AHC’s Employment Supports Program has three main areas of focus in addition to walk-in supports provided in our Community Resource Hub.

  • One-on-One Supports 
  • Training & Assessment Programs 
  • Workforce Exposure Events and Networking 
  • Resources

 

Our Employment Supports team can share knowledge and resources about Alberta employers and industries, the Alberta job market, workforce integration, educational credential assessment, job search techniques, career opportunities, employment trends, and much more. 

One-on-One Supports

AHC offers individual employment supports to *permanent residents and refugee claimants. 

*If you do not meet these eligibility requirements, you are welcome to access our Community Resource Hub and to inquire about group activities/programming.

One-on-One Supports are Designed to Help Clients: 

  • Build and maintain confidence 
  • Increase their understanding of the labour market, job postings, and training opportunities 
  • Develop workplace essential skills and improve English language skills 
  • Overcome barriers to accessing the job market 
  • Maintain motivation and engagement in the job search 
  • Consider and explore different career and training opportunities 

Employment Counsellors work with clients in a three-phase process

  1. In an initial meeting, ECs will discuss the job seeker’s education and work experiences, foreign credentials/certifications, job/career goals and the current job market. ECs will support clients to self identify transferable skills and potential skill gaps that can be addressed by training.
  2. Following the initial skills assessment and information sharing, an EC will invite the client to co-create an Employment Action Plan (EAP). The EAP includes the client’s own inputs, including their self-identified needs and priorities, plus short- and long-term goals.
  3. Together, the EC and client can update the EAP as priorities or goals change over time. By using this client-centred approach, AHC is able to respond to client needs and adapt supports when needed, to better support the client’s journey to employment and labour market integration.

 

Our team members are also open to discussing self-employment and entrepreneurship with clients. Clients may also consider contacting AHC’s Entrepreneurship Supports Program. 

To inquire about one-on-one supports, contact Zeinab at: zeinab.abdelaziz@a4hc.ca or call 780-966-4687

Workforce Participation Programs (WPP)

WPPs offer targeted language, essential skills, and workplace culture training to support newcomer entry into specific industries. New programs are driven by labour market demand and relationships with employers and industry.

Find program information below. Please contact us to express interest in programs regardless of identified program scheduling, as programs may be offered more frequently based on interest. To express interest in a program and be added to a waitlist, contact Anane Dabala at anane.dabala@a4hc.ca or call 780-235-3580.

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Employment Outcomes:

  • Security Guard
  • Asset Protection Officer
  • Loss Prevention Officer 

This program is offered year-round based on both employer and job seeker demand. 

Eligibility 

  • CLB 5+ with strong oral communication
  • No serious criminal record, outstanding criminal charges, or pending criminal investigation 
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Essential Skills for Construction

Employment Outcomes:

  • General Construction Labourer

This program is offered in the Spring of each year. 

Eligibility 

  • CLB 4+ with strong oral communication 
  • Physically fit – can safely lift and carry 30Ibs 
  • Comfortable with heights – ladders, stilts, platform work
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Essential Skills for Customer Service 

Employment Outcomes:

  • Retail Sales Associate
  • Cashier
  • Stocking Associate
  • Store Stock Clerks 

This program is offered in the Spring and Summer but may be offered more frequently based on employer and job seeker demand 

Eligibility 

  • CLB 4+ with strong oral communication 
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Essential Skills for Hospitality

Employment Outcomes:

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen Helper
  • Banquet Attendant 

This program is offered in the Spring and Summer but may be offered more frequently based on employer and job seeker demand. 

Eligibility 

  • CLB 3-5 and ready to work
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Essential Skills for Food Handling 

Employment Outcomes:

  • Kitchen Porter
  • Prep Cook
  • Pantry Cook 

This program runs in the Summer but may be offered more frequently based on employer and job seeker demand. 

Eligibility 

  • Completed Essential Skills for Hospitality or CLB 5+ 
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Tax Filing Professional 

Employment Outcomes:

  • Taxpayer Services Agent
  • Payroll Administrator
  • Financial Administrator 

Recruitment for this program begins in January of each year, training takes place in February and volunteer work placement runs during tax season between March-May 

Eligibility 

  • Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident with more than one year of residency 
  • CLB 7+ 
  • Strong computer/digital skills

Welder Assessment and Pathfinding

Open and recruiting

This pilot project is being offered in partnership with CLAC welding shop/CLAC Training in Edmonton to explore formal assessment and employment coaching for experienced welders who have immigrated to Canada. 

 Our programs offered in partnership with

ASCEND (Applied Skills Curriculum to Empower Newcomer Development) 

ASCEND is an innovative and interactive online learning program focusing on building newcomer soft skills. The program consists of seven interactive online modules, six workshops, and self-paced and supportive assignments to help you identify and build on existing skills.

 

FAST (Facilitating Access to Skilled Talent) 

Through online learning delivered at no cost to you, you can learn more about your industry, understand Canadian workplace culture, and know what skills you need in your occupation or profession to help you achieve your career goals in Canada! Through this program you will gain the following: 

  • insights into occupational standards and requirements;
  • clear information about gaps in skills and competencies, and the training required 
  • a comprehensive assessment of knowledge, skills, and abilities (competence) and how they compare to Canadian standards.

Follow the links below to learn more about specific industries 

 

SPRINT (Skills Passport for Newcomers in Tech) 

SPRINT  is a new initiative implemented under IEC-BC’s FAST program designed to test the concept of a ‘skills passport’ to help internationally trained individuals get hired faster in Canada’s growing tech and biotech industries. Through IEC-BC’s multi-sector partnerships, SPRINT provides a full suite of services to immigrant professionals and connects employers to a skilled talent pool.

 

For more information or to register, contact Elizabeth Ariaya: elizabeth.ariaya@a4hc.ca or call: 780-235-0578

Workforce Exposure Events and Networking  

The Employment Supports team creates unique events in partnership with local employers to expand newcomers’ awareness of regionally available employment opportunities. These networking events allow employers and newcomers to learn more about each other and informally discuss future opportunities, required training or qualifications, and possible career paths. An ongoing initiative is our Mock Interview Program. Through this program newcomers have the opportunity to practice their interview skills with employer partners representing various sectors. These interactions increase newcomer confidence in their abilities and open the door for future engagement with employers.

Past Events

Force Inspection Service Event 

Force Inspection Services hosted AHC clients at their Nisku location for a hiring event and workplace tour. The staff introduced us to office leadership, described their work, and toured the group through inspection and machine shops. All clients were offered one-on-one interviews and several people were extended job offers!

RAM Elevators and Lifts Event 

Clients had the opportunity to attend an open house event at RAM Elevators and Lifts. They were given a tour of the facilities and talked to career professionals in the organization. Several clients went on to interview with the organization. 

Client Resources

AHC Employment Supports Video Series – “Scams”

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