Free Workplace Preparation

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Learn effective ways to integrate into the Canadian job market.

Integrating into the workforce is one of the most important goals for Canadian newcomers. Workplace Preparation is a FREE program offered to qualified newcomers that have considerable background and experience from their country and are looking for a job in Canada. We have a new intake every six weeks.

Apply now. Start September 15

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In the program you will:

  • expand your understanding about your profession in Canada.
  • build a professional network within your field of interest and gain access to the hidden job market.
  • develop strong job search and interview techniques, and develop effective cover letters and resumes to highlight your skills.
  • earn up to five micro-certifications supported by the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.
  • have the opportunity to participate in the Newcomer Mentorship Program.

Student eligibility:

  • Permanent residents of Canada or protected persons (with Notice of Decision) living in Ontario.
  • With international education and relevant work experience from their country.
  • With current proof of their Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) assessment at level 7 or higher
    • Don't have proof of CLB assessment? Contact YMCA Immigrant Services to book an appointment to take the assessment. YMCA's phone number is (905) 662-9400 or (905) 526-8452
    • The test has no cost for permanent residents and protected persons.

Attend an information session to learn how the program can help you advance your career:

  • Thursday, July 29, from 12-1 pm
  • Tuesday, August 17, from 3-4 pm
  • Thursday, September 2, from 12-1 pm

Student Testimonials

manoj lalit

Manoj Lalit credits the Workplace Preparation program at Mohawk College with getting two offers of jobs in his field. Manoj is an Accounts Payable (Finance & Accounting) professional from India with 15 years of experience. He began looking for work when he first arrived in Canada but became discouraged because he didn’t get any responses to his applications. He realized he needed to learn how to look for a job in Canada and that he needed expert guidance. He turned to the Workplace Preparation Program at Mohawk College and says that this program helped him to... continue reading

Program schedule

There is a new intake every six weeks. Next intakes:

  • September 15th to November 1st, 2021 (6-week intake)
  • November 3rd to December 16th, 2021 (6-week intake)
  • January 5th to February 17th, 2022 (6-week intake)
  • February 23rd to April 17th, 2022 (6-week intake)

Flexible modular format with a total of five modules:
  1. Labour Market: Expand your understanding about your profession and stay current in your field in Canada with a research project Mondays.
  2. Job Search Techniques: Identify job opportunities, find the hidden job market, and make your job application stand out Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  3. Resumes, Cover Letters, and Interview Techniques: Learn the essentials of portfolios, resumes and cover letters and boost your confidence at a job interview Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  4. Workplace Communication I:  Strengthen your workplace communication skills Wednesdays.
  5. Workplace Communication II: Enhance your teamwork and problem-solving skills Wednesdays.

Time commitment and technology requirements:

  • Interactive Zoom session(s) from 10:00 - 11:15 am on the specific day when each module is delivered.
  • Individual work per day per module: approximately 2-3 hrs.
  • Participants need to have access to a computer or laptop with camera, microphone, and sound as well as an Internet connection.

What are micro-certifications?

Micro-certifications are digital credentials that are valuable for potential employees.

They have labour market value because:

  • they are tailored to employer or industry needs

  • they are designed to target high-demand skills with the goal of leading to faster hiring

  • they help match work-ready employees with gaps in the labour market.


Contact Lillearnenglish [at] (subject: Question%20about%20Workplace%20Preparation%20Program)
By phone: 905-575-1212 Ext. 3092


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