FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Milton and Georgetown: Job-seekers in north Halton will soon find it easier to access employment services in their communities.
Currently, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) funds both The Centre for Skills Development & Training (The Centre) and vpi Inc. to operate the same employment services through separate sites in both communities.
As of today, job-seekers in Milton can access a full suite of employment services at The Centre, and job-seekers in Georgetown can access the same services at vpi Inc.
“This change to employment services in north Halton means streamlined services for people in Milton and Georgetown,” said Kathy Mills, Chief Administrative Officer of The Centre. “The Centre can concentrate its resources in Milton and offer enhanced workshops, one-on-one support and self-serve resources—while vpi Inc. can do the same in Georgetown. The ultimate goal is for the job-seeker to get into the right job for them, as quickly as possible.”
“Not only are we making it simpler for job-seekers to get the help they need in their own community, we’re being more efficient in the way we deliver services,” said Gail Rieschi, President and CEO of vpi Inc. “No longer will job-seekers be confused by the presence of two providers. Georgetown job-seekers and employers will know that vpi is the go-to organization, while in Milton it will be The Centre.”
vpi Inc. and The Centre are working together to make the changes go as smoothly as possible. vpi’s site in Milton will be transitioning as of March 31, but Milton job-seekers can already use The Centre’s site at 550 Ontario Street South on the second floor. The Centre’s site at 184 Guelph Street in Georgetown will be closing as of March 31, but job-seekers can start going to vpi’s site at 235 Guelph Street at any time.
Some job-seekers receiving case-managed support at the sites that are slated to close can contact their usual site for more details on who they will be working with in the future.
Staff at each site work with clients to help them define their employment goals and create a career plan, and to develop their resume, interview and job-searching skills. Job-seekers also have access to information and resources, including computers with Internet access, photocopiers and telephones; self-directed Microsoft Office testing and learning software; and workshops, tips sheets and special events. These Employment Ontario services are funded in part by the Government of Canada.
The Centre and vpi Inc. are committed to putting the client first in everything they do, and now, thanks to the great relationship they share with each other and MTCU, job-seekers in north Halton can easily access the help they need, when and where they need it.
About vpi Inc.: As a Service Provider within the Employment Ontario network, it is the goal of vpi Inc. to provide the highest calibre of service to people and employers of the community within their 11 locations in Ontario. Whether you are a recent graduate, a laid off worker, a new immigrant, in need of a second career or would like to be self-employed, vpi is able to provide you with access to resources and information necessary for a successful career path. vpi Inc. also works hand-in-hand with Employers in the recruitment, selection, development and retention process and often matches job-seekers with these employers. With extended office hours and multi-lingual staff, vpi is able to offer the right tools and resources to ensure that client needs are met. www.vpi-inc.com
About The Centre: The Centre for Skills Development & Training is a not-for-profit incorporated affiliate of the Halton District School Board with seven locations in Halton and Mississauga. The Centre helps people at all stages of life get on a path to career success—from youth just starting out, to older workers who have been laid off; from newcomers to Canada who need to improve their workplace English, to people interested in the trades who need to build their technical skills; and from small business owners looking to hire staff, to large companies who need help developing and transitioning their workforce. Learn more at www.thecentre.on.ca.
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