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3 Signs A Career in Healthcare Might Be Right For You

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Do you consider yourself to be a compassionate person? Do you long for a career where you can make difference in the lives of others? Do you seek financial stability?

If you answered yes to any of the above, it might be time to consider a career in healthcare. Below are three signs that this training path is right for you.

1. You have a desire to help people.

Every day, healthcare support workers make a difference in the lives of their patients. Whether they are providing personal care to a patient or coordinating services at a hospital or clinic, healthcare workers play a critical role in keeping Canadians healthier and happier.

2. You’re ready & willing to learn new technical skills.

Becoming a medical office assistant, health unit coordinator, or health care aide requires learning specific technical skills. You will need to become familiar with a range of medical terms as well as new computer software.

Our healthcare students complete challenging courses such as:

  • Anatomy and physiology,
  • Medical terminology,
  • Clinical procedures, and
  • EHR, billing and coding.

AOLCC lets students complete coursework at their own pace, and offers continuous one-on-one support from friendly instructors. So, as long as you’re ready and willing to learn, you’ll have no trouble at all developing the technical skills you need to succeed in healthcare.

3. You seek an in-demand career with financial stability.

An expanding healthcare sector across Canada has created increased demand for skilled, trained personnel. Studies by the Government of Canada’s Job Bank say employment outlook is promising for the following reasons:

  • employment growth in Canada’s healthcare sector,
  • a projected rise of retirements, and
  • an aging population.

Ready to take the next step and start your healthcare training? See our Health Care Related programs list: http://aolmississauga.com/our-services/health-care/

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5 Careers You Can Pursue With A Business Administration Diploma

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A business administration diploma can open the door to a huge variety of career possibilities! Careers in accounting and finance, marketing, production, operations, human resources, and general administration are typically available to graduates who possess the proper combination of business skills, experience, personal ability, and aptitude.

Here are 5 examples of careers that you can pursue with a business administration diploma. (Source: Jobbank.ca)

1. Sales Administrator

Sales administrators and sales managers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the activities of establishments and departments involved in commercial, industrial, institutional, e-business and wholesale and retail sales.

On average, Sales Administrators in Canada make $41.54 per hour.

Job duties include:

  • Plan direct and evaluate the activities of sales departments in commercial, industrial, wholesale and retail and other establishments
  • Establish organizational policies and procedures in relation to sales
  • Lead sales team in building relationships with business clients and manage negotiations of sales contracts
  • Recruit, organize, train and manage staff
  • May work with the marketing department to understand and communicate marketing messages to the field.

2. Financial Auditors and Accountants

Financial auditors and accountants examine and analyze the accounting and financial records of individuals and establishments to ensure accuracy and compliance with established accounting standards and procedures. Accountants plan, organize and administer accounting systems for individuals and establishments.

On average, financial auditors and accountants in Canada make $32.82 per hour.

Job duties include:

  • Prepare detailed reports on audit findings and make recommendations to improve individual or establishment’s accounting and management practices
  • Conduct field audits of businesses to ensure compliance with provisions of the Income Tax Act, Canadian Business Corporations Act or other statutory requirements
  • Plan, set up and administer accounting systems and prepare financial information for individuals, departments within organizations, businesses and other establishments
  • Analyze financial statements and reports and provide financial, business and tax advice

3. Advertising, Marketing, or Public Relations Manager

Advertising, marketing and public relations managers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the activities of establishments and departments involved in commercial, industrial and e-business advertising, marketing and public relations. They are employed by commercial and industrial establishments, government departments, and advertising, marketing and public relations firms or consulting businesses.

On average, Advertising, Marketing, or Public Relations Manager in Canada make $39.90 per hour.

Job duties include:

  • Advertising managers plan, direct and evaluate the activities of firms and departments that develop and implement advertising campaigns to promote the sales of products and services.
  • Marketing managers establish distribution networks for products and services, initiate market research studies and analyze their findings, assist in product development, and direct and evaluate the marketing strategies of establishments.
  • Public relations managers direct and evaluate establishments and departments that develop and implement communication strategies and information programs, publicize activities and events, and maintain media relations on behalf of businesses, governments and other organizations.
  • E-business managers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the design, development and maintenance of Internet and Intranet sites to manage an organization’s Internet presence including public relations, communications and commercial activities.

4. Human Resources Generalist

Human resources professionals develop, implement and evaluate human resources and labour relations policies, programs and procedures and advise managers and employers on human resources matters. Human resources professionals are employed throughout the private and public sectors, or they may be self-employed.

On average, Human Resources Generalists in Canada make $35.38 per hour.

Job duties include:

  • Plan, develop, implement and evaluate human resources and labour relations strategies including policies, programs and procedures to address an organization’s human resource requirements
  • Plan and administer staffing, total compensation, training and career development, employee assistance, employment equity and affirmative action programs
  • Hire and oversee training of staff
  • Research employee benefit and health and safety practices and recommend changes or modifications to existing policies.

5. Office Manager

Administrative officers oversee and implement administrative procedures, establish work priorities, conduct analyses of administrative operations and co-ordinate acquisition of administrative services such as office space, supplies and security services. They are employed throughout the private and public sectors. Administrative officers who are supervisors are included in this group.

On average, Office Managers and Administrative Officers in Canada make $24.00 per hour.

Job duties include:

  • Oversee and co-ordinate office administrative procedures and review, evaluate and implement new procedures
  • Establish work priorities, delegate work to office support staff, and ensure deadlines are met and procedures are followed
  • Administer policies and procedures related to the release of records in processing requests under government access to information and privacy legislation
  • Co-ordinate and plan for office services, such as accommodation, relocations, equipment, supplies, forms, disposal of assets, parking, maintenance and security services

Ready for a career in business?

Our Business Administration program exposes students to a vast array of business knowledge, management and administration skills, and practical tools that will assist them in addressing situations that arise within a business-related career. See program information.

We are accepting students for our Business Administration Program. Call us today at 905-273-6788. Your career awaits!

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Community Service Worker Diploma helps Lara kick start her new life

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After being trapped in an abusive marriage for 16 years and imprisoned in her home surrounded by 14-acres of land, there’s no denying Lara Niessen is an Academy of Learning Career College graduate with a story to tell. In 2017, 47-year-old Lara and her four children escaped their abusive past with nothing but backpacks and the determination to start afresh. 

Fast forward just a few short years and Lara has completed her Community Service Worker Diploma and recently found a job as a community support worker, helping people who suffer from mental health issues. This is a stark contrast to her previous life as a secretary for her now ex-husband, who ran a business from the home in which she was trapped. Here she developed selling and admin skills but at the same time was denied leaving the house for fresh air for months at a time.

“I knew I needed to get out, not just for me but for my children. We were all being abused. My kids still suffer from PTSD after what happened to us. My daughter was so traumatized after the escape that she would scream for hours at a time – it was heart-breaking. 

“Once we were free, we found refuge in a basement suite which, as you can imagine, was a bit cramped. Luckily, we have now moved into a place just a street over which has three bedrooms. A year after our escape, welfare wanted me to get back into work. I was reluctant because I needed to look after my children well and expected I would only get a low-paid job with my existing qualifications. So, I applied for income assistance in the Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers (PPMB) category, which gave me a two-year window before being required to start work. It was at this time that I found Academy of Learning Career College in Abbotsford.” 

Lara was welcomed by the Academy of Learning staff and after she had expressed a desire to learn to access a career, the team helped her to make the right decisions for her future.

“The team was so welcoming and encouraging. I explained my story to them, and they couldn’t have been more helpful when choosing a programme of study. I had set my mind on working with the homeless and people with mental health issues, so the Community Service Worker Diploma was the one for me. Initially, I struggled to find funding to take the course, but the Academy of Learning team helped me approach the Opportunities Fund, which granted the support I needed to take my diploma. 

“Because of the pandemic, I was able to study online from home. I studied for up to six hours a day whilst I cared for my daughter. The fact that Academy of Learning offers such a flexible schedule for study was a huge benefit for me. Having the ability to work from home allowed me to reassure my family that I was there for them. I don’t know if I’d have been able to complete the diploma without that.”

As well as Academy of Learning’s flexibility on where students choose to work through their course, you also receive help from a learning coach. The learning coach’s job is to provide students with extra help when they need it. It doesn’t matter if a student chooses to learn on campus or from the comfort of their home; a learning coach will be on hand whenever they are needed.

“My learning coach was always available to help me with technical issues or when I was stressed and needed an extra bit of a push. All the Academy staff had a caring and warm attitude, taking into account my personal circumstances.

“I have always risen to a challenge. I never wanted to rely on welfare, so moving forward was my only option. My message to people looking to start a new life is that no matter what you’ve been through, you can always change your life for the better. Today is a new day, and you can do something you have never done before. My experience with Academy of Learning has changed my life, given me a new direction and boosted my confidence. Remember, we only get one life, so make the most of it.”

If you’re interested in developing yourself personally or professionally in a supportive and flexible learning environment, get in contact with with us. We are accepting students for our Community Service Worker Program. http://aolmississauga.com/our-services/community-service-worker/. Call us at 905-273-6788 or Email sunita@aolmississauga.com

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Why upskilling can help you progress in your career

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Why upskilling can help you progress in your career

COVID-19 has brought an unease across workforces not just in Canada but all over the world. If your plans were to secure a promotion in 2020 and now it’s just to maintain your role as job uncertainty looms, you may be looking for ways to show your value to your employer. Or you may have found yourself in the unlucky position of unemployment and are not quite sure where to go from here. If you commit to investing in yourself with a program of upskilling, you’ll be seen in a positive light by employers.

It’s commonly acknowledged that a higher percentage of people who are employed in managerial, professional and associate professional occupations have participated in formal training, compared to people who are employed in intermediate, routine and manual occupations. While this may sound obvious, it does prove that if you want to climb the career ladder, upskilling will place you in a stronger position. So, how do you decide what development path to take? The first thing you need to understand is what employers want from their employees. 

Here are our top tips for helping you to choose your development route…

1. Know what is in demand

This is incredibly important when choosing a training path that will help you progress in your career. For example, if you are looking to go into a role where you are expected to have exceptional office and secretarial skills, there wouldn’t be much call for you to take a marketing program. 

You may consider one of the most popular programs that has applicability in many career areas: the Business Administration Diploma. It focuses on a job-related skills that may be applied to a wide variety of career paths, including skills with the Microsoft Office suite. Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel are commonly used across a variety of roles with employers often requiring a proficient or better level from job applicants. For those looking for a boost in their career, a slick presentation on PowerPoint may make the difference in communicating your brilliant ideas, while basic numerical analysis via Excel can evidence your strategic skills. But seeing as our readers have many career aspirations, let’s look at some of the main skills employers will be looking for. 

LinkedIn is used for professionals to network and is one of the only social media platforms dedicated to business-to-business communication. On LinkedIn, the top 10 most in-demand skills of 2020 are: 

  1. blockchain
  2. cloud computing
  3. analytical reasoning
  4. artificial intelligence
  5. UX design
  6. business analysis
  7. affiliate marketing 
  8. sales
  9. scientific computing
  10. video production1.

With 722 million members using LinkedIn this list gives a very good gauge on what skills are likely to help you to progress up the career ladder. So, what training can you access to enhance some of the skills in this top ten list?

2. Find the right program

Getting started is the hardest part of any education journey, so finding a program that suits you is vital. Many people won’t have studied since school and there is a plethora of courses on offer out there which can make things daunting. We recommend talking through some options with an experienced advisor. They can help you navigate your options and select the best program for you based on your needs.

Whether you are already employed full-time or juggling commitments at home, your time is often limited, so what factors will give you the best chance of success? Ask about flexible study options to accommodate your life and see if study locations are close by to reduce commuting time. 

3. Find the right support

Are you the type of person who is very self-motivated or do you need the odd push to keep going? Be truthful with yourself and choose training delivered by someone that gives you the level of support you need to take your study through to completion. Even those with excellent self-study skills may need face-to-face guidance when reaching a roadblock. Some people simply work more effectively in teams so even being able to link up in a virtual environment to share ideas is important if classrooms are temporarily closed. For example, at Academy of Learning Career College we assign a learning coach who is available to support every student throughout their time with us. 

If you’ve been working from home, you’ll have felt the distractions of emptying the washing machine or keeping the TV on for the kids. Having the option to study on campus, as well as online, means you can remove yourself from your daily stress, get your head down and work through your course alongside like-minded people. It’s no surprise that when you surround yourself with people with similar goals and motivations, you’re more likely to succeed in your study and career ambitions. 

4. Concentrate on you

Whether you just want to stand out at work or feel more confident in general, career training can help you achieve this. The key thing to understand is that learning is a lifelong endeavour. An employer will notice your efforts and will appreciate your productivity and quality levels rising. Being able to complete your work to a higher standard will also translate to feeling happier in your role. Happiness in work is important because the better you feel, the better you’ll do in a job. Out of 1,001 Canadians and 1,000 Americans surveyed, 37 percent said they were either actively or casually looking for a new job, and 36 percent say they’d consider a new position if recruited2. With these statistics highlighting the problem of people being unhappy in their current roles at work, putting yourself in a position that will make you feel happier and, ultimately, perform better is crucial to standing out in the crowd. 

5. Tackle those inner demons

A large number of people feel what is known as ‘imposter syndrome’ when at work. Imposter syndrome is the feeling of persistent inadequacy. These people suffer from chronic self-doubt and a lack of intellectual capacity. According to The Imposter Phenomenon, an estimated 70% of the population has experienced imposter syndrome at some point in their career3. The best way to fix this is to target what frustrates you every day and work at it. If you struggle with using a certain kind of Microsoft Office program, for example, you can take a simple course and prove yourself entirely capable. 

Final Thoughts

It’s a common misconception that if you’re set on a career path you don’t need to upskill, but the world of work and all its innovations never stands still, and neither should your learning and development. Not only does becoming more skilled in your career help you work to a better standard, improve your confidence and affect your feelings of satisfaction, it also makes you stand out from the crowd. Some people fear going back into education, reminiscing about the difficulties at high school or college but adult education can be very different. Taking a course can be affordable, flexible and will get you interacting with like-minded people. Technology and jobs are constantly evolving, so you must invest in yourself and evolve too.

1LinkedIn.com, 2019, New LinkedIn Research: Upskill your employees with the skills companies need most in 2020

2Nielsen, Dec 2018, Pulse of Talent report3The Journal of Behavioral Science, 2011, The Imposter Phenomenon

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Web Designer Program At Academy of Learning Mississauga Campus

Is this for you?

If you’re a creative person with an eye for design and a passion for technology, our Web Design Program is a great choice. The world of digital offers enormous opportunities as businesses continue to embrace the wealth of new technology available to them. This role will allow you to not only express your creative side; but also enable you to gain the technical knowledge that is required to make things happen online. With our Web Diploma program, your skills will be increasingly in demand as the world of new technology continues to grow.

Course Overview

Our Web Designer program provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to build a web design foundation, learn industry-standard software programs, and produce a well-rounded and exciting portfolio. Students learn how to plan and design compelling and interactive websites and learn to use industry-related programs, such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and Animate, for website designs.

Students will also explore HTML and CSS for web publishing alongside essential topics, such as accessibility standards, color, typography, and composition, as well as dig into PHP and WordPress development. Web Design graduates develop a professional design process for building a website from concept to launch.

Career Opportunities

Recent studies indicate that strong growth in web design jobs, particularly in the consulting sector, is expected over the next few years. Career opportunities that will allow students to communicate and captivate with the skills learned in this program include:

  • Web Designer
  • Internet Site Designer
  • Website Developer
  • Intranet Site Designer

Admission Requirements

Grade 12 or equivalent or Mature Student Status.

Courses are open to any applicant who possesses a good command of the English language and is able to follow instructions.

An admissions interview will be administered to determine if the applicant has the required interest, motivation, and entry-level skills to take this program.

Full-time students must attend the required hours per week as per the course schedule and may do so at times convenient to them.

We are accepting students for our 49-week Web Designer Diploma Program! Call us today at 905-273-6788. Your career awaits!

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A Day in The Life of a Personal Support Worker (PSW)

Personal support workers are devoted to help vulnerable members of their communities thrive. If you want to make a real difference in the lives of others, a career in personal support work might be a great fit for you. Every single day, you’ll be making a meaningful difference in the lives of people who need you most.

On June 19th, 2015, SEIU Healthcare invited Ottawa’s three main political leaders to “walk-a-day” in the shoes of a healthcare worker. Mr. Trudeau accepted the invitation. SEIU Healthcare asked Justin Trudeau, MP and Liberal Leader at the time, to join Emily, a Toronto personal support worker (PSW), on a regular homecare visit with her elderly client, Antonietta.

It was a great experience to show a politician how to do the hands-on work of a PSW,” said Emily, who has worked in homecare for about 9 years. “I really think it opened his eyes to the reality of the work when he saw how much Antonietta needed our help and how grateful she was for the quality care she receives.” The career of a Personal Support Worker is very rewarding but at the same time is quite challenging as well. Now, let’s take a closer look of a day in the life of a Personal Support Worker.

An Early Morning Starts

A PSW’s work usually starts around 7 in the morning, whether you work at a nursing home, a hospital, or a client’s house. Mornings could be the busiest time of the day for PSWs since they are responsible for taking clients to the bathroom, assisting with teeth/denture-cleaning, helping clients get dressed, making the bed, and providing any other support a client may need, like administering meals or morning medication.
Some clients may require help with feeding themselves. Once their breakfast is made (or served), as a PSW, you may need to help them put sugar or milk in their tea, spread butter on their toast, feed cereal into their mouth, and help keep them clean during the meal.

Customized Personal Care Throughout the Day

It’s important to note that every client has a specific diet that is extremely important to adhere to. For example, you may tend to someone who is diabetic or hypoglycaemic. After all, there will be individuals who require a different routine than what most of your clients have.

After breakfast and morning medication, you may lead the clients to some society activities such as reading books, playing games, shopping, hanging out with friends, or you may need to give your clients a bath. Showers are normally done after breakfast, as there is not enough time to properly do the task beforehand. Occasionally, if a client persistently refuses to be cleaned, make sure you document the incident in your daily report.

As an PSW, you are your client’s eyes, nose, ears, and any other sense that they may not be capable of using. If the client shows any unusual or uncomfortable symptoms during your day of work, you must know how to deal with it in order to make them at ease. Meal and medication intake, as well as bowel or spew movements must be recorded, as these are essential documentations for monitoring your client’s health condition.

Second or Third Meal Preparation

Lunch is the second meal that you will take part in during your workday; you may or may not be responsible for the preparation of a third meal depending on the length of your workday. Again, you always have to take into account your resident’s diet when preparing meals. Some people have allergies, particular dietary preferences, or strict religious diet requirements.

Most clients have a toileting schedule, so changing your clients will generally occur during your day, especially after meals. As a PSW, everyday is a different workday, incidents or special treatments could happen depending on the condition of the client.

Leaving Each Client in Excellent Condition

As a Personal support worker, you help not only individual clients in need, but their families as well. Visits from a PSW improves the day of each client, giving those clients’ families and friends much needed peace of mind.

Last but not least, before you leave, a report that documents the client’s activity must be submitted. Anything that happened throughout the day – if your client was behaving abnormally, experienced any discomfort, or showed an incredible improvement – must be documented and shared with your organization.

We attribute the growth in our success to identifying the gap between the formal education available and the realities of the working world. We fulfill the needs of learners by developing customized programs for each student, while meeting the requirements for convenient and effective training at an affordable cost.

We are accepting students now for our Personal Support Worker (PSW) program. Call us today at 905-273-6788

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INTEGRATED LEARNING™ SYSTEM – Brings our students the best Remote learning experience

For more than 30 years with over 50 Academy of Learning® College campuses, Academy of Learning Career College continues to meet adult learners’ changing needs by leveraging technology to offer an innovative method of learning – virtual learning. Students have the opportunity to learn and participate in a Virtual Classroom and participate in a live session with their instructor every day. Students also master the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their future careers through online digital media, textbooks, and software programs. A community of like-minded learners who are also changing their lives is just a click away!

In more recent years, Academy of Learning® Career College adopted “e-learning” technology as an extension of the Integrated Learning™ System. Students complete course materials presented within a comprehensive Academy Online system. This system incorporates online presentations, tutorials and media that combine with access to instructional materials, simulated labs, exercises, as well as quizzes, review questions, or pre- and post-tests. In this delivery method, students are supported by a qualified Online Instructor or an on-site qualified campus Facilitator.

HOW DOES IT WORKS

Course materials and instructions provide an all encompassing learning experience using multi-sensory learning styles and preferences through student workbooks, media presentations, and hands-on exercises. These learning styles are supported by an on-site qualified college facilitator. This learning style also applies to Academy of Learning’s Online ILS Hybrid cours

ENHANCED INDIVIDUAL LEARNING

An Integrated Learning System that focuses on each person’s unique learning experience. Unlike other learning systems, ILS recognizes that every learner is unique and meets them exactly where they are. ILS draws on learners’ individual strengths and helps auditory, visual, read/write, and kinesthetic learners master the essential knowledge and skills they need to be job-ready.

TAILORED FOR LEARNING SUCCESS

ILS uses a competency-based, building block approach, steadily increasing learners’ skills and presenting them with opportunities to apply what they’ve learned in authentic situations. Viewing, reading, listening, and hands-on tasks combined with personalized, one-on-one support from a qualified facilitator is our recipe for success.

Contact Academy of Learning College Mississauga Campus today for more information and find out if a career as an Immigration Consultant is right for you.

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Do you like helping people? Consider being a Community Services Worker!

What is Community Services Worker?

Community Services Workers are also known as Social Services Workers or Human Services Workers; they administrate numerous types of social assistance programs and community services to help people deal with personal or social difficulties. Community Services Workers work in a variety of professional areas, ranging from child and youth service, rehabilitation, veteran service, addiction service, to senior care, personal care, and other social works. It is their responsibility to provide care, support and counselling for individuals dealing with issues such as addiction, substance abuse, human relationships and rehabilitation.

Most Community Services Workers are employed by social service and government agencies, mental health agencies, group homes, shelters, substance abuse centers, school boards, correctional facilities, or other organizations with a focus on community outreach and personal care. Their responsibility may be associated with one single client or a community group depending on the type of services required. Most of Community Services Workers’ duties are conducted in an office environment, with possible involvement of home support under housing programs supported by local government or group homes.

What does Community Services Worker do?

According to Service Canada and National Household Survey data, in 2011 approximately 58% of community and social service workers worked in the health care and social assistance sector. About 15% worked in public administration, primarily as income security program administrators, mainly in the provincial civil service, but also in municipal government. Another 14% worked in associations, especially civil and social organizations (8%).

As a Community Services Worker, it is your duty to arrange face-to-face appointments for individuals or group gatherings for communities; you need to provide professional counseling for clients who need advice or guidance in dealing with psychological, biological, or behavioral issues. In addition, providing emotional support for clients is another essential part of this role. Even though Community Services Workers operate during standard business hours, they are also required to take on the responsibility of emotional support during weekends and after-hours when needed. Being a Community Services Worker, no only do you help others improve their lives, you also make a crucial impact on their lives and eventually become a part of their lives.

How to become a Community Services Worker

In order to become A qualified Community Services Worker, you need to obtain knowledge of the basic social work practices and social services; you need to have the ability to understand and accept the needs and rights of others and to work with a wide range of service recipients; you need to have the ability to express ideas effectively; you also need great communication and interpersonal skills to maintain a supportive social service relationship with your clients.

Generally, you need a diploma in social service work, special care counselling or correctional intervention to become a Community Service Worker. Previous experiences in the social services sector as a volunteer or a former service recipient may also help increase you chance of future employment.

How much does a Community Services Worker make?

According to PayScale Canada, A Community Services Worker earns an average wage of C$16.90 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field. Pay for this job does not change too much by experience, and skills in Counseling are associated with high pay for this job. The national average salary of Community Services Workers in Canada ranges from $27,389 to $46.414 per year, with extra overtime pay from $13.94/hr to $34,93/hr.

The job outlook for Community Service Workers

According to Service Canada, over the past few years, the number of Community and Social Services Workers has risen very sharply, resulting from the large increase in social service needs. Associated with this growth, more and more communities and organizations are actively looking for Community Services Workers to fulfill their clients’ needs. Since the community network is now well established and the number of income security claimants should continue, the number of Community and Social Services Workers is expected to grow sharply over the next few years, but at a more moderate pace than before.

At our college, a well-trained Community Service Worker (CSW) is equipped with a flexible, adaptable career path. Our CSW program provides students with the base knowledge, skills, and work experience to become permanently employable in a CSW setting. As the largest career college in Canada, Academy of Learning has been changing lives since 1987. Browse our program listing by province and discover the best Community Services Program for you!

Our college is now accepting students for Community Service Worker Diploma Program.See full program information here. Call us today at 905-273-6788

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Personal Support Worker Return of Service (PSW ROS) Initiative

Personal Support Workers (PSWs) jobs are high demand in Ontario and many parts of Canada. If you’re looking for a stable health care career, our Personal Support Worker s(PSWs) Program is an excellent choice to start your health care career. Our aging population is expected to continue creating jobs for PSWs well into the future.

Currently, there is an urgent need for Personal Support Worker s(PSWs) across the healthcare system to increase front-line workforce capacity in response to COVID-19 in Canada. To attract newly graduated Personal Support Workers to work in Long-Term Care homes and Home and Community Care agencies in greatest need across Ontario, this initiative provides a $5,000 incentive to support hiring recent PSW graduates in exchange for a six-month commitment to an eligible employer.

PSWs who have graduated from their Personal Support Worker s(PSWs) Ontario PSW training program* on or after April 1, 2020 are eligible to apply for approved opportunities via HFOJobs.ca.

*For eligibility purposes, completed PSW training programs must meet the 2014 program standard established by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Search for Eligible opportunities here.

This is a free government-funded job board and registration takes less than one-minute. Postings will continue to be added to HFOJobs.ca. Create a job alert to receive an email notification when new postings are added.


Each employer will recruit using their standard recruitment process, and priority will be given to PSWs not currently employed in a PSW role providing patient care. It is the responsibility of the employer to submit a request for funding to Ontario Health on behalf of eligible PSWs.

To be eligible for this incentive, you must start a six-month commitment with an eligible employer no later than January 15, 2021. Priority approval will be given to applicants who start as soon as possible.

Learn more about the PSW ROS at www.healthforceontario.ca/pswros.

To know more about our Personal Support Worker s(PSWs) Program, Click here. If you have any questions about our PSWS Program, please call us at 905-273-6788 or Email sunita@aolmississauga.com

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Student Referral Program – Start Referring Today

Do you know that over 30% students learn about our college through a student referral? It’s true! We encourage you to invite more students to our college who would benefit from our life-changing educational courses. Meanwhile, you can benefit from the referral too. Each time the student you refer enrolls in one of our diploma-level programs, you will receive a referral reward. The award can be as high as $1,700 per month or even more! We will also offer the referred student a laptop as enrollment gift.

About the Program

Duration: Ongoing

Eligible Courses for Referral:
Only Diploma-level Courses

Award Amount:
$200 for the first referral, $300 for the second, $400 for the third and onward.

*Gift for Referred Student:

Each referred student who enroll between Oct 20th and Nov 30th, 2020 will get a laptop for virtual learning as their enrollment gift.

Example of the Award Amount:

1 friend referred: $200

3 friends referred: $200 + $300 + $400 = $900

5 friends referred: $200+ $300+ $400 +$400 + $400 = 1,700

8 friends referred: $200+ $300+ $400 +$400 + $400 + $400 +$400 + $400  = $2900

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. Is this Referral Program valid across all the Academy of Learning Campuses?

A: No, this program is designed and executed by Mississauga and Brampton West Campus.

Q2. Is there an upper limit for the Award Amount?

A: No, there is no upper limit for the amount of award. The more students you refer to us, the more award you will get.

Q3. Do I have to be a current or past student to participate in this program?

A: No, anyone is welcome to participate. You do not have to be a current or past student.

Q4. How will the Referral Award be paid?

A: It will be paid to you by cheque after the referred person enrolls in one of our diploma courses.

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If you have any questions about our Referral Program, please call us at 905-273-6788 or Email sunita@aolmississauga.com

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