Line Cook Training Program – Siloam Mission
The Line Cook Training Program will train 10 individuals who have experienced violence, limited exposure to the workforce, involvement in the justice system, who have or are currently experiencing homelessness and who are eager to make a change in their lives, as Line Cooks. Siloam Mission and Patal Vocational School have partnered together to offer a program that provides skills development and practical experience in cooking theory, food safety and sanitation skills in a variety of different kitchens for a total of 16 weeks of hands-on experience, in order to gain a Line Cook Certificate. These tools prepare the participants with the required skills to enter into this line of work with confidence, and the ability to become self-sufficient.
Good Food Box – Winnipeg Food Share Co-op
Recognizing the need for healthy, accessible and affordable food for inner city low-income families, the Good Food Box aims to offer fresh food boxes, a mix of fresh fruits and vegetables, twice a month at depots throughout the city. Those employed with the co-op are individuals who face barriers to employment due to socio-economic status, literacy levels and racism. Through the co-op they are able to gain a range of transferable skills in the grocery/food industry and information about healthy eating, as well as engagement within the community.
Youth Crew – Spence Neighbourhood Association Inc.*
The Youth Crew Project aims to provide local youth, ages 11-16 with casual job opportunities, pre-employment training and hands-on work experience. These opportunities help reduce their barriers to employment, build up their confidence levels and create community connections through a safe and nurturing environment, which helps to prepare them for their future employment endeavors. This program offers youth the opportunity to gain skills in lawn care, catering, snow removal and other community maintenance projects.
Spence Neighbourhood Association’s website
Ogijita Pimatiswin Kinamatwin
The Gang Prevention Program provides educational support, and traditional Aboriginal cultural supports for gang involved at-risk youth, ages 14-18 in the Inner City. The program focuses on community safety, engagement towards meaningful employment and pre-employment training opportunities, through resume development and mock interviews, literacy skills assessments and educational mentoring. The program also encourages participants to engage in Aboriginal culture and holistic healing initiatives, all in an effort to prevent full enmeshment in gangs and gang related activities.
Childminding Program – West Central Women’s Resource Centre (WCWRC)
The Childminding Program focuses on training low income West End women in childcare and employment, which allows the women to participate in community meetings and events. It is set up to address the lack of safe occasional childcare resources for non-profits, government and community organizations. The program has also generated employment for people who may have otherwise had to rely on social assistance as their only means of income.
Newcomer Skills Building: Multi-Cultural Maintenance Project – Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM) **
The Immigrant and Refugee Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM) will empower four IRCOM tenants to gain valuable and extensive building repair skills, through on the job training in the summer of 2013. This program allows newcomers to Manitoba an opportunity to earn income while simultaneously experiencing hands-on training. This in turn aids in increasing newcomer work experience in a Canadian environment, as well as building up their leadership skills and overall confidence to gain valuable and long-term employment in Manitoba.
Beyond Bars Program – The John Howard Society of Manitoba
Based on the Texan Prison Entrepreneurship Program, the Beyond Bars program is focused on teaching business development skills to members that have been, or are currently involved in the criminal justice system. This program empowers participants to become reintegrated into society and to work past barriers to employment that come with having a criminal record. These skills also aid in reducing the likelihood of ex-offenders committing new offences in the future.
Child Care Training Program – NorWest Co-op Community Health Centre
The NorWest Co-op Child Care Training Program provides newcomer and low income women with basic training to gain entry level employment as child care providers, and to pursue further training in the child care field. Various topics are covered, from child development and positive discipline, to communication and safety, as well as providing CPR and First Aid training to participants. The program will also offer increased financial stability, increased social connections and support for the community and other social service providers.
Employment Uplift Experience 2013 - SSCOPE Inc.
SSCOPE’s Employment Uplift Experience 2013 is focused on strengthening the employability of low income individuals coping with mental health or a diagnosed disability through pre-employment learning and discussion components in a group setting within the North End and Central Winnipeg area. The project will create an employment experience that demonstrates the real expectations of employers to their employees, allowing individuals the opportunity to enhance their job skills and demonstrate work readiness.
The Soup Bee – West Broadway Development Corporation (WBDC)
The Soup Bee is a social enterprise committed to employing and educating marginalized residents to manage, market, and produce gourmet soups made from locally sourced ingredients. The Soup Bee focuses its hiring efforts to volunteers at Agape Table, RaY, Wolesley Family Place and other residents of the West Broadway area. The Soup Bee is committed to environmental sustainability, long term employment of local residents, as well as neighborhood sustainability.
Soup Bee’s website
* Project working only with children and youth
** Project with direct benefits to children and youth