Free Workplace Preparation

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Get prepared today for the job search

Integrating into the workforce is one of the most important goals when you're a new to Canada. However, many internationally trained professionals face multiple challenges during the job search: lack of professional connections, management of interview questions related to their "Canadian work experience" and limited knowledge of the workplace culture, are some of them.

Workplace Preparation (also known as Enhanced Language Training) is a FREE program offered to qualified newcomers that are looking for a job opportunity. In the program you will receive all the support you need to overcome those barriers so that you can successfully integrate into the Canadian labour market. There is a new intake every six weeks.

There's still time to apply! Start November 10

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Program highlights

  • the program is offered in a flexible full-time and part-time format.
  • 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.
  • connect with a mentor to help you progress your career in Canada.

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 achieve your career goals


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 and delivery format

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

  • September 15th to November 8th, 2021 (6-week intake)
  • November 10th to December 23rd, 2021 (6-week intake)
  • January 5th to February 17th, 2022 (6-week intake)
  • February 23rd to April 17th, 2022 (6-week intake)

The program offers a flexible modular format where participants choose, based on their needs and goals, the modules they will take. There are 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, access 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 sessions: 10:00-11:15 am on the day when a given modules 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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