PHASE 1:  

Employment Skills Training (6 weeks): Monday to Friday 8:30am-4:00pm

This is a 6-week IN CLASS development and training session.

During this phase, trainees will participate in workshops and individual counselling that promotes personal and professional growth.

The 4 pillars of the program are: Accountability, Self-Awareness, Communication and Life Skills.


Personal accountability is not a trait that people are born with.  It is a way of living that is learned and is not easy to change. This as a core value of this process and we commit to walking beside you.

Some of the ways trainees will learn to be personally accountable are:


Self-awareness plays a critical role in how we understand ourselves and how we relate to other people.

Some of the ways trainees will learn to become self-aware are:


Have you ever noticed that sometimes when you say one thing the other person hears something else? This can result in misunderstandings, frustration, and even conflict. Effective communication is a learned skill.  Learning good communication skills helps us to avoid problems in our personal and professional lives.

Some of the ways trainees will learn to develop communication skills are:

Life Skills:

Some of the workshops covered are:

Certification Training:



Internal Job Placement (10 weeks):  Monday to Friday 8am-3:30pm

Ray of Hope Community Centre: In this position, trainees will work in a commercial kitchen environment helping to prepare the meals in large quantities for our Community Centre guests. Trainees will be part of a team that will:



External Job Placement (10 weeks): Schedule determined by Employer

External placements vary depending on the Employer’s needs. Flexibility is required.  You may be asked to work days, afternoons, evenings and/or weekends.

Our goal is to provide trainees with a meaningful external job placement that aligns with their current skills, education, experience and interests. Most placements will be entry level positions.


NEW: We have developed a new hybrid model that provides opportunities to move directly from phase 1 to phase 3. This means that the external work placement would then be 20 weeks long. The contract remains 26 weeks long.


Trainees receive: