Since 1988 we have been providing training and employment support that empowers new hires to hit the ground running and enjoy long-term success in various industries. Hundreds of thousands of individuals and employers have been served. This includes young people, many of whom are post-secondary graduates.
One thing that differentiates The Career Foundation from other trainers is our experience and expertise working specifically with youth, including post-secondary graduates. Our curriculum and the approaches we take are based on over three decades of working with young people and gaining an understanding of where their greatest needs lie when it comes to transitioning to the labour market effectively. Our strategies have been constantly evolving as the needs of youth and employers have changed over time.
We have worked closely with employers in various industries over the years to make sure that our training programs meet the unique needs of their sectors and to position youth for long-term success.
We know that in the first year there can be uncertainty and young people are learning to navigate as they encounter new situations and challenges. Every post-secondary graduate’s goal is to make it through the beginning stages of their career and continue to grow and develop. Ninety-two percent of The Career Foundation’s post-secondary grad participants have retained full-time employment in their fields and many received promotions. Employers are impressed by how prepared their new staff have been and have appreciated the training, coaching and support of The Career Foundation.
We are pleased to support post-secondary graduates/interns across the country in accessing training and skills development. Participants can get training in four critical soft skill clusters required to excel in their careers.
Learn how to thrive in an organization with one of the most important skill sets: working well with others.
Crush your short- and long-term career goals by learning the art of communicating effectively.
Become an all-star problem solver by learning how to analyze issues, create solutions & evaluate their effectiveness.
Collaborating in person or with a virtual workplace is becoming a basic competency for all employees. Navigating competing priorities and goals can be one of the hardest things to achieve in a workplace. In order to achieve collaboration, team members need to understand themselves, manage conflict, solve problems, and make decisions. This course will focus on the development of the essential skill: working with others.
There will be practical exercise planned throughout the day that will mimic experiences in the workplace setting. We will touch on communication skills in a team setting, teamwork professionalism, responding to defensive team members and conflict resolution.
This course will focus on developing interpersonal and communication skills as well as professional workplace behaviours. It will cover the 4 C’s of communication (clarity, conciseness, correctness and conversational), first impressions, body language and voice. Participants will learn successful presentation formats and strategies for effective public speaking.
The ability to solve problems quickly is key to success in any role at any level. Critical thinking, creativity and problem solving are also the most sought-after skills by managers. This course will focus on the development of the essential skill, “thinking,” in a practical learning environment that will mimic the workplace setting. Using Bloom’s Taxonomy of Critical Thinking Skills, participants will become versed in: remembering, understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating and creating. Interns will delve into creativity and innovation through theory and practice.
Time management is not finding more time, it is doing more and working more efficiently in the time you do have. This course delves into strategic management techniques of productivity, projects and people. Areas of focus include: leadership styles at all levels, moving from employee to supervisor, providing feedback, change management, equity and inclusion and managing people virtually. In this course, you will receive action-oriented insights and have exposure to best practices.
Kerry Kettle has a bachelor of science degree as well as a Career and Work Counsellor Diploma and 16 years’ experience in Career and Training Services. She is an experienced workshop facilitator, both in-person and online. For the past 5 years, Kerry has worked predominantly with post-secondary grads entering STEM sectors and understands what employers are looking for and what youth need to do to thrive in their first year of employment and beyond. She will share many valuable case studies with participants.