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R. Work Group
This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada sign on front desk.
Text: There’s a job out there, will you find it?
Welcome sign on wall.
Client working with community coordinator.
Text: Possibly You.
Staff Business Cards.
“R. Work Group” Office Building.
“Open” sign, camera zooms into R. Work Group waiting area.
Text: Starting in 2012.
R. Work Group sign on building.
Text: Individuals 16 and older.
Writing on office wall: “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.”
Text: On a quest for a job.
R. Work Group Mission: Our Mission is to provide disability management, job search, and job maintenance support to help employers, employees, and job seekers in Northern Alberta and B.C. to maximize contribution in the workplace.
The “R’s” of R. Work Group: Reassure, Reeducate, Reestablish.
R. Work Group Website: RWGCommunity.com
Vision: People believe in and use their abilities in the work place.
Nicoleas, Human Resource Assistant.
Community Coordinator Grace Hussey taking notes while client does a work sample.
Front door, camera zooms in.
Grace with client.
Client doing work sample.
Computer with work sample.
Camera zooms in on door handle.
Text: “R. Work Group” and the Right Job at the Right Time.
Credits with contact information inserted: 780-539-1072, RWGCommunity.com, Starring possibly you, 9801- 97 avenue, Bonnie Maguffee, Grace Hussey, Nicoleas Mayne.
What is CareerFriends?
CareerFriends is a unique and exciting program for individuals ages 16 and over who are graduating or leaving full-time school and not returning. The program is designed to help individuals with disabilities, health issues, or learning difficulties find and keep a job.
Who is eligible for CareerFriends?
Individuals aged 16 or older who are graduating or leaving school and not returning. Eligible applicants must:
- self identify as having a permanent physical, mental, learning disability, or other permanent health issue that limits daily
- be unemployed or working less than an average of 20 hours per week;
- be legally entitled to work in Canada; and
- be in need of assistance to prepare to enter the labour market, to obtain a job or become self-employed.
- be able to maintain employment independently after working with us, as onsite job coaching is provided, but on a time-limited basis.
- be ineligible for assistance under Employment Insurance (EI) or have received EI benefits in the past 36 months.
What does it cost?
If you are eligible for Career Friends, there is no cost to you, the client. CareerFriends is funded in part by the
Government of Canada.
What am I committing to?
We work with you to help you find a job. Your counsellor will establish with you what it is you need to do to find and maintain employment. We work with you and your schedule in order to provide our services in the best possible way.
What kind of people do you work with?
We work with people from many different backgrounds, specializing in helping people with physical disabilities, learning difficulties, ADHD, developmental disabilities, work-related injuries, chronic illness, asthma, chronic back problems, traumatic brain injuries, and mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, bi-polar disorder, or schizophrenia, and many other health related issues.
Among youth in Canada, the most prevalent types of disabilities are learning disabilities, with over 35,000 men and 20,000 women affected by this type of disability.
- Do I qualify if my health issues are substance-related?
As many as eight out of every ten people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or antisocial personality have some type of addiction, and as many as five out of every ten people who suffer from anxiety or depression also struggle with addiction. Mental health issues and addictions can be co-occurring. If you think there is any chance you may be eligible for our services, please call and we will help you find out.
Source: American Psychological Association (2007, December 3). Mental Illness And Drug Addiction May Co-occur Due To Disturbance In Part Of The Brain. ScienceDaily. Retrieved May 4, 2012, from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/12/071203090143.htm
Why do I need help to get a job?
According to Statistics Canada, over 20% of youth with disabilities are unemployed. The number of people employed or actively seeking employment is 10% lower than that of youth without disabilities. Unemployment among adults with disabilities is 15% lower than that of youth. All this being said, of all working-age groups of people with disabilities, the ‘youth’ age group accounts for the smallest percentage of disabilities considered to be‘severe’ or ‘very severe’ and should be, on average, more employable than adults with disabilities. We want to work with you to develop abilities that will ease your transition into the world of work and demonstrate to employers all that you have to offer.
How can R. Work Group help?
Our team of professionals has a variety of tools and resources available for assessing your abilities and use these to explore what job will work for you. We want to help find you a job that interests you and put you in a position where you can excel. We provide job coaching, support during your job search, help you develop the skills needed to secure employment, and negotiate job placement with employers.
We are also able to provide funding for short courses including Basic Bookkeeping, Simply Accounting 2011, A+ Certification Prep Course and Exam, Microsoft Office Courses, Basic Occupational First Aid, TDG, Fall Protection, Forklift Operator Training, Intro to Health and Safety Systems, Health and Safety Policy Leg, Basic Computer TIA A+ Certification, Medical Terminology and Medical Transcription.
We also have funding for Neuropsychological Assessments and Psychological/Psycho educational Assessments. In addition we have funding for Disability-related supports such as note takers and sign
language interpreters. We even have funding for certain materials and supplies such as uniforms, gloves, handbooks and flashdrives, along with a limited amount of funding for transportation to interviews and
How long will it take to get me a job?
The amount of time that we work together is dependent on your needs. We won’t hold you back if you are ready to work or put you in a job before you are ready. We may only need to work together for as
little as a month in some cases; in other cases you may work with us for up to a year.
How certain are you that you can get me a job?
We have a placement rate of 70%.
What kind of job will I get?
The type of job you get depends on your skills, abilities, and interests. Our services are completely individualized. A few examples of what our clients are doing after working with us include:
Customer Service Representative, Program Administrator, Secretary, Electrical Instructor, Truck Driver, Partsperson, and more. We have a constantly growing employer database and will work to seek out the right fit for you.
How will I be supported after finding a job?
As our services are individualized, this again depends on the client. We will come on-site to ensure necessary
accommodations are being made, continue with support and counselling as necessary, and follow-up with reviews to ensure that our services are being implemented in the best possible way.
Sources for statistics:Statistics Canada, Participation and Activity Limitation Survey, 2006
CareerFriends is a project funded in part by the Government of Canada