Employment Readiness—Essential skills in the workplace

Are you ready for work? Do you know what to expect or what employers will expect from you? Sask Polytech's employment readiness programs prepare you for the world of work through both in-class and on-the-job training.

An employment readiness program will help you identify current skills and build new abilities through classroom and work placements. The focus is on employment skills evaluation and training, including resume and portfolio development, computer and job search skills, and high demand employment certificates.

You will enjoy one-on-one support and small group learning. We collaborate with local businesses and industries to give you learning and work placements. CLB 6 is a pre-requisite.

Past & Current Employment Readiness programs, sometimes called Essential Skills in the Workplace projects, are:

Program overview

  • 14 weeks in duration
  • You earn a Security Guard certificate, licensed by the provincial Ministry of Justice
  • You earn all industry required safety certifications
  • You gain work experience and references through 60 hours of work placements

Cost

  • There is no cost to attend.
  • Participants may qualify for financial assistance through the Provincial Training Allowance.

Training

  • In-class instruction Security Officer leading to applied certificate.
  • Security Guard license written exam
  • First Aid/CPR certification – WHMIS certification
  • Mental Health First Aid certification
  • Training:  Essential and workplace skills, life skills, study skills
  • Complete resume preparation
  • Completion of practicum/work placement
  • Elder and adult tutor services available
  • Access to community supports, resources and referrals

Criteria for application

  • Must complete a Criminal Record/Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Must have completed either Grade 10 or Adult 10 
  • Must submit an Expression of Interest

There is a limit of 15 participants chosen from among eligible applicants.

Delivery dates and locations

2021-22 programs are offered in-person at Prince Albert campus.

  • 2021-22 sections are currently filled.

Delivery dates, locations and forms for 2022-23 will be available in the new year.

Program overview

  • 14 weeks duration.
  • You earn a Saskatchewan Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Level 1 certificate. As a bonus: the three ECE courses also grant you two credits toward your Adult 12, if you have not already earned a Grade 12
  • You earn industry required safety certifications
  • You gain work experience and references through four weeks of work placements

Cost

  • There is no cost to attend.
  • Participants may qualify for financial assistance through the Provincial Training Allowance

Training

  • In-class instruction ECE Level 1 Units in a supported environment
  • First Aid/CPR and WHMIS certification
  • Food Safe certification
  • Essential skills for the workplace, life skills, family literacy and study skills
  • Completion of practicum/work experience
  • Elder and adult tutor services
  • Access to community supports, resources and referrals
  • Criteria for application
  • Must complete a Criminal Record/Vulnerable Sector Check
  • You do not need to have completed high school to apply
  • Must submit an Expression of Interest

There is a limit of 15 participants chosen from among eligible applicants.

Delivery dates and locations

2021-22 programs are offered in person at Prince Albert campus. 

  • 2021-22 sections are currently filled. 

Program overview

  • 16 weeks duration
  • You earn a Food Services Cook applied certificate and earn industry required safety certifications
  • 60 hours work experience and job references 

Cost

  • There is no cost to attend
  • Participants may qualify for financial assistance through the Provincial Training Allowance

Training

  • In-kitchen, practical training, for making meals and snacks for large group of people
    • basic cooking principles
    • soups, pastas and cold foods
    • breakfast and dairy
    • meat and poultry basics
    • kitchen tools and equipment
    • professionalism
    • safety, sanitation and WHMIS
  • First Aid/CPR and WHMIS certification
  • Food Safe certification
  • 60 hours work experience with local employers

Criteria for application

  • You do not need to have completed high school to apply
  • Must submit an Expression of Interest 

There is a limit of 12 participants chosen from among eligible candidates.

Delivery dates and locations

2021-22 program to be offered on-campus in Moose Jaw, starting January 19, 2022.

Delivery dates, locations and forms for 2022-23 will be available in the new year.

Program overview

  • 13 weeks in duration
  • A partnership with the First Nation Employment Centre in Regina
  • You earn industry required safety certifications
  • You gain work experience and references through 4 weeks of work placements

Cost

  • There is no cost to attend
  • Participants may qualify for financial assistance through the Provincial Training Allowance

Training

  • Creation of portfolios, including resumes and cover letters
  • WHMIS, Food Safety, First Aid/ CPR and other safety certificates as required
  • Essential and employability skill development
  • Work placement

Criteria for application 

  • Must submit an Expression of Interest

There is a limit of 15 participants chosen from among eligible candidates.

Delivery dates and locations

2021-22 program offered fall and winter semester at Regina campus.

Delivery dates, locations and forms for 2022-23 will be available in the new year.

Program overview

  • 13-week employment readiness training program with integrated work experiences.

Cost

  • There is no cost to attend.
  • Participants may qualify for further assistance through the Provincial Training Allowance

Training

  • Essential skills and Employability skills for the workplace
  • Simulation training to reflect workplace situations
  • Skills to confidently apply for jobs and attend interviews
  • Increased familiarity with the local labour market & employment services
  • WHMIS, First Aid/CPR, Food Safe Certification
  • Resume, portfolio, and interview experience
  • Work placement
  • Continued coaching after completion of the program

Criteria for application

  • Must submit an Expression of Interest 
  • Successful applicants will be contacted for an interview
  • Selection will be made within two weeks after the deadline

Delivery dates and location 

The program is offered at Sask Polytechnic campuses in Saskatoon and Regina for 2021-22.

Delivery dates, locations and forms for 2022-23 will be coming in the new year.

Next steps

If you are interested in training for a job, contact the Literacy and Adult Education office at your local campus for further information.