Free, and right here in Wetaskiwin, DFW’s One-on-One Employment Services welcomes Albertans who are unemployed or marginally employed to drop in for a wealth of resources

Free, and right here in Wetaskiwin, DFW’s One-on-One Employment Services welcomes Albertans who are unemployed or marginally employed to drop in for a wealth of resources

One-on-one services make for an easier job search in Wetaskiwin

Drop in to learn more about the free programs for those unemployed or marginally employed

When it comes to learning a new skill or navigating what can be a challenging job search, nothing beats one-on-one help. And that’s exactly the idea behind one of the core programs at Wetaskiwin’s DFW Career Services.

“We’re a designated resource centre available for anyone in the community, whether they just need to access a computer or phone, or if they need help with applications, or accessing information or skills training,” says Wayne Di Lallo, DFW Director. “And people don’t need an appointment – they can just drop in. It’s very casual – we want to try to remove as many obstacles as possible.”

Free, and right here in Wetaskiwin, DFW’s One-on-One Employment Services welcomes Albertans who are unemployed or marginally employed to drop in for a wealth of resources, including:

  • A computer lab, with printer, fax and labour market information.
  • Self-serve resources and access to onsite support.
  • A staff member to assist with accessing community resources, applying online, completing various types of applications, with no appointment required.

“We also provide employment readiness services for clients we believe are job-ready, but just need some assistance with resources, with the goal of having them employed within 30 days,” Di Lallo says.

A 12-week program is available for those who need a little more support, and for those who may have additional barriers to employment, DFW offers a 16-week workforce development program to get them job-ready, which may include additional training to increase employability.

Participants in this program can also qualify for supplementary income assistance, meaning that the government will top up their wages with the employer for a set period.

The employee is also matched with a job developer, who will stay connected during the initial few months to trouble-shoot any challenges and provide additional resources, with the goal of a permanent position with the employer once the supplemented period is complete, Di Lallo says. “The response so far has been really good.”

The one-on-one service is one of several core programs DFW has developed since 2010, when it began offering individualized career services in both Wetaskiwin and Camrose. Other programs include Youth Services and Transition Employment Services.

12 reasons to celebrate

As it celebrated its 12th anniversary, DFW Career Services welcomed the community to come by the resource centre Oct. 26 – the opportunity to learn more about their offerings and how they take a holistic approach to helping job seekers secure or improve their employment. The Camrose open house is planned for Nov. 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To learn more, call 780-352-4477, email info@dfwi.ca, or simply drop by the resource centre near downtown Wetaskiwin at #103 & #104, 5220-48 Ave.

To book an assessment with DFW Career Services and jumpstart your career today, visit dfwi.ca/contact/#form

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