Alchemy Partners with Elevate Canada to Facilitate Pre-Employment Education

Partnership to provide unique opportunity for unemployed adults to gain skills needed by food processing companies
Essential Skills Ontario (ESO) is pleased to announce their collaboration with Alchemy Systems for the Elevate Canada: Raising the Grade for Food Processing initiative. Alchemy will provide Essential Skills Ontario and the initiative’s training providers, Fanshawe College and Loyalist College, with a comprehensive platform that includes industry-specific courseware that adhere to industry standards in both English and French for entry-level workers in the food-processing sector. 

Alchemy has provided ESO, Fanshawe College and Loyalist College with in-depth, training on the state-of-the-art platform which will be a prominent component of the curriculum for approximately 250 adults currently receiving income support, and give them the skills relevant to in-demand occupations in the food processing industry. Funded by the Government of Canada's Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program, Elevate Canada will test whether involving employers in pre-employment education for vulnerable populations can lead to better qualified job candidates, while reducing the time and costs around recruitment efforts. 

These types of innovative delivery models have been successfully implemented in the United States, Australia and New Zealand, and are proving to be effective in attracting an employer’s investment in basic skills. Additional benefits include reducing unemployment rates and government expenditures. Overall, Elevate Canada aims to not only educate adults in Ontario for the food processing sector, but also through meaningful partnerships, provide a program that allows adults to be efficiently and effectively trained for industries and occupations with high demand. 

“ESO feels that it is critically important to integrate the best learning technology into training to help vulnerable adults get the skills they need in order to become employed,” says Lesley Brown, Executive Director at Essential Skills Ontario. “By bringing the cutting-edge training approach of Alchemy Systems, we believe we are accomplishing this goal.”

This type of program is not new to Alchemy, who currently works with nearly two million employees at over 10,000 locations worldwide; most of who are in the food industry and include Canadian companies such as Maple Leaf Foods, Kisko, and Leclerc Cookies. Alchemy’s primary focus is to provide programs that drive safe, productive and profitable cultures.

“Alchemy is honored to work with Essential Skills Ontario and the colleges on the Elevate Canada initiative,” says CEO, Jeff Eastman at Alchemy Systems. “We recognize the importance of developing sustainable skills for the unemployed, while assisting our customers in the food industry to optimize their workforce.  Finding and training good qualified candidates to handle the many jobs in the food industry remains a primary focus of our company and industry.”

To learn more about Elevate Canada please visit
To learn more about Alchemy please visit

For more information contact:

Amber Haas, Senior Communications and Marketing Lead
Essential Skills Ontario
(416) 963-5787 Ext. 29

Robyn Goddard, Marketing Manager
Alchemy Systems 
(512) 637-5149

News Date: 
Thursday, July 31, 2014