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Student-specific CESB- Support for students and new grads affected by COVID-19

Post-secondary students are feeling the economic impacts of COVID-19. Many students were preparing to start a summer job in May, and are now worried about how to pay rent and cover basic living expenses, while recent graduates are struggling to find meaningful work. This is a critical point in their lives, and we must do everything possible to support their future.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced comprehensive support of nearly $9 billion for post-secondary students and recent graduates. This plan will help provide the financial support they need this summer, help them continue their studies in the fall, and help many get the experience they need to start their careers. These measures include launching:

  • the proposed Canada Emergency Student Benefit, which would provide support to students and new graduates who are not eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. This benefit would provide $1,250 per month for eligible students or $1,750 per month for eligible students with dependents or disabilities. The benefit would be available from May to August 2020.
  • the new Canada Student Service Grant, which will help students gain valuable work experience and skills while they help their communities during the COVID‑19 pandemic. For students who choose to do national service and serve their communities, the new Canada Student Service Grant will provide up to $5,000 for their education in the fall. 
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The Government of Canada will expand existing federal employment, skills development, and youth programming to create up to 116,000 jobs, placements, and other training opportunities to help students find employment and develop valuable skills this summer and over the coming months. In addition, to help students continue their studies in the fall, the government will:

  • double the Canada Student Grants for all eligible full-time students to up to $6,000 and up to $3,600 for part-time students in 2020-21. The Canada Student Grants for Students with Permanent Disabilities and Students with Dependents would also be doubled.
  • broaden eligibility for student financial assistance by removing the expected student’s and spouse’s contributions in 2020-21, in recognition that many students and families will struggle to save for school this year.
  • enhance the Canada Student Loans Program by raising the maximum weekly amount that can be provided to a student in 2020-21 from $210 to $350.
  • increase existing distinctions-based support for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nation students pursuing post-secondary education by providing an additional $75.2 million in 2020-21.
  • extend expiring federal graduate research scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships, and supplement existing federal research grants, to support students and post-doctoral fellows, by providing $291.6 million to the federal granting councils. In addition, the government intends to enhance work opportunities for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows through the National Research Council of Canada.

Taken together, these programs will not only help ensure more students get the financial support they need, but the opportunities and experience many students were counting on.

The government will continue to monitor and respond to the health, social, and economic impacts of COVID-19. We are ready to take additional actions as needed to stabilize the economy and mitigate the impacts of the pandemic on Canadians.

Find the COVID-19 benefits and programs relevant to you

Need any help with applying for the student benefits or finding the programs that suit you? We are ready to help you anytime. Call us at 905-273-6788.

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Apply for Second Career – Get skills-training and financial support

What Second Career gives you

You can get new skills – those needed for jobs in demand now – and financial support when you qualify for Second Career.

Apply for up to $28,000 for costs including:

  • tuition
  • books
  • manuals, workbooks or other instructional costs
  • transportation
  • basic living allowance (maximum $410 per week)
  • child care

How you qualify for Second Career

When you apply to Second Career, you have to show the costs to be covered during training.

You may have to pay part of these costs yourself. The amount you’ll have to pay is based on several things, starting with your gross (before tax) household income.

Applying to Second Career

To apply to Second Career, you’ll work with an employment services agency, where people are trained to help you decide if this program is right for you – and, if it is, to complete your application.

Find an agency in your community and make an appointment.

Staff at the agency will help you gather the information needed to support your application to Second Career.

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Meet with a counsellor

You can also request an appointment with an Employment Ontario counsellor.

A counsellor can help you find an employment services agency in your community and can answer any other questions you may have about Second Career.

Financial information

You must provide information about:

  • your income
  • your household income (e.g. spouse)
  • current expenses

School information

You must research at least three training institutions to make sure they offer the training you need. Make sure to include:

  • at least one college of applied arts and technology
  • at least one private career college

Find a college of applied arts or technology or private career college near you.

Job market information

You must show that the skills you want to get – and the work you want to do – are needed by employers. This can be shown through:

  • job postings
  • news of future job opportunities (e.g. office expansion, new company)

Contact us to help with your application

If you have any questions or difficulties in applying for Second Career or preparing for the documents, we are ready to help you anytime. Please call us at (905)-273-6788 or Email min@aolmississauga.com.

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Application for EI – Start to Apply as Early as Possible

What is EI (Employment Insurance)?

Employment Insurance (EI) provides regular benefits to individuals who lose their jobs through no fault of their own (for example, due to shortage of work, seasonal or mass lay-offs) and are available for and able to work, but can’t find a job.

Always apply for EI benefits as soon as you stop working. You can apply for benefits even if you have not yet received your Record of Employment (ROE). If you delay filing your claim for benefits for more than four weeks after your last day of work, you may lose benefits.

Who are Eligible?

You may be entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) regular benefits if you:

  • were employed in insurable employment;
  • lost your job through no fault of your own;
  • have been without work and without pay for at least seven consecutive days in the last 52 weeks;
  • have worked for the required number of insurable employment hours in the last 52 weeks or since the start of your last EI claim, whichever is shorter;
  • are ready, willing and capable of working each day;
  • are actively looking for work (you must keep a written record of employers you contact, including when you contacted them).

How much you could receive ?

For most people, the basic rate for calculating EI benefits is 55% of your average insurable weekly earnings, up to a maximum amount. As of January 1, 2020, the maximum yearly insurable earnings amount is $54,200. This means that you can receive a maximum amount of $573 per week.

What you need before you start

To complete the online EI application for EI regular benefits, you will need the following personal information:

  • your Social Insurance Number (SIN). If your SIN begins with a 9, you need to supply proof of your immigration status and work permit.
  • your mother’s maiden name.
  • your mailing and residential addresses, including the postal codes.
  • your complete banking information to sign up for direct deposit, including the financial institution name, bank branch number, and account number
  • names, addresses, dates of employment, and reason for separation for all your employers over the last 52 weeks
  • your detailed version of the facts (if you quit or have been dismissed from any job in the last 52 weeks)
  • the dates, Sunday to Saturday, and earnings for each of your highest paid weeks of insurable earnings Footnote 1 in the last 52 weeks or since the start of your last EI claim, whichever is the shorter period. This information will be used, along with your Record(s) of Employment, to calculate your benefit rate.

Start Applying

To find out if you are eligible to receive EI regular benefits, you must submit an application online. It will take about 60 minutes to complete the online application.

The website takes you step by step through the application process, and provides detailed instructions on how to complete the form.

When you apply for Employment Insurance benefits, you will be asked for your email address. If Service Canada needs more information about your claim and cannot reach you by phone, a Service Canada agent will send you a toll-free number by email, asking you to call an agent.

Contact us to help with your application

If you have any questions or difficulties in applying for EI or preparing for the documents, we are ready to help you anytime. Please call us at (905)-273-6788 or Email min@aolmississauga.com.

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Free Resume Writing & LinkedIn Profile Writing Workshop

About the Workshop

Academy of Learning College Mississauga is delighted to provide a free Resume Writing and Linkedin Profile Writing Workshop for those who are struggling to find a job in their field. The aim of this workshop is to help you with finding a job with the right Resume and Linkedin Profile.

What’s in for you?

This workshop will help you:

  • Write a compelling Resume that will maximize the application process and get you noticed
  • Learn critical resume tips and insights
  • Learn how to apply for jobs online with your personalized resume
  • Create a compelling headline on Linkedin
  • Showcase your expertise in the summary section
  • Differentiate yourself in the experience section
  • Leverage your LinkedIn profile using endorsements, recommendations, groups and more to grab clients’ and recruiters’ interest.

Venue

Academy of Learning College Mississauga Campus

1310 Dundas St E Unit #4, Mississauga

Date & Time

March 17, 3:00pm-5:00pm

March 18, 3:00pm-5:00pm

Cost

Free

Note

Please make a Registration or drop-in with your details at our location on the given timings.

Make the best of this opportunity and make a registration here today.

Any questions? Please call 905-273-6788.

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Tips to Improve Writing Score in IELTS and CAEL

Most test takers struggle with achieving a band score of 7 in writing and 70 in CAEL. Various factors can be the cause of a lower band score in writing as compared to other modules in English language assessment. Factors like: Grammatical accuracy, range of vocabulary, organization of content and task achievement play a major role in your overall band score.

Here are some tips that you can follow to improve your score in writing exam:

  • Task Achievement: This is what is often missed or misunderstood when it comes to writing an essay question in any English Language Assessment. Many candidates have a tendency to start writing without understanding or analysing the topic. They simply write whatever comes to their mind or whatever idea they have about the topic, without knowing and thinking of what’s been asked in the question.

Task achievement is as important as are the other elements in an English exam. Achievement of a task would mean covering all the elements like answering all the questions and staying on topic and supporting your arguments with relevant examples. For instance, if you have been asked to state different reasons for the unemployment in the developing nations, you should be able to organise your thoughts in a manner that you end up listing and outlining the various causes for it and nothing supplementary.

  • Range of Sentences and Vocabulary: Merely using precise vocabulary and accurate sentences is not enough to get a high band score in writing. A candidate needs to showcase his/her ability to use a range of sentence structures and word bank. The more sophisticated vocabulary you use, more are the chances of you getting a band score above 7 or 70, whichever the case may be. Variety of sentences would include passive sentences, compound sentences, complex sentences and compound-complex sentences etc.
  • Organization of Content: The way you structure your ideas and content says a lot about your writing style. There is an undecided way of writing academically and it is the way you start your argument and develop it as you go forward. There has to be a continuous flow of ideas which can be generated by using various sentence types and connecting words.
  • Grammatical Accuracy: Last but not the least, is grammatical accuracy, this is something that can’t be overlooked. If you want to score good bands in writing then you have to make sure that your writing answer sheet is devoid of any grammatical errors which include the errors of subject-verb agreement, punctuation, noun-pronoun reference and wrong usage of forms of verb etc.

Lastly, do not forget to proof-read your answers.

Good Luck for your exam and contact us, if you need input on CAEL and IELTS. Please contact us at min@aolmississauga.com or call 905-273-6788 for more information.

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English Writing Skills Workshop

Academy of Learning Mississauga is holding a English Writing Skills Workshop to acquaint you with various styles of writing, which is going to benefit anyone who wants to improve English writing skills.

About this Event

Academy of Learning is delighted to organize a workshop on “English Writing Skills”. Keeping in mind the importance of written English communication skills, the workshop will be held at our Mississauga Campus on March 16, 2020(Monday) from 2:30 Pm to 5:30 Pm

During the workshop you will be trained on writing a variety of sentences and you will have an opportunity to write a short piece of writing.

The idea behind the workshop is to acquaint you with various styles of writing, which is going to benefit anyone who is willing to improve writing skills in English. It will also help you improve your writing score in English Language assessment tests, for instance, CAEL and IELTS.

Highlights of the workshop

• A session on Varieties of sentences

• Writing Complex sentences

• Practice based on Variety of sentences

• Tips to improve writing skills in English

Invest your time and money on skills that matter!

Venue: Academy of my Learning Mississauga Campus, 1310 Dundas St E Unit #4, Mississauga

Date & Time: March 16, 2:30 pm-5:30 pm

Fee: 10$ (Cash only)

Contact us at 905-273-6788 for any further information.

Register here

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English Language Assessment Session

Join Academy of Learning College Mississauga’s English Language Assessment session on all four modules – listening, reading, writing and speaking and advice from instructor on achieving targets.

About this Event

This is a platform for you to get your language abilities assessed from certified English language trainers. You will be assessed on all the four modules, which is listening, reading, writing and speaking. You will also have an opportunity to sit with one of our instructors and discuss your performance. Your performance will be marked on a band scale of 9. You would also be advised on an action plan to achieve your target.

Make the most of this opportunity and get an expert advice on your language abilities.

Date & Time

March 13, 11 am – 3 pm

Cost : $20 (Cash Only)

Location

1310 Dundas Street East, Unit#4, Mississauga

Academy of Learning Mississauga Campus

Note

Limited spots are Limited. Please make a registration in advance. Call 905-273-6788 for more information.

Register here.

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Free Newcomer Info Session – Benefit, Tax, Govt Grant,Employment and more

Free Information sessions for newcomers to learn about Benefit, Tax, Govt Grant,Employment and much more! Free pizzas and drinks!

About this Event

Academy of Learning College Mississauga Campus would like to invite newcomers to our campus for 4 free information sessions to help them settle down in Canada. Our guest speakers will present valuable information on Benefits for New Immigrants, such as Tax Preparation, Government Grants, Childcare Options, Employment Information and much more! Participants will also have the opportunity to network with recruiters and get employment information. Free pizza, cupcakes, drinks and free gifts will be provided for everyone who attend the session.

Guest Speaker Topics

• Tax Preparation and CRA documentation

• Various government grants

• Subsidized childcare options

• Network with recruiters and HR professionals

• How to apply for Second Career

• Canadian Social Customs and Etiquette

• Money Saving Ideas

Who is the Information Session for?

This event is geared towards newcomers to Canada. Every newcomer is welcome.

What will you get from the info session?

• Benefits for new immigrants – Tax Preparation, Government Grants, Childcare Options and much more

• Canadian culture

• Networking opportunity and employment information

• Free snacks – pizzas, cupcakes, drinks and more!

• Free gifts

• Grand lucky draw in April

Event Date

We have four free info sessions scheduled for the following dates

• 2nd March 2020 – 2 pm

• 9th March 2020 – 2 pm

• 20th March 2020 – 5 pm

• 27th March 2020 – 5 pm

Venue

All of our info sessions will be held at our Academy of Learning Mississauga Campus.

1310 Dundas St. East, Unit# 4

Mississauga, ON L4Y2C1

Note

Space is limited to ensure the quality of information sessions. Please register in advance to secure your place. For more information, please contact us at min@aolmississauga.com or call us at 905-273-6788.

Register here

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TOP 6 INTERVIEW TIPS FOR NEW COLLEGE GRADUATES

For any recent college graduate, job interviews can be nerve-wracking, especially if you haven’t interviewed in a while. That’s especially true when you’re interviewing for a position in a new industry, competing with hundreds of candidates who’re in the same or similar situation as you.

Despite of the challenges, the more you prepare – by practicing your interview skills, researching the company, being able to show why you’re qualified, and by following up after the interview – the better chance you’ll get at securing a job offer! Now let’s take a look at some useful tips for acing an interview for college graduates!

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Research The Company in Depth

The employer will expect you to know quite a bit about the company you’re interviewing for. Prior to your interview, check the company’s web site and social media pages, learn about its values and visions, scroll through its latest projects, and think about what you can do to better their products and services. You can dig even deeper by talking to a current or previous employee of the company and conduct informative interviews with them beforehand.

Customize Your Answers for Common Questions

There are some typical questions that are being asked at almost every job interview, such as “Tell me about yourself.” “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” “Tell me about your greatest accomplishments.” “Why do you want this job?” “Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?” You can find sample answers to these questions online. Read how others answer these questions, and plan your own answers according to your situation.

 



Prepare 5-7 Sample Stories

Scenario questions such as “tell me about a time when you had a conflict with a coworker and how did you handle it” or “Share with us a time when you made a mistake and how did you resolve it” are a must in job interviews. Make sure to prepare some examples beforehand. Start with the situation by describing the context and problem. Then explain what you did to improve the situation and describe the results in quantifiable terms. This demonstrates that you understand the importance and the impact of your personal contributions. With these stories prepared in advance, you can adapt them to various scenarios.

Show Your Eagerness to Learn

Some of the attributes that employers look for in candidates are curiosity, eagerness to learn, as well as the ability to quickly adapt to new environment and pick up new tools. Aa a new graduate, you may not have loads of past experience relevant to your new position, but your learning ability is gold. Show your future employers that you are a fast learner (this can be demonstrated through scenarios), and that you are excited to face new challenges and opportunities in a new industry.

Pay Attention to Your Body Language

During the interview, watch your body language as your poses and gestures can reveal your personality. Shake hands firmly, make eye contact as you articulate your points, avoid fiddling, and sit up straight. If you are super nervous and don’t know how to act, remember, smile is your best weapon. Smiling isn’t hard to do during interviews, and it shows confidence and amiability, which is a huge necessity in workplaces.

Develop Intelligent Questions

Towards the end of your job interviews, you’ll be asked whether you have any questions for the interviewer. Don’t just say “I’m good” or “I don’t have any questions”. Asking questions demonstrates your level of interest in the job; it is also a great chance to show your knowledge of the industry as well as your eagerness to learn and contribute. Develop 3-5 questions ahead of time, and jot them down to memorize before your interview.

As the largest career college in Canada, we attributes 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. Browse our program list by province and find the best program that suits your needs!

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Six Tips to Score above 60 in CAEL Speaking Module

Are you going to appear for CAEL assessment? Do you have questions on how to achieve the desired band scores in English? This article is just in time and on point to acquaint you with the tips that could be followed in order to make it easy for you to meet the requirements of English language assessment.   This article is just in time and on point to acquaint you with the tips that could be followed in order to make it easy for you to meet the requirements of English language assessment.  

Here’s what you should do to improve your band score in Speaking:

  • Speak clearly and at a natural pace: It’s important to be clear and concise whenever we are taking a speaking exam. Some candidates try to develop an accent and thus, go off topic sometimes which results in a much lower band score. For you to achieve the score you need, it’s of utmost importance to speak clearly and in an organised manner.  
  • Do not worry about your accent: As a candidate you do not need to worry about your accent, all that should matter is the organisation of the content and the delivery of the content. You should start speaking as per the prompt and must be able to finish your talk in time.
  • Take notes: Taking notes can actually help you be fluent in your content and, eventually, you will sound confident, which in turn will have a positive effect on your performance during the speaking task. It’s crucial to make notes while you have time to prepare your answer for speaking.
  • Manage your time: In CAEL, each test is time bound; when it comes to speaking evaluation, you will be given a specific amount of time to plan and record your answer; do not panic during the preparation time and organize your speech in continuity as per your question prompt. Time has a significant role to play in CAEL, specifically in speaking module.
  • Use a wide range of vocabulary and grammatical structures: It’s absolutely fundamental to use academic English because CAEL tests you on your ability to use academic English. If you are able to convince the examiner of your word bank and also are able to use it at ease, there’s nothing that can stop you from getting the desired band score.
  • Practice using a computer: Since CAEL is a computer delivered test, it is, thus, advised that you should practice on a computer since day one. It will not only acquaint you with the pattern, but you will also feel much relaxed while you take the test. Speaking to oneself can be weird, so if you already practice speaking on a computer, it would be much easier for you at the test centre.

For more information about the CAEL Preparation course, please Visit our English language courses page or contact us today.

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