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. Six Diploma Programs are approved by the Ministry as vocational programs under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005:
Computerized Office Administration
Supply Chain Clerk/Analyst
Administrative Assistant with Desktop Publishing
Over 50 individual modules are also provided as part-time Certificate Programs
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.
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.
A donation of just $10.00 per month = a subsidy for an isolated woman to take a needed skills upgrade;
A donation of just $500 = a subsidy for a newcomer to enrol in Diploma program and receive Canadian credentials;
A donation of just $200 = career exploration and work placement services
55 Eglinton Ave. East
Contact Name:Honey Crossley, Executive Director