Looking for Work? - VCCS

Looking for Work?

Overview of our Programs and Services

VCCS Employment Services has over 30 years of expertise in helping individuals find employment in the City of Kawartha Lakes. Whether you are a youth or adult, VCCS administers various programs for Employment Ontario and Service Canada to help you find work.

Employment Counselling and Job Search Assistance

Our Employment Counsellors will assist you in:
• Creating an employment service plan that will get you back to work in the shortest time
• Help you to develop an professional resume, cover letter and references
• Prepare you for employer interviews to help you stand out from the competition
• Help you identify careers exploring your interests, personality, abilities, aptitudes and transferrable skills
• Coach you on your job search strategies gathering labor market information, utilizing various job boards and connecting
with local employers
• Connecting to our Job Development team who can help secure placement opportunities with local employers


For those who are interested in securing an apprenticeship for occupations in the skilled trades, VCCS can help you learn about apprenticeship opportunities and our Job Developers can help connect you with employers who are looking to hire apprentices.

Second Career Training

The Second Career Training Program helps those who have been laid off and have not been working receive financial support to train for a new career in a demand occupation. The counsellors at VCCS will meet with you to explain the program, determine your eligibility and guide you through the application process.

Youth Success Through Employment Practices (YSTEP)

The YSTEP Program is ideal for youth between the ages of 15 – 30 years old, out of school and out of work needing extra help to find employment.  The YSTEP Program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and is a Youth Employment Strategy.  The 12 youth accepted into the program will receive:

  • 5 weeks of workshops and skills training for 30 hours per week where they will explore careers of interest, resumes, interview preparation, team building, certifications for the workplace in First Aid, Smart Serve, Customer Service Excellence, and much more.
  • 17 weeks of hands on work experience with local employers for 35 hours per week where they will build their skills in the workplace.
  • One-on-one supports and counselling during the program.
  • You are paid minimum wages for attending.

Many of the youth over the past few years are still working with their placement employers in many apprenticeships such as cooks, carpenters, electricians, lock smiths, child development practitioners, hairdressers, plumbers and other occupations in retail, manufacturing and service sectors.

Resource Room and Workshops

VCCS has a resource room equipped with computers, a photocopier, fax machine and professional staff to assist with your job search. Our Resource Employment Counsellors can also help you with resumes, cover letters, job search strategies and connect you with workshops to help build your skills. Our Resource Team works closely with employers creating job postings and are on the pulse of the local labor market.

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