Established in 1978, Working Skills Centre's mandate is to assist unemployed and under-employed individuals, empowering clients to become employed and self-sufficient.
While mandated to serve a broader clientele throughout the Greater Toronto Area, the Mission Statement reflects the emphasis on providing services to immigrant women:
WSC is an innovative, community-based, non-profit charitable organization that empowers immigrants, primarily women. Our purpose is to prepare our clients to fully participate in Canadian society by providing educational programs, Canadian work experience and settlement services that ultimately lead to employment.
In 2008, WSC's skills training programs were recognized by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and the Academy of Computer and Employment Skills (A.C.E.S.) was launched. The Computerized Office Administration Diploma and the Computerized Accounting Diploma are approved by the Ministry as vocational programs under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005.
Located in an easily accessible building at Yonge & Eglinton, WSC has established a business environment which provides immigrants with Canadian workplace experience, settlement counselling and referrals to needed services, technical skills training in accounting and office administration, and bridge-to-work programs.
The very unique practice firm, called World Service Cargo, provides a virtual work placement in seven career sectors: Administration, Information Technology, Finance, SAP, Human Resources, Marketing & Sales, and Supply Chain (Inventory Management, Logistics and Warehousing).
Client feedback is extremely positive, relected in the fact that the majority of referrals are word of mouth from satisfied customers.
The agency works in collaboration with other organzations serving women, immigrants and the unemployed including several umbrella groups and Memorandums of Understanding with other programs to ensure that clients receive all needed services.
55 Eglinton Ave. East
Contact Name:Honey Crossley, Executive Director