As the labour market changes, local community initiatives are changing with it.
WoodGreen Community Services will launch a new program to prepare students to find work in the technology sector. The four-month digital tech and computer course, which trains students in job preparation and new technologies, is set to begin in mid- to late-October.
The course, which is open to East Yorkers, is designed to teach students basic computer skills and how to use modern technologies, such as social media, in changing workplaces. Lessons explore online communication, computer science and social media navigation.
The digital training program will be held at 1533 Victoria Park Ave. WoodGreen’s website shows the addresses and program types that are available across Toronto. It has at least three locations along the Danforth between Pape and Coxwell avenues.
Saleem Hall, manager of special projects at WoodGreen, said the program is in response to the changing labour market, where digital knowledge is increasingly necessary.
“The idea is to help people gain the skills necessary to break into the labour market, and continue to pursue further education in a more targeted discipline within the digital tech field,” Hall said.
WoodGreen is in the final stages of launching the program. It is assessing those enrolled to provide a more personalized learning plan, based on the class’s skill level.
Enrolment is limited to adults 29 years and under who are receiving Ontario Works. Classes will run on weekdays from morning to afternoon.