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Range of Education and Employment Programs to Help You
Since 1985, the Employment + Education Centre (EEC) has been helping individuals across Leeds and Grenville achieve their potential, and allowing employers to find the best match for their job positions. We are committed to helping the community thrive and measure our effectiveness in terms of your success. Read the testimonials and success stories below to see how our services have helped changed the lives of job seekers and employers across Leeds and Grenville. We can help you too!
Chris Olson: EEC helped make my dream come true
Chris Olson came to EEC looking for a change after having worked labour jobs at local industries for more than a decade. He told his employment coach and job developer at EEC that he wanted to be an electrician. He credits both the EEC and Four-O-One Electric (where he is currently working) with helping him realize his dream.
He said, “Since first coming here, I’ve recommended the centre to a number of other people. It really helps when you can come and talk to someone who knows where you’re coming from and can help you get on the path that you need to be on.”
Eric Homiak: EEC gave my career direction!
Brockville resident, Eric Homiak, held different jobs after high school. He had worked on a line at Procter and Gamble as well as a line cook at Kelsey’s. While he enjoyed being a cook, Eric was also curious about the emerging solar industry. He took part in the second wave of the Sunnyville solar training initiative and was able to get a job as solar panel installer with iSolara before finishing the program.
Narrating his experience with EEC, he said, “I thought it might be good to get into a new industry and was interested in getting into the green aspect of the economy. The program was great. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to get into this industry.”
Matt Hodge: I wouldn’t have made it without help from EEC!
Matt Hodge, a 38-year-old Cardinal resident, was unemployed and looking for a career change in the fall of 2010. After speaking with his EEC Employment coach, he put in his application for the Sunnyville solar training initiative and was thrilled to be chosen for the program. After graduating, he was hired as a solar panel installer for iSolara and has done several installations across Eastern Ontario.
He strongly believes that EEC made this possible. He said, “I was looking for a definite change and also wanted to work outside. I thought the solar industry would be a good choice. But I couldn’t have gotten to where I am right now without EEC and can’t say enough about their programs.”
Sierra Davidson: EEC changed my life!
Sierra first came to the EEC to rework her resume and find a new job. She enrolled in a wide variety of programs here, including numerous workshops (like the one for developing interview skills) our Computers for Job Success course and Roots to Wings mentorship program. After using our centre’s services to secure part-time employment, Sierra decided to go back to school using the Second Career program. She graduated with honours with an Early Childhood Education diploma and is currently working as a practicing DECE for the Upper Canada District School Board.
Like Matt Hodge, she also feels that EEC was responsible for her success. She said, “My experience with the EEC, the staff and their services has been life-changing for me, both professionally and personally. I feel very blessed and lucky to have had the opportunities that have come my way, thanks to the EEC and the people who have helped me to get where I am now.”
Wendy Hennessey: The journey to full-time employment has been long and not always easy for Wendy Hennessey of Brockville. However, the Employment + Education Centre has been there with her every step of the way. Her use of the Employment + Education Centre’s services started several years ago, when she accessed employment counselling. “Career counsellors helped me to put my resume together,” she explained. “They helped me see skills I didn’t know I had. When I first got there, I didn’t feel like I had anything to offer.” Wendy added that she was helped by EEC to get first a part-time job and then a full-time position once she felt able to take on that much responsibility. As well, she took advantage of the Computers for Job Success program to make sure her skills were up to date and utilized the agency’s resource centre. When the time came to look for full-time employment, Wendy again used an Employment Coach at EEC.
She is now the manager of the O’Mally Kourt Fudgery (a candy and ice cream store) in downtown Brockville. Wendy credits the Employment + Education Centre staff with helping her develop the confidence necessary to apply for that job. “Confidence was built into me by my coach at EEC,” she emphasized. “Everyone is always so encouraging and so positive.”
YOUTH JOB CONNECTION PROGRAM
Chris Argue: EEC helped me find a job!
Argue says, “I found the EEC Youth Job Connection program very helpful. It helped me get a job, but more than that, it helped with the way I interact with people. I recommend the program to anyone I know who might be eligible!”
Ainsleigh Byrne-McLean: It was an awesome experience!
Byrne-McLean enjoyed participating in EEC’s popular Youth Job Connection-Summer program. She says, “It was so awesome! Other people I know took part in it too.”
Nathan Mitchell: EEC made it a great summer!
Mitchell says that thanks to EEC’s Youth Job Connection-Summer program, “it’s been a good summer!”
Mary Lynn Villeneuve Aquatarium Volunteer Program Manager
The EEC’s Youth Job Connection-Summer program and the Aquatarium was a successful collaboration. It introduced several students to their first job. The students were enthusiastic about welcoming and engaging thousands of visitors from around the world. True ambassadors for our region! Looking forward to working with the program next summer.
Barry Moss: EEC finds the ideal candidates!
Moss, President of Four-o-One Electric is thrilled with EEC’s services. He says, “Over the past 10 years, the EEC has provided us with many qualified candidates who worked out so well that we hired them full-time. We have found EEC job developers to be good at matching our requirements to potential candidates. In addition, the subsidy programs provided through EEC gives us a low-risk opportunity to train candidates while determining if they are a good fit.”
Bob Pearce: I’m a big advocate of EEC!
Pearce, General Manager of Henderson Printing is more than satisfied with EEC’s services. He says, “Henderson Printing has used a variety of EEC’s services, from the Summer Jobs program to getting good candidates for regular positions to accessing funding programs to help during training of employees. I’m a big advocate of EEC!”
Find a Job or Candidate at Our Employment and Education Centre
The Employment + Education Centre (EEC) offers a full range of services to help job seekers and employers find the ideal match. Whether you are looking for employment, a career change or to build your skills, we have a variety of programs to help you further your career. Employers across Leeds and Grenville also take advantage of our hiring services, training and mentorship programs to access new employees.