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SEAN'S STORY "FINDING AND
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What is the London Community Woodshop?
February. It can be such a difficult month. The shortest of them all but it feels like the longest as winter drags on. That makes it all the more important to find moments of celebration. Fortunately, moments of celebration are not hard to come by when your days are spent helping people break out of old patterns and build new futures. Remember the “Groundhog Day” movie with Bill Murray? He was doomed to repeat the same day and the same results over and over. Finally, with help, he learned important truths about himself, changed some behaviours and attitudes, and broke free of the grip of failure. Our goal is to assist our clients, and indeed, ourselves, to break out of unhelpful patterns and build positive new ones. This will free us to move on toward success. Success may be employment. It may be retraining. It may be advancement within an organization. Or it may be simply overcoming a pattern or routine which has been holding someone back. These are the successes we celebrate, the successes that keep us going forward, and the successes we are so pleased to share occasionally through these newsletters. We invite you to join us in this celebration as we share of few of these stories here! - Jerry Colwell, Director Client Services Hired News | Issue 5 | page 1
OPENING LATE SPRING 2017...
BY THE NUMBERS...
Let's take a closer look at what happened in January!
CREATING NEW PATTERNS
It is a place where woodworkers can experiment, learn new techniques and start a business. A space where Do it Yourselfers can work on a project for their home, and community groups can build garden boxes! A first for London, the Woodshop will offer workshops led by local artisans. Contact Sarah to get involved, 519667-7795!
Different caseworkers referred the clients hired this month
$1949.00 = $14.10
Average new monthly income of these 27 people
Average hourly wage of these 27 people
Clients presently participating in one of our 4 skills courses
A SINGLE FATHER. A FRESH START HOW BLAKE GOT ONTO THE RIGHT PATH!
Blake woke up one day wanting to make a change - today he is working full time and planning a great future! I am a single father, so I always put my son before myself. That meant I could only work during school hours so that I could take care of him. I found myself doing jobs that I had very little passion for. I woke up one day and wanted a fresh start, so I moved to London and started looking at schools to better myself in something I enjoy doing. I found out about Pathways through my girlfriend, and after attending all of the workshops, I registered for the CTT (Construction Technology Training) Program. I have been working in construction for a long time, but I needed proof of my knowledge. I enjoyed the course and found it very helpful. For me the most interesting thing was learning all about codes and blueprint reading. Now nothing can stand in my way of bettering my skills and future. Today I work full time at McKenzie Homes. What does this job mean to my family? It means that I am able to support my family and plan a great future.
My Takeaway: If I could talk to someone who is in the same position I was, I would say "take the step and come into Pathways. They were accommodating and very helpful. They helped me get on the right path."
SECURING EMPLOYMENT IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TODAY Today, more and more there is a need for workers in the construction industry to hold certificates from registered organizations showing that they have safe workplace training. Many people, like Blake, have years of experience in the industry, but no longer have the required certifications to qualify them for entry level positions.
In the Construction Technology Training program all graduates receive the certifications needed to safely work on a jobs site, including: Working at Heights, First Aid and CPR WHMIS (2015/1988) in Construction Heat Stress and Safelift Awareness Safe Table Saw and Skill Saw Operation Worker Health and Safety Awareness
HIRED NEWS FEATURE
FINDING PURPOSE - AND SUPPORT Today Sean has been employed for 6 years at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, but 10 years ago Sean's wife had just passed away, and as a single father of two boys he couldn't find secure work...
SEAN Graduate, Construction Technology Training Program CURRENT ROLE Full-time Customer Service Clerk, Habitat for Humanity ReStore
l l i Iw Over ten years ago I found myself a single father of two boys. I didn’t really have the money for a babysitter or childcare, so I wasn't able to do very much before or after school. But as my boys got older I started looking for work, and as time passed it became harder and harder because I had been out of the workforce for so long - nobody wanted to hire me. Wanting to work, being able to work, and not finding anything, I felt frustrated and defeated. I heard about Pathways through my OW worker and decided to give it a try. For the next few years I was with Pathways on and off, and then things started to turn around.
I registered for the CTT program and loved it. It was hands-on training in something I like to do, building and renovating. Before the course my expertise was mainly in renovating and building kitchens, but that 8 weeks expanded my skills into other areas, including plumbing and electrical. During the CTT course I first met Bob, an Employment Placement Specialist. Bob was with me each step of the way. He is a big influence on me. When I needed to talk he was always there. About 10 years ago my wife passed away and Bob came to the funeral. That meant a lot.
Today, my life is night and day from when I first walked into Pathways. It feels like I have a purpose. Money is not as much of a struggle now. I have been employed as a full times sales clerk at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore for 6 years, and Bob still comes into the store to visit every now and then.
"Today my life is night and day from when I walked into Pathways - It feels like I have a purpose”
Thank you Bob...
"... they didn't give up on me, and loyalty means a lot to me"
I owe all of this, all of what I have now to Pathways and to Bob. That is how I look at it. I praise everything that I have learned. Because for me, it’s like they didn’t give up on me, and loyalty means a lot to me.
My Advice My advice to someone in the same situation today," do the work". If you want to work, you’ll do everything you need to do to get to work. Don’t just expect other people to give something to you – you have to work for it. There were a couple times where I wasn’t doing what I needed to do because I didn’t feel like doing it. But in those moments Bob called me on it. Now, looking back on it, I know that they have heard it all. So my advice is just go in and do what you need to do, and you will be happier for it in the end.
My Takeaway: Music When I'm not at the ReStore my passion is music. I play bass in a metal band called Thumb Knuckle and listen to everything from classical music to heavy metal. Music has helped me to get through some of the darkest moments in my life. I'd encourage you to find your creative outlet!
Reflecting on 10 years... "What has stayed with me about Sean is his gratefulness. When he faced a difficult time he always reached out to us for help and advice. His perseverance has truly paid off in his personal life and working life." - Bob
UPCOMING SKILLS COURSES
SKILLS TRAINING AT PATHWAYS
SKILLS COURSES MARCH 2017 SEATS STILL AVAILABLE!
4 PROGRAMS Light Industrial Training: 8 weeks
LIGHT INDUSTRIAL TRAINING MARCH 20, 2017
Participants learn the essential skills and gain the certifications needed to succeed in the warehouse and manufacturing industry.
PROPERTY MAINTENANCE TRAINING MARCH 27, 2017
Administrative and Clerical Training: Graduates receive the certifications essential to attaining employment and working safely in the warehouse and : 1 week
ADMINISTRATIVE & CLERICAL TRAINING APRIL 3, 2017 CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY TRAINING APRIL 17 , 2017
SKILLS TO WORK: CONNECT. TRAIN. GET HIRED. MEET OUR NEWEST TEAM MEMBERS We are thrilled to welcome a number of new team members to the Pathways family! With exciting programs taking shape in 2017, we are certain that Jenn, Eman and Natalie will help many Londoners find their path to overcoming barriers and gaining meaningful employment.
Eman El Halies
Administrative & Clerical Training Facilitator
OW Administrative Assistant
Outreach Coordinator, Skills to Work Program
Previously our OW assistant, Jenn is excited about transition into her new role in the classroom!
Eman is a graduate of the ACT program. She went on to study at Fanshawe , and is looking forward to connecting with you!
Natalie, is taking the helm of Skills to Work outreach! This program will provide training for newcomers who can't access traditional funding.