2018 Employment Forum

Moving Clients Forward in a Modern Age

September 18, 2018

Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront

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The 2018 Employment Forum is designed to meet the professional development needs of front line staff.  The forum will equip attendees with the latest practical information and tools to move clients forward in our modern age. Engaging and interactive plenary and break-out sessions include:

Motivational Interviewing: It works well with individuals who are unmotivated, unprepared, or resistant to change. Learn how this counselling intervention method can move clients through the stages of change and help them find their motivation. 

Connecting Clients and Employers with Technology: The District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board has dramatically reduced OW cases with a database that connects employers with potential candidates. Discover the secrets to DNSSAB’s success and find out how Niagara Region has customized its approach to create a database that uploads SAMS information and matches OW and ODSP clients to both jobs and training. 

Digital Inclusion - A Necessity, Not A Luxury: When it comes to job-search and retention, and even every day survival, computer skills are becoming more critical by the digital minute. In this session, digital literacy and employment services experts will share tips and strategies for helping clients from different generations and ESL clients overcome barriers and build a foundational understanding of digital technology.

Coach’s Corner: Learn all about a County Norfolk program that provides career coaching to OW clients after they find a job. Find out how the county’s coaches help individuals maintain financial independence by working with clients to identify and solve problems early on, and by helping them develop career advancement and educational plans. 

And much more.....

Draft Agenda (subject to change)

8:00 am - 9:00 am - Continental Breakfast and Registration

9:00 am - 10:00 am - Opening Plenary

10:30 am - 12:00 pm - Concurrent Sessions

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Lunch (provided)

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm - Concurrent Sessions

2:45 pm - 3:30 pm - Closing Plenary 

The forum is being developed in partership with the Association of Municipal Employment Services (AMES).