We are very excited to announce that on the evening of February 28, 12 of our students graduated from our EASSY program! Of these, over half have found employment and will be graduating to full time work in fields such as health technology and construction, and two will be returning to school for further training. We sincerely wish them all the best as they begin their lives in Canada, and hope we see them in the community. Our doors are always open! (to view photos from the event, please scroll down)
The EASSY acronym, of course, is a bit of a misnomer. Standing for the Economic and Social Integration of Syrian and other Immigrant Youth project, students committed to 30 hours of employability skills training per week for 8 weeks, while meeting with private and corporate employers presenting on employment, hiring procedures, and Canadian work culture. A further 12 weeks of part time work experience provided students with practical on-the-job skills and experience. All of our students spoke highly of their work experience, attributing it to their success in going on to find full time employment.
While the EASSY program is coming to a close on April 7, 2017, we are very happy to announce that a similar project, Empowering Youth Through Employment, will be taking its place (see our previous post on the visit from MP Darshan Kang to announce the project’s approval). Watch this space in the coming weeks for more details, including on how you can apply.