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 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:

Recipe for Success

Designed specifically for youth age 15-29 who are facing barriers to finding work, this program will provide pre-employment training, a variety of certifications, as well as a guaranteed 13 week paid placement at a local Wendy’s Restaurant. Certifications and training include Managing Food Safety/National Food Safety Training Program, Smart Serve Ontario, Personality Dimensions, WHMIS, First Aid and CPR, and Service Excellence. Attend the info session to learn more and see if this exciting program is a fit for you!

Workplace Skills to Succeed

Created specifically for participants receiving social assistance through Ontario Works, this series of interactive workshops and in-class training helps participants develop employability skills, enhance job search and connect with local employers. Taking place over 4 consecutive weeks, sessions relate to the current local labour market, identifying participants’ individual skills and personality types, as well as health and safety in the workplace.

Second Career

Job Seekers may be eligible for funding in order to get re-trained for a new career. This program helps laid off workers upgrade their skills and re-enter the labour market to find jobs in high demand occupations in Ontario. Funding may be available for suitable job seekers to help cover the cost of tuition, books, transportation, child care, and living allowance while attending training.

Youth Job Connection

This program provides intensive employment supports for youth ages 15 to 29 who are not employed or in education and experience multiple barriers to employment. The summer component of Youth Job Connection provides summer, part-time and after-school job opportunities to high school students aged 15 to 18, who are facing challenging life circumstances and may need support transitioning between school and work. Supports include: paid pre-employment training to promote job readiness, job matching and paid job placements, hiring incentives for employers, mentorship services, and education and work transitions supports.

Youth Job Link

Designed to help youth, including students, aged 15 to 29, who would benefit from extra help planning their careers and entering the labour market. Youth Job link provides career exploration services to increase knowledge, career options and support career decision making; career management services to improve readiness for the labour market; job search, readiness, and matching assistance to connect youth with employers offering employment opportunities including summer jobs.