Upcoming hiring fair will connect Greater Golden Mile residents with jobs

People sit at a table advertising a hiring fair.
Residents of Scarborough are encouraged to sign up for the hiring fair in advance to receive support polishing resumes and interview skills ahead of the Feb. 29 event. Here, Centennial College students sit at an information table about the event. Photo by Victoria Armit 

You’re invited to attend the Golden Mile Hiring Fair  at Centennial College’s Ashtonbee campus on Feb. 29 hosted by United Way Greater Toronto, ACCES Employment and the Centre for Inclusive Economic Opportunity, Golden Mile (CIEO).

About 20 employers will be taking part. They are from a variety of fields, including real estate development, manufacturing, banking, health care, hospitality and construction. 

The fair is part of the Inclusive Local Economic Opportunity (ILEO) initiative, which is designed to support the Greater Golden Mile neighbourhood as it undergoes significant redevelopment in the coming years.

It’s designed to give residents of the Greater Golden Mile access to employment opportunities, especially job seekers who live in postal code areas M4A, M3C, M1J, M1K, and M1L.

“Employers who are coming are prioritizing hiring people from the Greater Golden Mile neighbourhood,” said Victoria Armit, operations manager of business growth and community development for the Centre for Inclusive Economic Opportunity (CIEO) in the Golden Mile.

“The main vision for the ILEO initiative is bringing together the private, public, and community sectors to find ways of reducing gaps in economic prosperity at the neighbourhood level.”

Get help preparing in advance

One of the unique aspects of the hiring fair is that its general format is interview-based. Employers will be actively hiring for specific positions at the time, and you can register ahead of time to interview for those positions at the fair.

And you can get help preparing in advance.

People who register will participate in a pre-screening process with ACCES Employment. The employment agency will provide workshops to review resumes, polish interviewing skills and more.

This way “everyone can put their best foot forward,” said Armit.

“Employers who are coming are prioritizing hiring people from the Greater Golden Mile neighbourhood.”

Victoria Armit, Centre for Inclusive Economic Opportunity (CIEO)

ILEO Good Jobs, a program created by ILEO, focuses on connecting local job seekers, graduating students, those engaged in the redevelopment of the neighbourhood, and those involved with ILEO previously.

Sign up to take part

ILEO’s network of corporate partners has already hired more than 150 job seekers from the Greater Golden Mile in fields such as insurance, office administration, construction,  concierge services, accounting, property management, project management, consulting, and finance.

“We’re trying to use this as an opportunity to bring all of those stakeholders together and connect local residents with a range of potential opportunities,” said Armit.

To sign up for the fair, pre-register by Feb. 9, 2024, with this link: bit.ly/GGMhiring.

This story was produced as part of a partnership between Centennial College journalism students and the United Way Greater Toronto.

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Posted: Feb 5 2024 9:43 am
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