Employment Readiness

Career Compass-Participation House

 In 2018, Participation House was successful in obtaining the Employment Modernization Fund (EMF). This funding has allotted us the opportunity to partner with Community Living Essex County and bring Career Compass to Durham Region. Career Compass-Participation House is a modernized employment service that was developed to strengthen and promote an inclusive community.

Career Compass-Participation House provides direction to job seekers searching for meaningful employment and guiding employers in creating and sustaining an inclusive workplace culture. This is done through a variety of means:

  • Engaging with job seekers
  • Networking and developing community partnerships
  • Ensure the employee is receiving minimum wage or better
  • Supporting employers to create and sustain an inclusive workforce
  • Ensuring both the employee and employer needs and expectations are met and maintained.

Employment Services – A Multi-Dimensional Approach

Securing employment creates a sense of purpose and belonging in one’s community. It promotes opportunity for people to flourish in a new role and to focus on one’s professional development. Gainful employment not only promotes inclusion it is also a key ingredient to greater financial independence and quality of life.

With this in mind The Participation House Project (Durham Region) has expanded their repertoire of supports and services to include a spectrum of Employment Supports that can meet you were you are at and where you want to go. To best support you we have organized our information and opportunities into our Upskills Learning Continuum that helps lead you on focused approach to continuous learning and personal development. 

For more information contact Rachel Southwell, Service Manager- Employment Services at 647-505-4456 or rsouthwell@phdurham.com

Employment Readiness – Pre-Employment Training

Employment Readiness is a 6 week, fee for service, pre-employment opportunity for adults with developmental disabilities. The course is designed to assist job seekers to identify their own strengths, interests and employment objectives.

The course is inclusive of in class participation, guest speakers along with workplace tours. There are opportunities to obtain First Aid and CPR along with other certificate training programs:

  • WHIMIS
  • Professional Communication
  • Resume Building
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Interview skills
  • Hygiene
  • Job Sampling
  • Public Transportation

The course is implemented to support a person’s professional development.

For more information contact Rachel Southwell, Service Manager- Employment Services at 647-505-4456 or rsouthwell@phdurham.com

Supported Employment- Steps to Sustainability

The Participation House has partnered with the Municipality of Clarington to secure the operation of its concession stands at Rickards, Darlington and South Courtice Arena’s (all located in Clarington). Through this new initiative, we will be providing Employment opportunities to adults with developmental disabilities at hourly wages.

For more information contact Rachel Southwell, Service Manager- Employment Services at 647-505-4456 or rsouthwell@phdurham.com

Champions for Employment – Steering Committee

The Champions for Employment Steering Committee is a volunteer based committee who assists Career Compass-Participation House in developing our community and the opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. It is a gathering of local business partners and experts who network to expand our connections and ensure job opportunities are available to job seekers.

For more information contact Rachel Southwell, Service Manager- Employment Services at 647-505-4456 or rsouthwell@phdurham.com

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