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Free program aims to help job seekers acquire skills

Ramp Up to Employment, a free three-week course, offered at Orillia campus of Georgian College
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A student exits Georgian College's Orillia campus during orientation day Tuesday. Nathan Taylor/OrilliaMatters

So, you’ve been out of work for a while. Maybe you took some time off to raise your children, or you’ve been downsized out of your job. Or maybe, you just want a career change but are afraid you don’t have the needed skills.

There are many reasons people are challenged to get back into the workforce, but often all it takes is to refresh some basic skills to gain confidence.

Ramp Up to Employment could be the refresher needed. This free, three-week program at Georgian College’s Orillia campus will help job seekers gain the confidence and skills for success in today’s workforce.

It’s also an ideal stepping stone to further educational or employment opportunities.

“Ramp Up is an excellent program to improve your job searching skills and techniques. You have an opportunity to work with staff who have firsthand knowledge about the current job market,” says Angela Wiggins, Resource and Information Specialist, Career and Employment Community Services at Georgian College.

“By completing the program you gain in-demand skills that employers are looking for and certificates that will help you broaden your job search, including WHMIS, Service Excellence (Customer Service training) and Smart Serve.," said Wiggins.

Between March 26 and April 11, participants will have the opportunity to gain their Service Excellence and Smart Serve certificates, as well as work on educational/work planning, computer skills and workplace math and communications skills.

Classes run Tuesday to Thursday each week, between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. in an adult-oriented environment with supportive instructors. They include topics such as exploring the hidden job market, interviewing, basic Excel, formatting resumes, math skills and written communication.

“People who have taken this program in the past have told us it has helped them gain confidence to go after the jobs they want. They especially liked the fact they were able to earn their Service Excellence and Smart Serve certificates for free,” says Cathy McRae, Program Manager, Academic and Career Preparation at Georgian College.

Space is limited.

Contact Jennifer Rousseau at 705-325-2740, ext. 3024 or for more information or to register.