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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.

Start Referring

Click here to start referring.

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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5 Helpful Tips For Reentering The Workforce After a Long Break

Have you spent the last few years raising a family, serving in the military, or coping with an illness? Whatever your reason for leaving the workforce, it can be challenging and intimidating finding a way back in. Below are tips for reentering the workforce to help you land your next role and get you up to speed as quickly as possible.

1. Do your research.

While you may think “taking just a few years away” isn’t long, the job market can evolve in just a short period of time. It’s important to understand what types of roles companies are looking for, and what skills you’ll need to land those jobs.

2. Update your skills.

If you haven’t kept up with new developments in your field, it’s normal for some of your skills to slip or become outdated. You’ve likely fallen behind the competition, and you’ll need to do some catching-up.

Spend a few hours a day researching the latest trends in your industry by reading books, blogs, videos, articles, and other resources. Also, consider taking a few classes or getting a diploma or certificate. This will help you gain the skills and knowledge specific to the job that you want. Plus, having it on your resume may give you a competitive edge over other applicants.

3. Update your resume.

Your time away might make you feel like you have nothing new to add to your resume, but many times that’s not true. Try to think of any projects, volunteer work, classes, or skills you have developed during your break.

Be upfront with your employment gap, but demonstrate that you’ve dedicated time to improving yourself as a worker and human being. Focus on your skills and successes, and be able to explain how these can relate to the job you’re now applying for.

4. Consider temporary or part-time work.

The reality of reentering the workforce is that you might have to make some compromises, especially in the beginning. Be open to temporary, part-time, project or contract work.

These types of jobs can be a great opportunity to ease into the workforce before taking on a full-time schedule. Temporary positions also allow you to sample different roles and companies, which will help you figure out where you fit best.

5. Be confident.

Getting back into the job search can be nerve-racking! However, it’s important to approach this process with a positive attitude, confidence in yourself, and confidence in your own abilities.

Practice answering common interview questions until it comes naturally. Whenever you get discouraged, remember where your strengths lie: education, experience, soft skills and determination.

With time, patience and perseverance, the right job will come your way.

About Academy of Learning Career College

At Academy of Learning Career College, Canada’s recognized leader in private education, we’re committed to your success. Our programs are designed to help you reach your goals quickly and easily, in a setting that builds confidence and skills.

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3 Signs A Career in Healthcare Might Be Right For You

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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.

At Academy of Learning Career College, 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? Visit our website to explore our healthcare programs and join Canada’s largest career college network.

We are accepting students for our healthcare diploma programs. Call us today at 905-273-6788. Your career awaits!

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How Medical Office Assistant Careers Are Affected by COVID-19

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The moment when you decide to become a medical office assistant is the moment when you decide to join a profession determined to help those in your community. Medical office assistants can be found working in a number of different settings, including mental health facilities, doctor’s offices, hospital admitting departments, research facilities, and more.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on many different healthcare services. Some have already experienced a spike in demand, while other services, like mental health services, are predicted to soon be in increased demand.

Medical office assistants have an important part to play in the fight against COVID-19. How has their work adapted to these new circumstances? Here’s a look at just some of the ways medical office assistant careers have been impacted.

COVID-19 Has Changed the Scheduling of In-Person Visits

In-person visits are an important and necessary part of healthcare. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, some doctor’s appointments such as vaccinations, pre-natal check-ups, and more still need to be conducted in person.

However, this isn’t to say that nothing has changed when it comes to scheduling in-person appointments. Medical office assistants are now making sure to screen patients for COVID-19 symptoms before their check-up. This could be done over the phone, as patients are asked if they have a cough or fever. Important notices about office policies can also be communicated by mass email so that even before booking an appointment, patients know to monitor and report their symptoms.

 Screening patients can help to reduce risk and limit the spread of the virus

Screening patients can help to reduce risk and limit the spread of the virus

Depending on the nature of the appointment, other changes might also be made. Some offices might try scheduling home visits if possible, in order to limit staff exposure. Whether working from home or in the office, one thing is for sure though; professionals with a medical office assistant diploma are working hard to keep services running smoothly.

Professionals with Medical Office Assistant Careers Are Now Scheduling Many Virtual Appointments

If you’re organized, a great communicator, and want to help others, you could be ideally suited to a medical office assistant career. Those qualities will serve you well throughout your career. They’re also qualities that top professionals are using now to provide creative solutions to the challenges brought on by the pandemic. In fact, many appointments are also being done virtually rather than in the office. This is helping to make sure that patients still get the care they need, while also avoiding any unnecessary risk. However, it means that careful communication and a few changes to scheduling need to be made to ensure that everything runs smoothly. For example, medical office assistants might want to make sure that patients have the necessary video conferencing app to conduct their appointment virtually.

Through their hard work, medical office assistants are helping to limit the spread of the virus and make sure that patients can access the healthcare they need. With the help of medical office assistant courses, you can join these dedicated professionals and also make a difference too!

Are you passionate about helping others?

Your career awaits!

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Canadian New Immigrant Webinar : Money Management

As you begin new life in Canada, you’re sure to have many questions about your money, such as banking, filling taxes, insurance, etc. Academy of Learning College Mississauga Campus is presenting a free webinar to connect newcomers with information on Money Management as they settle into their new home.

Starting at 11:00am EST on August 15, this online webinar will guide newcomers through a series of useful tips on money management to help them settle well.

Main highlights:

•Banking- Important information on personal banking

•Building a credit score- why is building a credit score important in Canada and how to build a credit score properly

•Filling for taxes – important information on filling for taxes and how to file taxes each year

•Benefits from Canadian government – a series of benefits immigrants can have from the government and how to apply for benefits

Speakers:

Neeraj Bakshi , Meenakshi Vyas

Date and Time:

11:00 am EST, August 15

Cost:

Free

Contact:

seema@aolmississauga.com
(905) 273-6788

Please purchase ticket here.

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Update on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

“Our goal is to transition everyone on the CERB to Employment Insurance. In the coming weeks, we will create a transitional, parallel benefit that is similar to Employment Insurance.  This benefit will include access to training, and allow you to work more hours and earn more money. There will also be a sickness and caregivers benefit if you’re not covered at work if you get COVID-19, or if your kids or parents get it and you have to take care of them.  We’ll have more details to share in the coming weeks, but here’s the bottom line: we intend to cover every Canadian who is looking for work with a better, 21st century EI system. And there will be no increase to EI premiums during this challenging time.” Updated by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

CERB extended from 16 weeks to 24 weeks for workers who:

  • stopped working due to COVID-19 or
  • are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits or
  • have exhausted their Employment Insurance regular benefits or Employment Insurance fishing benefits between December 29, 2019 and October 3, 2020.

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) gives financial support to employed and self-employed Canadians who are directly affected by COVID-19.

If you are eligible, you can receive $2,000 for a 4-week period (the same as $500 a week).

Contact us about CERB Application

Any questions about CERB application? Please call us at 905-273-6788. We are ready to help you with your application.

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5 Ways to Make the Most of Online Learning in Career College Programs

If you want to get back to school but are worried about managing the commitments you already have on the go, online learning might just be for you. Taking courses online can allow you greater flexibility and room to balance your work and family life with your studies, giving you the convenience to complete coursework from your own home. The online format may take some getting used to, but you’ll be in a great position for success once you get the hang of it!

You might not have originally considered taking online courses the moment when you decided to return to school, but they can absolutely help you build the future you want. Here’s how online learning can boost your educational experience.

Make a Schedule so that You Know What Needs to Get Done When

For any student taking online courses, this format demands greater self-motivation, concentration, and discipline. It also means you’ll need to manage your time extremely well if you want to transform your professional life. To ensure you stay on top of your coursework, try building a study schedule and follow it. Having this kind of structure will make it easier for you to engage with the online learning environment and stay focused.

Set Up a Space in Your Home to Commit to Completing Your Studies

Taking classes online at home while studying at a career college can be convenient, but it can also leave room open for distractions. As such, it’s a great idea for you to have a space in your house set up strictly for your studies during your journey in online learning. Be sure that this space is neat and tidy, and in an area of your home with little to no noise. Designating an area of your home for this purpose will provide an incentive for you to get things done!

Having a dedicated study space can incentive you to get your work done

Having a dedicated study space can incentive you to get your work done

Ask Lots of Questions—Your Instructors Are There to Help!

Connecting with your online instructors during your course will be a big help, as you’ll know where to turn when you need assistance. Be sure to ask plenty of questions! For example, our Integrated Learning System (ILS) helps it stand out among colleges in Ontario by offering students support from a Learning Coaches. With any questions or concerns you may have with your online learning, remember that our learning coaches are there to help!

Minimize Distractions so You Can Finish Tasks Quickly

To maintain momentum during your studies, it’s important to minimize distractions. Letting distractions get the better of you can be a hindrance to both your work ethic and the quality of your assignments. Find ways to structure your study space so that you won’t have other things, like a smartphone, grabbing your attention.

Doing Career College Programs Online Also Means Finding Balance

While it’s a must for students in career college programs to invest their time and energy into their online learning, it’s just as important to avoid burning out. To find a strong balance between your academic life and personal life, set time limits for completing your coursework, and make time for breaks while studying. Step away from your desk for a bit and go for a walk before returning to your studies. You’ll want to succeed with online learning, but you shouldn’t stretch yourself too thin while doing it!

Do you want to use online learning to pursue your passion?

Your career awaits.

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Unemployed? Here Are 6 Things You Should Do.

Being unemployed is one of those things that feels awesome and terrifying at the same time. Awesome because you don’t have to get up early every day and you haven’t had so much free time in ages. Terrifying because you have no income and money runs out so fast.

There will probably be periods of employment and periods of unemployment in every person’s life. No matter what the circumstances are, your best option is always to make the most of it. Here are some things you can do to make your unemployment less terrifying and more valuable.

1. Keep A Regular Day-to-Day Schedule

Don’t get too comfortable binging watch your favorite TV shows. As tempting as permanently moving into your sweatpants may seem, keeping a regular schedule is one way to stay productive and focused. While unemployed, if you continue to start your day early, you are more likely to get more things done. Also, keeping up with day to day tasks will help you stay active and less likely to become depressed.

2. Consider Temporary Jobs

One of the easiest ways to bridge the employment gap is to find temporary contract work or work with a temp agency. Since you don’t have a 9 – 5 job now, why not take on a temporary assignment? The key is to get people to see your work and to see what you’re capable of. Find something that you’re good at or interested in, if you do a great job, whoever hired you is more likely to connect you to a permanent position.

There are numerous contract works, temp work agencies, or online jobs that you could tap on with your free time. Even if this is not a permanent solution, you will be in a better position financially while you search for something permanent.

3. Take A Career Training Course

A good way to move forward is to for ways to increase your transferable skills. Keeping your brain sharp can help you stay focused and learn some new job skills. When you take a class in your field, you are also showing that you are serious about your work and that you take initiative.

Look for courses or programs you could take, especially the ones designed for career advancement. You’ll be more qualified for new positions with extra training in your next line of work. Refreshing your resume, and interview and job skills will also make your next job hunt easier.

3. Volunteer

No matter what industry you’re in, volunteer work makes you more marketable. When you volunteer, it shows that you are passionate and willing to contribute. When companies hire, they are looking not only for people who can get the job done but also for people with character and integrity.

Volunteering is an excellent way to spend your free time when you’re unemployed. If you volunteer in an area related to your job qualifications, you can often include the experience on your resume for your next job search.

4. Re-organize Your Life

Unemployment is an excellent opportunity to get your life re-organized. Start running that marathon you’ve always wanted to try, devote into your family spring cleaning, go through old boxes, attend all your children’s school practices and performances, and get rid of the things you don’t need in the house. Streamlining your life will help you see your heart more clearly, encourage you to dive into the next chapter of your life, and make your unemployed time spent more productively.

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Browse our program list and find the best program that suits your needs.

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