Pre-employment Programs

Peer Support Relief Worker Program

There is increased recognition in the social service sector that people with lived experience/peer workers bring valuable skills, empathy and an ability to relate to  and support others who are accessing the social service system.  At the same time, the opportunity to work allows people who are living in poverty to change their economic status, and feel empowered by their contribution to society.  However, up until now there has been little training available for people interested in working in the sector.

Specialized Training:

  • Like Minds Peer Support Training
  • Toronto Drop-in Network – Best Practices in a Drop-in Foundation Series
  • Harm Reduction – theory and principles of harm reduction
  • The Art of Advocacy – how to advocate effectively for peers

Food & Horticulture Program

We anticipate that some of the graduates will find employment in Working for Change’s own businesses The Raging Spoon Catering Company, Out of This World Café and Parkdale Green Thumb Enterprises or in other social enterprises in the GTA.

Specialized Training:

  • Food Handler’s certificate

Core Training

Our program provides 12 weeks (3 days a week, 5 hours a day) of in-depth training for (currently) Ontario Works participants.

  • Communication and Conflict Resolution
  • Crisis Management
  • Anti-oppression/Diversity Training on race, class, gender, disability, LGBTQ issues, and Aboriginal cultural competency
  • Asset Mapping and Goal Setting
  • Peer Zone Training – understanding peer support work and recovery concepts and principles,
  • “From Survivor to Provider” – discussions on confidentiality, boundary issues, disclosure, the pressure to succeed and work/life balance
  • Violence Against Women
  • Budgeting on Ontario Works
  • Personality Dimensions
  • First Aid & CPR
  • Resume & Interview Skills
  • Civics 101 & Public Policy
  • Levels of Government
  • Customer Service