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Overview of Employment Services from JobSkills in York Region and Brampton Margaret Rassinger, Coordinator of Employment Services & Programs at JobSkills

About the Author

Margaret Rassinger has been developing her skills in case management and project management for over 20 years. More recently, over the past 8 years she has expanded her knowledge and expertise within the non-profit sector. Her years of experience have provided her with a well rounded framework to serve a diverse population and assess their needs as appropriate when developing their career goals. Margaret has facilitated various employment related workshops, as well as provided individual career counseling when developing individual.s short and long term employment goals. Currently working for Job Skills in Northern York Region and is coordinating Employment Services in Georgina and East Gwillimbury.

Job Skills is a non-profit community-based employment and training agency. It has been offering employment services and training in northern York Region since 1988.

Today, the Agency provides Employment, Newcomer and Business Services and Programs in York Region, Bradford West Gwillimbury, East Gwillimbury, Dufferin, Halton, Peel and Toronto and is part of the Employment Ontario Service Delivery Network. Each year the Agency serves more than 25,000 individuals through offices located in Keswick, Newmarket, Markham, Mississauga, Brampton, North York and Scarborough.

In August 2010, Employment Ontario changed the way it does business making it easier for Ontarians to find the employment and training programs and services they need in a one-stop shop. Employment Ontario Employment Service Centres are now located in communities across the province offering residents access to local community information, employment services and Employment Ontario-funded programs including Ontario Second Career and the Ontario Self-Employment Benefit program. This Employment Ontario service is funded in part by the Government of Canada.

Job Skills has three Employment Service Centres located in Brampton, Keswick and Markham. These Employment Service Centres are available to assist individuals with:

  • job search (customized one on one or self directed)
  • career planning
  • job matching and placements
  • retraining
  • self-employment options

In addition the Keswick Employment Service Centre provides itinerate services in East Gwillimbury. Effective February, 2011 Job Skills will be present at the Holland Landing Library weekly offering workshops and individualized job search assistance.

Each Employment Service Centre also provides access to computer workstations with Internet access, job boards, daily newspapers, telephones, fax machines, photocopiers and a wide variety of onsite workshops and information sessions. The workshops and information sessions are available to assist individuals moving forward with their employment goals. Services are provided free of charge.

Some of the workshops* and Information Sessions* available are:

  • job search tools
  • resume writing
  • cover letters
  • Interviewing
  • the hidden job market, and
  • a series of Career Exploration workshops designed to help job seekers find direction for their job search

Specialized workshops are also available to provide information on:

  • Ontario Second Career
  • Ontario Self Employment Benefit
  • Apprenticeship

*Pre-registration is required for Workshops and Information Sessions. Monthly calendars are available by visiting Further individualized assistance is available to job seekers through one-on-one Employment Counseling and Job Development. More information can be obtained by contacting Job Skills or by visiting

Each Employment Service Centre also has Job Developers who will work with Employers to provide:

  • Recruitment Services
  • Human Resources and Workforce Planning
  • Labour Market Information
  • Training Plan Development and Support
  • Facilities for Job Fairs
  • On-site Interview Space
  • Apprenticeship Information and Support
  • Possible Financial Incentives

For more information and up-to-date schedules you can contact Job Skills' Employment Services Centres at:

37 George St. N.,
Suite 303

155 Riverglen Drive, Unit 7
905-476-8088 or 1-866-470-5947

4961 Highway 7,
Unit 100 101

You can also visit the Job Skills website at

For more information or to locate other Employment Ontario Service Providers you can visit the Employment Ontario website at: or call 1-800-387-5656.

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