Employment Training & Support
Employment Programming for Youth and Adults through MCCSS
Through the funding of the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, Aptus received strategic planning from the Ontario Disability Employment Network to develop its employment services. This culminated in Aptus' launching of Employment Now! which offers employment readiness and job acquisition/retention supports for youth and adults who have developmental disabilities. Aptus staff offer adapted versions of job readiness programs developed by EARN Ontario and Community Living Sarnia. The Ministry also funded Aptus' founding of dependABLE labour, Aptus' initiative to support employers in learning about and hiring people with disabilities. Key employer partners include Pizza Nova (pictured at right) and No Frills. Aptus also founded and co-leads the Supported Employment Alliance which is a quarterly meeting of over 25 organizations supporting people who have developmental disabilities in achieving their goal of employment. Aptus thanks the Ministry for its funding of this valuable program.
Photo (left to right): Celebrating a successful employee and strong employer partner -- Queba Nongmiseh, Aptus Team Manager; Domenic Primucci, President of Pizza Nova, Branko Petkovic, Aptus job seeker now employed at Pizza Nova; Todd Smith, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services; James McInnis, General Manager of Pizza Nova Call Centre; and Donald Guse Salah, program creator and Supervisor.
Youth Programming through United Way Partnership
Aptus is proud to be in its second year of partnership with the United Way of Greater Toronto, York & Peel. With this funding, Aptus successfully launched a school-based curriculum and job supports to increase job readiness and employment for youth in Toronto and York region. As part of United Way's Career Navigator program, Aptus is now offering a free 1-year soft skills training and career exploration for youth who identify with disability and/or communication barriers. This initiative includes employer partners and sector-specific training.
In this project, a Youth Supervisor will support youth in accessing:
• Soft skills training (useful for all jobs)
• Cleaning skills training (an example of sector-specific training)
• Part-time to Full-time employment (based on youth interest and ability)
The Youth Supervisor will support youth in staying employed and learning about other support they may need:
• Financial support
• Mental health counseling
To learn more, review the infosheet and application. Contact Donald Guse Salah with questions or to submit your application (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Want to Get Involved?
Aptus welcomes your support:
• Job shadow opportunities
• Career coach volunteers
• Skills-learning opportunities
• Info about job fairs or career networking
• Employment opportunities
• Other ideas