One of the most significant roles the John Howard Society of Niagara undertakes is through our Employment division, represented most strongly by the Job Gym brand.

Job Gym

Job GymJob Gym has been successfully connecting job seekers and employers in Niagara for over 25 years.  Our attentive and comprehensive service attracts thousands of job seekers a year to our facilities. Our highly trained and skilled staff offer valuable assistance to those looking to expand their skills or wanting to improve their employment prospects.  We offer seminars, skill building workshops, training, certification opportunities and job search expertise to people of all ages, at no cost.

Other programs offered through our Employment division include:

Second Career

Program participants are assisted in training for a new job.

Youth Job Connection

Youth Job Connection offers intensive, specialized support to youth between 15 and 29 who face complex and multiple barriers to employment. The program provides 60 hours of paid training to prepare youth for the workplace, jobs for up to six months, support and funding for employers, coaching and mentorship, and help transitioning after the program ends.

Recipe for Success

Participants are provided with a employment placement at a Wendy’s in the Niagara Region. Earn money while gaining valuable life and work experience. Learn new skills that will look great on a resume. Receive certification training in CPR/First Aid, Smart Serve, Safe Food Handling, and Service Excellence.

STEP (Starting Towards Employment Program)

This is a 4 week program providing individuals receiving Ontario Works support with an intensive series of workshops and in-class training to develop employability skills. Participants will receive certification in WHMIS, Service Excellence, and Worker Health & Safety Awareness as well as a $200 stipend for successful completion.

Employment Ontario-Employment Services

We provide resources, such as information about who’s hiring in our community, as well as personalized advice and services to help people assess their skills and experience, find work and start on the path to skills training. We also help employers hire people with the skills they need.

Please see our Programs section for more detailed program descriptions.