The Government of Ontario and Canada funds ACCES Employment’s Bridging programs.
The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities currently funds Engineering Connections, Financial Services Connections, Human Resources Connections, Information Technology Connections, Leadership Connections, Sales and Marketing Connections, Supply Chain Connections, Electrical Engineers Connections, Business Connections en Francais and Speed Mentoring en Francais.
IT Connections & Virtual Employment Attendant
Accenture has been the proud sponsor of the IT Connections program since 2013. Their support for this program extends well beyond just sponsorship. Throughout the year, in every single IT Connections cohort, Accenture brings their staff in as guest speakers, volunteers that help newcomers with mock interviews and mentors for the program participants. In 2019, ACCES Employment was the recipient of a global grant from Accenture in the amount of $1.1M. With the grant, ACCES has developed and launched VERA (Virtual Employment and Resource Attendant), an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered bot to improve services for job seekers, many of whom are newcomers to Canada.
Women in Technology, Empowering Women, and Cybersecurity Connections
As part of the TD Ready Commitment initiative, TD continues to partner with ACCES Employment to empower newcomers in Canada and deliver employment services in key areas. TD provides funding to three unique programs at ACCES: Women in Technology, Empowering Women, and Cybersecurity Connections. This commitment also includes volunteer support from TD in areas like coaching and mentorship.
TD and ACCES have already made a significant difference in the lives of many newcomers in a variety of innovative and targeted ways. Working together, the ACCES-TD partnership will continue to address such issues as improving income stability for newcomers through future-skills development, much-needed STEM training for underrepresented groups, reducing and removing the barriers facing women jobseekers and helping to curb unemployment and underemployment among internationally trained and skilled workers new to Canada. In 2020, TD will also be offering a two-day compliance training session for ACCES refugee and newcomer clients who have an interest in pursuing a career in banking, audit, compliance, legal, anti-fraud or anti-money laundering.
Online Learning Series and Site Co-Location
Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) is the exclusive sponsor of the ACCES Online Learning Series focusing on Financial Literacy – FINLIT, which includes any business offering products or services in retail or business banking, investment banking, brokerage services, mortgage lending services, wealth management, insurance or other financial services. RBC is also a proud sponsor of ACCES’s Financial Services Connections in a Digital World that provides internationally trained financial services professionals with practical job search information and connections to employers in the financial sector.
Customer Experience and Training for Refugees
Entrepreneurship Connections® program
Speed Mentoring® (Peel Region) and My Plan
Toronto Pearson’s community investment program, Propeller Project, is proud to partner with ACCES Employment to help expand the Speed Mentoring® program in Peel region to connect more skilled new Canadians and young adults to local employers.
The Speed Mentoring® program at ACCES allows job seekers to gain the vital direction and competitive advantage offered through mentorship by established professionals in their sector that will positively impact their job search and career in the Canadian workplace for years to come.
Toronto Pearson also partners with ACCES to deliver the MyPlan program which supports underemployed individuals from across the Toronto Pearson employment community with their career development. MyPlan training supports the development and application of skills needed to thrive in modern workplaces, and participants build a career development plan that guides them as they work with ACCES Employment to secure employment that is commensurate with their skills and experience.
Empowering Women Program
START Customer Care Program
HSBC Bank: Providing Resources and Supports
Employability and Financial Capability are two key pillars of HSBC Canada’s social responsibility commitment. Now, they are proud partners with ACCES providing support, mentorship and best practices to programs for Youth, BIPOC Women, and Entrepreneurs. In addition, they provide valuable resources and are sponsors of ACCES’s Entrepreneurship Business Hub.
ACCES and IBM are working together to support jobseekers through Skillsbuild. SkillsBuild is IBM’s learning platform with courses in a number of learning areas including technology, communication skills, sales and marketing, human resources and job search. The platform also includes an assessment tool. Through a one-year sponsorship, IBM has supported the Cybersecurity Connections and Women in Technology programs by developing customized curriculum streams on IBM SkillsBuild.