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Skills Development Spotlight: Online Training In Ontario East

Ontario East is filled with skills development programs to help job seekers find sustainable employment while giving local employers access to a reliable and highly-skilled workforce. Right now, job seekers can access apprenticeship programs, co-op programs to learn new skills and get on the job training. Loyalist College’s Elevate Plus program helps Bay of Quinte residents who want to upskill or reskill to enter the local manufacturing or food processing sectors. The Quinte STEP program offers online training in the form of 3 weeks of soft skills training followed by 8 weeks of free training or certification in specialized sectors.
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How to Improve Your Work-Life Balance: Battle Skilled Trades Burnout

The term burnout gets thrown around a lot but what does it actually mean and more importantly, how does it affect the skilled trades? While job burnout is not an official medical condition, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) recognizes it as a contributing factor to a person’s mental health and well-being at work. Although, it is difficult to pinpoint exact data on the number of people in the workplace, specifically the skilled trades, experiencing burnout (because it is not an official medical condition), if you want to learn how to improve your work-life balance, avoiding and managing burnout is key.
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Work Placement for Students In Ontario East

Work placement is an opportunity to get on the job training and experience, hone skills, and build a professional network before you start your professional career. There are many options and benefits of work placement for students in Ontario East, and there are some misconceptions about these programs as well. If you want to learn more about work placements for students and why you should do one, you’re in the right place.
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4 Eastern Ontario Immigration FAQs Answered for Newcomers to Canada

The province of Ontario is preparing to welcome more immigrants than ever over the next few years. If you’re a newcomer to Canada or are planning to immigrate to Ontario, keep reading to learn the answers to frequently asked questions about Ontario immigration, especially to eastern Ontario. Ontario East is a top choice for new Canadians because of its high quality of life, safe rural and small to medium sized communities, low cost of living, short commute times, diverse workplaces, and many opportunities for skills development.
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How to Re-Enter the Workforce Without Sacrificing Quality of Life

Maybe your job was affected by COVID-19; or you’re a parent or caregiver who voluntarily left the workforce to care for your family. Maybe you’ve gone back to school; or you were ill but you’re feeling better now. In the end, your reasons for leaving the workforce aren’t as important as the fact that now, you’re ready to come back.
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A Round Up of (Some of) the Best Resources for Newcomers to Canada

Welcome to Canada! Canada is globally known for our high quality of life, civil liberties, education, economic freedom, gender equality, environmental sustainability, and public services. Canada is home to many cultures and accepts people from all walks of life with open arms. However, no matter what your reason for coming here or how wonderful Canada feels, once you’re here navigating the systems created for newcomers to Canada can be confusing, time consuming, and overwhelming.
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Don’t Overlook This In Your Job Search: Find the Best Quality of Life

When you’re looking for your next job some of the most important factors you look for might be: compensation, benefits, company history and reputation, working hours, job responsibilities, and opportunities for advancement. But there’s one factor you might not consider that’s just as important to your job search success and your professional and personal happiness: quality of life.
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6 Resources for Job Seekers

If you’re in the middle of a job search or even considering entering the job market soon, stop now and read this. We know how stressful job searches can be. The effects the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the job market combined with factors like inflation, the return to in-person work, skills training needs, personal accommodation needs all contribute to this stress. To help you in your search, whether you’re new to Canada, to eastern Ontario, or a sector, we’ve collected 6 resources for job seekers.
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Get Career Planning Help in the Eastern Ontario Region

If you are a student, or know a student (hello teachers and parents!), save this blog post! The eastern Ontario region has an abundance of resources for young people who want to start career planning. You may think it’s too early to start career planning but the truth is it’s never too early (or too late) to start thinking about the kind of career you want, the kind of skills you’ll need, and what you’ll have to do to reach your goal.
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Are You Eligible for Express Entry?

The Government of Canada uses the Express Entry program to manage immigration applications from skilled workers. The online system allows the Canadian government to manage permanent resident applications for filling labour gaps while also giving newcomers to Canada a straightforward way to enter and stay in the country.
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