Free Workplace Preparation

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New to Canada?

Workplace Preparation (also known as Enhanced Language Training) is a FREE program offered to qualified newcomers that have considerable background and experience from their country but have not yet worked in their field in Canada. Apply now to start on January 6!

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Turn your international education and experience into a job opportunity. Develop the tools, strategies and confidence necessary to help you find a job in your field in Canada.

 

Program highlights

  • 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.
  • develop effective cover letters and resumes to highlight your skills.
  • earn five micro-certifications supported by the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.
  • Newcomer Mentorship Program. (Visit the page of the program)

Who is eligible?

  • 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
    • To obtain proof of your CLB, please contact YMCA Immigrant Services at (905) 662-9400 or (905) 526-8452 or visit YMCA's page

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... Visit the page with the full testimonial


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Program schedule

The program has a flexible modular format with two 6-week intakes per semester.

Intake 1 - From January 6 to February 22:

  • Labour Market module (Mondays, 10 am - 11:15 am) Expand your understanding about your profession and stay current in your field in Canada with a research project.
    • Learn industry specific information, market trends and current issues within your profession
    • Compare average salaries across cities and provinces
    • Research new opportunities for employment through the exploration of alternative career options
    • Learn about informational interviews

 

  • Job Search Techniques module (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 am to 11:15 am) Identify job opportunities, find the hidden job market, and make your job application stand out.
    • Learn how to tailor an existing resume and cover letter and match your transferable skills to a specific job description
    • Learn the importance of networking in Canada and build your networking skills
    • Use LinkedIn to network strategically with other professionals in Canada
    • Create a networking business card
    • Conduct informational interviews with people from your field
    • Learn about/create a professional portfolio
    • Elevator conversations for networking purposes

 

  • Workplace Communication 2 module (Wednesdays, 10 am to 11:15 am) Enhance your teamwork and problem-solving skills.
    • Giving and receiving feedback
    • Learn creative/critical thinking techniques
    • Learn ethics in the workplace
    • Working in teams (workplace dilemmas)
    • Targeted pronunciation work

Intake 2 - From February 23 to April 7:

  • Labour Market module (Mondays, 10 am - 11:15 am) Expand your understanding about your profession and stay current in your field in Canada with a research project.
    • Learn industry specific information, market trends and current issues within your profession
    • Compare average salaries across cities and provinces
    • Research new opportunities for employment through the exploration of alternative career options
    • Learn about informational interviews

 

  • Resumes, Cover Letters, and Interview Techniques module (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 am to 11:15 am) Learn the essentials of portfolios, resumes and cover letters and boost your confidence at a job interview.
    • Create a creative and personalized e-portfolio that reflects your accomplishments and skills.
    • Learn how to choose the most effective cover letter and resume format to highlight your qualifications and experience and tailor it to a job posting.
    • Learn how to effectively answer different types of interview questions in individual, panel, telephone and group interviews and build your confidence through extensive practice
    • Learn how to follow up after an interview

 

  • Workplace Communication 1 module (Wednesdays, 10 am to 11:15 am) Strengthen your workplace communication skills.
    • Voicemail messages
    • One-minute speech
    • Small talk and business etiquette
    • Intercultural communication
    • Effective presentations
    • Targeted pronunciation work

Interactive Zoom sessions:

  • From 10:00 - 11:15 am. Students are encouraged to attend the above interactive Zoom session(s) per day per module.
  • Participants need to have access to a computer 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 us!

By email:  learnenglish [at] mohawkcollege.ca (subject: Question%20about%20Workplace%20Preparation%20Program)
By phone: 905-575-1212 Ext. 3092


Questions? Attend an Information Session!

  • Tuesday, Feb. 2, from 12:30-1:30 pm
  • Wednesday, Feb. 3, from 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Thursday, Feb. 4, from 9:30-10:30 am

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