Hi, I’m Nicoleas (Mayne), Human Resource Assistant at R. Work Group. We have a program, CareerFriends, funded in part by the government of Canada which is designed to help individuals with disabilities ages 16 and older who have graduated or are out of school find and keep a job.
Now before I lose some of you, let me explain what I mean by disability. A disability can be any form of learning disability, developmental disability, ADHD, mental health related issue such as anxiety, depression, bi-polar disorder or schizophrenia, chronic back pain, asthma, any other physical or mental permanent disability that is preventing you from finding and keeping the job you want. And if you’re eligible for services, we can help you at no cost.
So what does it take to be eligible? Well you need to be unemployed or working less than 20 hours per week and self-identify as having a permanent disability of some form. You have to be legally entitled to work in Canada, and cannot be eligible for assistance under employment insurance benefits or have been attached to EI in the last 36 months. There are other eligibility requirements, but call us and we’ll find out if you’re eligible. All we need from you is a commitment to work with us to help you find the right job at the right time.
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Along with your counsellor, you will establish what need to be done for you to find and maintain employment. We work with you and your schedule to deliver our services in the best way possible. Our team of professionals has a variety of tools and resources available for assessing your interests and abilities. We can even provide funding for short courses such as Basic Bookkeeping and Occupational First Aid. (Other short courses include: Simply Accounting 2011, A+ Certification Prep Course and Exam, Microsoft Office Courses, TDG, Basic Occupational First Aid, Fall Protection, Forklift Operator Training, Intro to Health and Safety Systems, Health and Safety Policy Legislation, Basic Computer TIA A+ Certification, Medical Terminology, and Medical Transcription. There is funding available for the following as well: Neuropsychological/Psychological/Psycho-educational assessments, Disability Related Supports such as Note Takers and Sign Language Interpreters, Certain Materials and Supplies such as uniforms, gloves, handbooks, and flash drives and a limited amount of funding available for transportation to worksites and interviews.)
Ultimately we want you in a position where you can excel, in a job that appeals to your interests and utilizes your skills. The job you get depends entirely on you, our services are individualized.
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In Grande Prairie we have a database of over 250 employers that we regularly keep in contact with, and we’re currently working on establishing a similar database in Hinton.
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Both these databases will continue to grow as more unique people come through our door and are connected to positive work environments.
We’ll also provide follow-up support once you are in a job. We even come on-site to make sure you’re doing well.
Now how do we get started? Call your nearest R. Work Group office, 780-539-1072 in Grande Prairie or 780-865-1156 in Hinton.
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If you just want some more information, feel free to email me: Nicoleas@rworkgroup.com, or call the office. Our hours are 10-5 Monday to Friday.
Additionally, explore our online home where you can learn even more about who we are and what we do.
R. Work Group, Visionaries in Vocational Rehabilitation and Disability Management
Address: 9801-97 Avenue (Grande Prairie) Phone: 780-539-1072 (Grande Prairie) or 780-865-1156 (Hinton)
CareerFriends is a project funded in part by the Government of Canada.