First Two Cohorts Graduate from Elevate Training Program

First Two Cohorts Graduate from Elevate Training Program
Over the past few months, Essential Skills Ontario (ESO), in collaboration with various community service providers, have been working on developing and delivering an integrated employer-tailored curriculum using Alchemy Systems’ platform to train vulnerable adults in Ontario seeking employment in the food processing industry. This two-year initiative led by ESO, Elevate: Raising the Grade for Food Processing, is aiming to help bridge the gap between vulnerable adults looking for work and industries looking for workers.

Recently, Fanshawe College delivered the six-week training program to the first cohort in Strathroy, where successful participants were offered employment with Bonduelle. Last month, Loyalist College awarded certificates to graduates from the second cohort of the program in Belleville, where successful participants were offered employment with either Vantage Foods or Canadian Blast Freezers.

“Today I was offered employment at CB freezers… I will be starting work … and will be looking forward to it with the skills I have learned,” says Matthew Lange, a graduate of the Quinte cohort. “Without this course, I believe working the two week placement as an actual job would have been difficult.”

In the coming months ESO will be conducting training programs at various locations throughout the province – including in the Quinte, London, Stratford and Durham regions. For more information on the Elevate project, please register for our webinar ‘Elevate Canada: Early Learnings’, taking place Wednesday, February 4th at 1:00PM ET, where Chris Perrin, Program Developer at ESO, will provide an update on the project and lessons learned through the training of the first few cohorts.

In this free, one hour webinar, participants will learn:

  • About the project model and how the curriculum was developed
  • About the participants and the process for participant evaluation
  • Future training programs and next steps in the project

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