Employment Skills Job Readiness Program (ESJR)

Employment Skills Job Readiness Program (ESJR)

Programs objectives like the ESJR will:

  • Begin the successful reintegration process.
  • Provide training and skill development that will pave the way for long term employment.
  • Coordinate an easier transition back into the community.
  • Impact a large geographic scope to help reduce recidivism.
  • Assist at-risk African Canadian youth to overcome barriers and enable to make positive makes changes in their communities.
  • Address the labour shortage faced within the trades industry.


The Program objectives:

  • Frequent job/employment skills training sessions that will assist African Canadian men (ages 18 to 29) in custody at the TSDC.
  • Comprehensive planning for their release and reintegration back into the community.
  • Development of the necessary jobs skills to find employment in various industries, particularly the skill trades sector.


The ESJR Program would strive to:

  • Provide a continuum of care that extends into the community and supports to help with the reintegration process.
  • Coordinate access to resources and supports by collaborating with the various stakeholders in the community to find stable employment.
  • Offer links and supports to help build that cap within the building and construction trades upon release.


Program Phases

The ESJR Program will support a cohort of 8-12 participants over a three month cycle through four different phases:

  • Phase 1- Introductory 3 week Life Lessons & Essential Skills
  • Phase 2- Participants will enroll into the 3 month ‘bridging Pre-Apprenticeship Program.
  • Phase 3- Placement into a paid Apprenticeship with an ESJR Program partner.
  • Phase 4- Provision of ongoing wrap-around supports.


The ESJR program will launch on March 9, 2015. We are still accepting applications and encourage individuals who meet our criteria to submit a completed application form.

We encourage social service agencies to distribute our flyer.