME: 1:00 pm

In this webinar, Danielle Olsen, Workforce Strategy Consultant will provide an introductory overview of dual customer focused workforce development models and how to analyze, assess, plan and begin to customize employment and training services to meet the needs of regional employers, workers and job seekers, including those with greater needs. 



This is a highly experiential course designed for practitioners in the Employment Services sector. The goal is to support practitioners in developing and delivering effective online programs. 

As participants in the course, you will receive two learning sessions per week, resources, exercises and tools, training, co-hort based coaching and community of practice support. In order to enhance learning and exchange, participants will be grouped with a co-hort of practitioners working with similar themes.

In the course participants will learn and apply skills to:

1.    Adapt a program for online delivery based on their program learning objectives.

2.    Learn to use online teaching tools including: facilitated group learning and discussion, practical exercises, focused reflection, peer support.

3.    Design homework and experiential exercises that can facilitated virtually.

4.    Integrate practices that support learners’ ability to focus on goals and build personal resilience.


As part of the course, participants will receive:

·      A workbook with weekly lessons and exercises.

·     A weekly 1 hour teaching and Q+A call that reviews and unpacks the lesson and exercise.

·      A second weekly small group (20 people maximum) working through exercises.

·      A closed Facebook group to share updates, ideas, wins and ideas.

BONUS Session: How to serve clients virtually without access to internet. 

Weekly time commitment: 8hrs of time per week (including assignments). Sessions are Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 – 11:00 A.M. EST

Dates: Starts Thursday, April 2, 2020

Pricing: Regular $950 | First Work Members Pilot Special Rate: $350 Each ($250 each for groups of 3 or more from 1 agency).



CERB & CESB – Service Canada and the Canada Revenue Agency

Date: Monday, May 25th, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM

Presenters: Ken Fortin and Sonny Cesar from Service Canada and Canada Revenue Agency Representatives.

First Work in collaboration with Service Canada will be providing a webinar on CERB and CESB for our First Work Members. This webinar presented by Service Canada will cover the Canadian emergency benefit packages specifically: Canada Emergency Response Benefit and Canada Emergency Student Benefit geared to providing support for frontline staff navigating clients through the application process and address the most pertinent questions from the sector with respect to these packages.




WEBINAR: LaunchPad: Design & Deliver Industry Specific Workforce Programs

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

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