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.
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.