Vocational & Employment Skills Program

Posted on: May 21st, 2015 by SAAAC No Comments

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SAAAC’s Vocational and Employment Skills Program encourages the development of a range of skills that help individuals with varying abilities find employment.

Through a balanced approach of in-centre job preparation and community-based employment training, you will gain valuable experiences and skills that will make you strong contributors to any organization’s workforce.

The program is funded by Employment and Social Develop Canada, and it is completely free for participants. Eligibility for the program includes being above the age of 18 and have a confirmed diagnosis of autism or related developmental disorder.

Program Overview

8 weeks of in-centre training led by experts in a particular industry (culinary skills & food preparation; design & decor; office administration). Our in-centre training is fun, educational, and above all, geared towards developing specific skills that employers are looking for.

8 weeks paid job placements. Our program will help you find work placements in the community and also pay wages for the first eight weeks of their placement. This subsidy is to encourage employers to work with individuals with varying abilities and see how much these workers can improve an organization’s culture.

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Industries of Focus

Office Administration
10 weeks – Up to 12 hours/week
Will be introduced to basic office administration duties. Lessons include filing, data entry, and bookkeeping.

Culinary Skills & Food Preparation
10 weeks – Up to 12 hours/week
Students will learn the basic concepts, skills, and techniques of food preparation, safety and hygiene.

Design & Decor
10 weeks – Up to 12 hours/week
Students will be taught various aspects of event decor. Lessons include table setup, centre piece assembly, and inventory & packaging.

How to Register

Please contact our Employment Coordinator Bharathy Vivekanatham for more information.
Tel: 647-427-1160

We have a proven track record of success. Janani was part of our employment training program and we were able to find her a suitable position as a filing clerk at the Law Office of Meleni David. Janani’s story was covered in the Toronto Star. Read her story HERE

Employment Partners

We are incredibly grateful for our employment partners who are committed to creating more inclusive working environments and giving opportunities to individuals of all abilities. Programs like this are not possible with out committed and passionate businesses.

The Cable Shoppe Inc

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Lastman’s Bad Boy

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