Accessible Career Connections
Welcome to Accessible Career Connections - the newest program to be offered at the North Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre. Accessible Career Connections is designed to serve people with any disability in Saskatoon facing challenges in obtaining and maintaining employment. Anyone, 16 years of age or older, with a self-declared disability who is seeking temporary or permanent employment is eligible for this program. Applicants must complete the Labour Market Services registration form and meet with the employment coordinator to assess their skills, interests, abilities and readiness.
Currently ACC is offering:
Career Readiness Workshop Series - These are stand alone workshops that offer flexibility to participants as they do not require a long-term time commitment. Participants can choose to attend only the workshops that are relevant to their own personal employment goals. Workshops are offered twice a week, with each one being about three hours in length.
One-on-One support – Our Employment Services Coordinator can provide participants with one-on-one support based on their current employment goals. This support will be personalized. Potential examples include: guiding the participant through a discovery process to help them decide which career would be a good fit for them, help filling out applications, practicing interview skills, working on time management skills etc.
Connections to Job Coaches – Once a participant obtains employment we will work together with partner organizations to find a suitable job coach. This job coach can then provide on-the-job assistance to help the participant achieve success in their new workplace. The role of a job coach is to assist the participant in becoming an independent worker.
Staffing Agency – ACC is trying something new in our community by incorporating a staffing agency into the program. Much like a regular staffing agency we will work to build connections with employers who will notify us when they require a temporary position filled. We will then match the employer with a participant who would be a good fit. The hope is that by introducing our participants into businesses on a temporary basis it may lead to permanent employment. With for-profit staffing agencies employees are required to work a large number of hours through the agency before they can be directly hired by an employer they have been matched with, or the employer must pay a fee. Since our goal is to find people permanent employment there is no minimum hours of work needed or associated fees for the matched employers to hire one of our participants. For temporary job assignments participants will be paid a rate of $12/hr.
Interested in our program? Email Ebonie at Employment.services@NSILC.com or phone 306-665-5508 for more information.