The program includes a variety of learning activities and training sessions designed to equip the participants with skills and knowledge related to working in Manitoba, specifically in the construction industry and other services. The program is open to male and female participants and is divided in two (2), 6-month sessions with a maximum of twenty (10) participants per session. Intakes occur during the first week of January and again during the first week of July. It is projected that 75% of participants will find employment within 90 days of completing the program.

The majority of the learning sessions are presented in the form of group workshops delivered by expert facilitators. The workshops are delivered in English and French and are tailored to the employment challenges that are experienced by immigrants such as language barriers and cultural differences. Some of the activities such as job placement and employment counseling are completed on a one-on-one basis between the participant and the program director.

The planned activities include:

  • Basic English courses
  • Cultural integration sessions
  • Resume and cover letter writing
  • Interview skills
  • Professional development (employment skills)
  • Personal development (life skills)
  • Goal setting
  • Building and construction skills (plumbing, carpentry, masonry, landscaping, painting, etc…)
  • Cleaning
  • Workplace safety training
  • Forklift operation training
  • Employment research techniques
  • Job placement
  • Employment counselling and on-going support
  • Anti-gang / crime awareness

The specific abilities to be developed include construction skills, forklift operating and workplace safety certification, all of which are directly related to addressing Manitoba’s labour needs in the construction industry and other services. The program also meets labour market needs through cultural integration sessions that teach employment protocols such as basic employee/employer expectations, work hours, work ethic and remuneration / deductions.

Upon completion, the participants are provided with employment placement services customized to their skills and interests. The Programme Jeunesse Ici staff place the participant with a construction company that has been identified and recruited through either a referral from the Manitoba Construction Sector Council, the program’s employer recruitment strategy or from other partners and sources.