Employment Support

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Help with finding a job in London, Ontario

Do you need to find a job but aren’t sure where to start? The organizations below are funded to help you learn how to find a job in London and its surrounding areas. Many of these organizations have special services for newcomers and immigrants, and connections to employers looking to hire. 

 

Employment Ontario can help you get training, build skills, or find a job. This website has resources and a live chat option, which allows you to speak to a government employee who can answer questions related to your job search, employment services, academic credentials assessments, and bridging programs.

 

Job Search Programs - Specifically for Newcomers

Internationally-educated individuals who are permanent residents, convention refugees or live-in caregivers

Work-authorized newcomer job seekers including permanent residents, convention refugees, live-n caregivers, naturalized Canadians, refugee claimants and newcomers of any other status on Ontario Works.

Workshops are delivered in person and via webinar through WIL Employment Connections. Contact WIL directly for information on schedule and enrolment at 519-663- 0774 or Email: careerinformation@WIL.ca

 

International Students

 

Fanshawe College - Career Services for Students and alumni - Designed to help students find part-time employment during studies, and also future career preparation.

Brescia University College –International Students - Information about programming, activities, events, and other valuable resources for international students and other interested individuals.

Huron University College – Information about programming, activities, events, and other valuable resources for international students and other interested individuals.

King’s University College – International Students - Information about programming, activities, events, and other valuable resources for international students and other interested individuals.

Western University - International students geared at assisting students with their job search process, and how to apply for off-Campus and post-graduation work permits. Only current international students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs are eligible. It includes some services for accompanying family members.

 

Employment Services for People with Disabilities

ATN Access is a non-profit organization that helps people with disabilities find employment, upgrade their skills and qualifications, and specializes in computer-assisted training and learning.

March of Dimes Employment Services ensures people with disabilities have access to employment. They offer job preparation services and connections with employers who actively hire people with disabilities. 

 

Employment Geared Education and Language Programs

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Adult Learning

Collège Boréal – programs for internationally educated Francophone professionals in: 

  • Supply Chain and Logistics 
  • Health System Navigator 
  • Management and Leadership

Eligibility criteria

  • Naturalized Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, a convention refugee, protected person or refugee claimant eligible to work in Canada (must not have previous Canadian work experience in the field) 
  • Must have a post-secondary degree from outside of Canada
  • Minimum of 2 years related professional experience from outside of Canada
  • Minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level of 7 in French AND level 5 in English.

 

Collège Boréal – Enhanced Language Training for newcomers to improve your language skills. Includes 8 weeks in-class language training, and a 5-week work placement or a mentorship with a Canadian employer.

Eligibility criteria

  • 18 years or older
  • Permanent resident, convention refugee, or protected person.
  • Level 6+ of the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB)

 

Specific Fanshawe College courses in:

Workplace Communication Skills for Health Sciences

Workplace Communication Skills for Professional Managers

Workplace Communication Skills for Business

Workplace Communication Skills for Writing Professionally.

Eligibility criteria

  • Education, training or experience in the Health, Business, Management or Project Management sectors
  • Canadian Language Benchmark of level 6 or higher
  • Must be IRCC eligible as Permanent Resident or Protected Persons

 

Thames Valley District School Board Adult Education

  • English for Employment in Food & Hospitality 
  • English for Employment in the Retail Industry
  • English for Employment as a Childcare Worker
  • English for Employment - Pathway to Work 
  • English for Employment in the Hairstyling & Barbering Industry 
  • English for Employment in the Healthcare Sector 
  • English for Employment in the Small Business Sector 
  • English for Employment - Pathway to Work

Eligibility criteria

  • Whose first language is not English; achieved a minimum of CLB 4 or 5 (depending on program criteria) and 
  • Who is 18 years old or has completed their high school diploma and is not a day school pupil enrolled in any publicly supported day school in Ontario; and must be a:
    • naturalized Canadian citizen, permanent resident, Convention refugee or a refugee claimant; or 
    • provincial nominee, or their dependent, approved through the Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program but has not yet been processed to receive permanent resident status; or 
    • temporary foreign worker, or their dependent, approved through the Canadian Experience Class but has not yet been processed to receive permanent resident status; or
    • approved foreign domestic worker under the Live-In Caregiver program.

 

London District Catholic School Board

Offer adult education through the Centre for Lifelong Learning, which has programs in the following areas:

  • Adult Credit
  • ESL (English as a Second Language)
  • LBS (Literacy and Basic Skills)
  • IILP (International & Indigenous Languages Program)
  • Summer School

 

Second Career - Assistance for persons who have been laid off or who are looking for a new career? Second Career is an Ontario government program that will pay your tuition.

 

Academic Credential Evaluations and Assessments, and Related Employment Pathways

 

Access Centre for Regulated Employment - Information and application assistance to internationally trained individuals seeking licensure or related employment in Ontario’s regulated professions.  This also includes accessing the Internationally Trained Worker Loan Program provides, and counselling for alternative Employment pathways.

Eligibility Criteria

Must at least 18 years old and a resident of Ontario. 

Must have international postsecondary education or international work experience and possess a valid Canadian work permit.

Must also be one of the following:

  • refugee claimant with a valid work permit
  • permanent resident
  • Convention refugee
  • Canadian citizen

 

Job Finding resources specifically for Newcomers

 

IMMPLOY – Mentorship Programs

Connect immigrant job seekers with regional business leaders through occupation and industry specific networking and events. Contact one of their Community Partners for a referral.

Benefits for job seekers include:

  • Network in targeted occupation/industry.
  • Connect with Canada’s hidden job market.
  • Increase confidence in the job search.
  • Identify transferable skills.
  • Secure meaningful employment in your professional field.

Eligibility Criteria

Must at least 18 years old and a resident of Ontario. 

Must also be one of the following:

  • refugee claimant with a valid work permit
  • permanent resident
  • Convention refugee
  • Canadian citizen

 

IMMPLOY – Job Match

Provides employers across Southwestern Ontario coordinated access to qualified Canadian newcomer talent. 

Provides Job Seekers the opportunity to learn about the types of skills employers are seeking, increased knowledge of regional labour markets, and preparation for interviews and evaluate job offers through Job Match Postings

Eligibility Criteria

Must at least 18 years old and a resident of Ontario. 

Must also be one of the following:

  • refugee claimant with a valid work permit
  • Valid work permit
  • permanent resident
  • Convention refugee
  • Canadian citizen

Certain minimum language (CLB) requirements, and must be born outside of Canada.

 

WIL Employment Connections

WIL is a non-profit community organization that has been providing quality employment support services and career development solutions since 1984. It is an Alternative Career Options for Internationally Trained Educated Health Care Professionals. WIL offers programs and services specifically for newcomers and immigrants, including tips on how to search for jobs and connecting employers to job seekers.

Contact WIL directly for information at 519-663-0774 or Email: careerinformation@WIL.ca

 

General Employment Services and Job Search Resources

 

Employment Sector Council and Job Developers Network 

  • Employment Sector Council (ESC) is a collaborative network of more than 40 member organizations, which work together to provide high-quality, consistent employment and training services across our region.

See attached referral sheet for all available service providers’ location, agency name and contact information.

Eligibility Criteria

Job Seekers and Employers are encouraged to contact these community employment organizations in their area to receive no-fee, professional, and high-quality assistance. 

For most services clients must be:

Must at least 18 years old and a resident of Ontario. 

Must also be one of the following:

  • refugee claimant with a valid work permit
  • permanent resident
  • Convention refugee
  • Canadian citizen

Individuals who are not Canadian Citizens or permanent residents (i.e. with 900-series SINs) may access Resource and Information services, but are not eligible for ‘assisted services’ (i.e. Job Search, Job Matching, Placement and Incentives, and Job Retention) under the Ministry’s existing Employment Service.

 

Additional Job Search Resources:

Looking for a job

Persons with Disabilities

Investing in a business or starting a business 

Starting a business

Local Jobs Hub

Techjobs

Manufacturing Jobs

Worktrends 

Knighthunter

Job Bank: Wage feature

LEDC concierge 

 

Additional Employment Services

London Employment Help Centre provides advocacy and employment services, and to help individuals access employment opportunities and social benefits. 

Goodwill offers services for job seekers which can include workshops, job search planning, resume and cover letter consultation, and job listing recommendations.

London Training Centre is a non-profit organization that provides skills and training opportunities, employment services, and certifications for: safe food handling, health and safety, computer training, and customer service training.

Nokee Kwe offers culturally sensitive, client-centered and holistic approaches that focus on identifying and finding solutions to employment and learning barriers.

Hutton House has a variety of free employment programs and services. They can help with writing resumes, skill improvement, goal setting, understanding employment options, and advocating for workplace accommodation when needed.

LEADS Employment Services is a non-profit employment and skills development agency providing assistance to people above the age of 14 with physical, mental health, development and learning disabilities

Community Employment Choices - Job search and career planning

Next Wave - Offers programs and supports for youth ages 12-30 within the Strathroy community and Middlesex County

Pathways provides employment preparation services, skills training, and help with employment placement.

 

For an additional list of organizations to help with your job search, please review the Employment Sector Council’s pdf document.

 

Last modified:Thursday, October 08, 2020