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Employment Services

Employment Services offers a suite of bridge to work programs serving newcomers with low-skills, mid-skills as well as professionals.  These programs prepare immigrant women to secure employment in: childcare, retail, food service (fast food and cook positions), security, customer service, administration,  accounting, interpretation and translation, and much more. Participants build occupational skills, essential skills, and learn about Canadian workplace culture and the labour market. Participants develop job search and networking skills. 

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"My participation in the program has equipped me with significant skills to pursue my career and conduct my life in a more meaningful way than before." - Links to Success participant

Bridge to Success for Professional Immigrant Women

Program Description

Bridge to Success helps immigrant and refugee women unable to attain professional experience in their field of expertise related to administration, sales and marketing, community and social services, and other related professions connect to the labour market. Clients receive 16 weeks of in class training focused on pre-employment training, occupation skill training, essential skill training such as digital skill building, leadership development, workplace communication, as well as employment skill building.  Clients also enter a 10 week mentored work experience placement.

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Career Services for Foreign Trained Professionals

Program Description

Career Services for Foreign Trained Professionals supports immigrant women to practice their skills and gain experience needed to enter the Canadian workplace.  Clients receive English language enhancement, essential skill training including digital skill building. Career planning includes individualized labour market assessment, employment skill building and job search support. Eleven weeks of classroom training is followed by 12 weeks of Canadian work experience. The program is available to immigrant women who are permanent residents or refugees with a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 or higher. The program hosts 2 concurrent intakes.

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Child Development Worker Training 

Program Description

Child Development Worker Training is a 12-month program offered in collaboration with Bow Valley College. The program prepares CIWA clients, currently working at daycare centers, to provide quality child care in a wide variety of settings and complete the Child Development Worker Certification (formerly Level 2). Throughout the program, clients are offered professional support to advance in their careers and to positively impact the lives of children in their care.

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Childcare Training for Low Literacy Immigrant Women

Program Description 

Childcare Training for Low Literacy Immigrant Women program trains and assists low skilled immigrant women to obtain a Child Development Assistant Certificate. Clients receive English language enhancement, essential skill and employment skills training.  The program is available to immigrant women with less than twelve years of education and Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 3-4 or higher. Eligible clients include permanent residents, refugees and Canadian citizens with language and cultural barriers.

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Childcare Training Pathway

Program Description

Childcare Training Pathway trains and assists low skilled immigrant women to obtain a Child Development Assistant Certificate. Clients receive English language enhancement, essential skill and employment skills training. The program is available to immigrant women with less than twelve years of education and Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 3-4. Eligible clients include permanent residents, refugees and Canadian citizens with language and cultural barriers as approved by Alberta’s Learner Income Support Office.

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Fast Track Employment Training for Immigrant Women

Program Description

Fast Track Employment Training for Immigrant Women provides mid-skilled immigrant women training in one of 3 tracks, individualized support and employment skills training. The three tracks are Administrative Support Skills, Front Line Customer Service Skills and Protection Skills (security guard). The program is available to immigrant women who are permanent residents with Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4-6.

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Food Service Training

Program Description

Food Service Training provides low to mid skilled immigrant women with training to enter the quick service industry. Clients receive English language enhancement, essential skill and employment skills training. Training includes food safe handling and certification, customer service and cash register handling. The program is available to immigrant women who are permanent residents with Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 3-4.

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Labour Market Bridging for Volunteers: Interpretation and Translation

Project Description 

Labour Market Bridging for Volunteers: Interpretation and Translation provides certified training in community interpretation and hands-on experience in interpretation and translation.  Training includes the curriculum of Cultural Interpretation Services for Our Communities (CISOC). Volunteers obtain certification through the Cultural Interpreter Language Interpretation Skills Assessment Test (CILISAT).  The program follows a social enterprise model, collaborates with businesses and agencies to offer paid interpretation and translation work to program graduates. Eligible clients include permanent residents who currently volunteer with CIWA. Candidates must have Canadian Language Benchmark of 7 and higher as well as oral and written proficiency in a second language.

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Line Cook Training

Program Description 

Line Cook Training provides mid skilled immigrant women with training to enter cook, prep cook and kitchen help roles. Clients receive English language enhancement, essential skill and employment skills training. Training focuses on professionalism, safety and sanitation, kitchen operation, preparation and cooking. The program is available to immigrant women who are permanent residents with Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4-6.

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Links to Young Adult Employment

Program Description

Links to Young Adult Employment provides young immigrant and refugee mothers with training and support to develop a long-term career plans and to enter meaningful employment. Clients receive essential skill training, including digital skill building, Canadian workplace preparation, one-on-one career planning, one-one-one mentoring and employment skill training. The program is available to immigrant mothers who are permanent residents or refugees with and a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 or higher. Ten weeks of classroom training is followed by 14 weeks of Canadian work experience.

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Modular Employment 

Program Description

Modular Employment Training provides low skilled immigrant women training to enter housekeeping, room attendant and kitchen help roles. Training includes health and safety, working with others, workplace expectations, customer service, schedules and phones, kitchen help, WHMIS, and room attendant skills. Clients receive one on one resume and job search assistance. The program accepts new clients every Monday year round. The program is available to immigrant women who are permanent residents with Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 2 and higher.

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Retail Training Program

Program Description 

Retail Training provides low skilled immigrant women training to enter retail roles. Clients receive English language enhancement, essential skill and employment skills training. Training focuses on customer service, cash handling, health and safety, working with others, food demonstration and entry level job access primarily focused on the grocery sector. The program is available to immigrant women who are permanent residents with twelve years or less of education and a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 3-4.

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