Career Skills Training & Job Experience Program

Do you live in the Edmonton region? Do you have a disability, mental health barrier, or medical condition?
Are you unemployed or underemployed? Are you ready, willing, and able to work? Look no further!
Strive 4 Work offers 10 weeks of in-person skills training and 12 weeks of work experience, with the potential for employment to follow.

The June intake is now full. For information about the Fall intake beginning September 9, 2024, please fill out an inquiry form.

10 weeks of in-person training

Training takes place at our south Edmonton location in Mill Woods,
Monday-Friday from 9:00am – 4:00pm. Participants will learn:

  • Communication skills
  • Stress management techniques
  • Resume and interview skills
  • Computer skills
  • Job search strategies

  • Standard First Aid
  • Food Safety training
  • Additional certificates like Proserv

Selected participants will receive a living allowance of $15/hour while attending and participating in the 10 weeks of skills training.

12 weeks of work experience

  • We will work with you one-on-one to secure your placement
  • Hours and wage are negotiated with the employer

Employers may be eligible for a wage subsidy.
If you’re an employer looking to hire diverse, inclusive, and motivated staff, join Strive 4 Work!

Testimonials From Our Participants:

“Strive 4 Work has been an invaluable ally in my job search journey. This program’s guidance provided by the facilitators, Randy and Jessie, have given me newfound confidence and clear direction. The resources and outside facilitators provided not only enhanced my skills but also empowered me to navigate the job market with purpose. I am grateful for the transformative experience that Strive 4 Work has offered in shaping my professional growth.”
TS, Program participant
“The Strive 4 Work staff gave me back the confidence to re-enter the workforce after time away. They provided the opportunity to learn new skills and upgrade other ones. It was a welcoming environment and I made great connections with my fellow participants and the staff during my time there.”
SM, Program participant
“I learned so many new things during my skills training about how to make a resume, how to apply for the right jobs for me, and how to prepare for interviews. I gained so much knowledge from the Strive 4 Work team and am forever grateful!”
JP, Program participant
“I cannot emphasize enough how invaluable my experience was at Employabilities in the Strive 4 Work program. I owe a debt of gratitude to the program and its exceptional facilitators, Randy and Jessie. Their guidance and encouragement gave me a newfound sense of hope and the confidence to pursue my aspirations.”
KG, Program participant

Am I eligible?

  • Adults 18+
  • Individuals with disabilities, mental health barriers, or medical conditions
  • Proof of English Language Level 5 or higher
  • Living in Edmonton
  • Eligible to work in Canada
  • Not currently on probation
  • Not currently in a drug or alcohol program
  • Ready, willing and able to work full or part-time

  • Not on AISH (Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped) 

Check out the Strive 4 Work eligibility checklist for full program eligibility details.

What disabilities and medical conditions qualify?

  • Visible disabilities – like being in a wheelchair or needing a cane to walk
  • Invisible disabilities – like anxiety, depression, or minor hearing impairments
  • Medical conditions – like high blood pressure, diabetes, or chronic pain

These are just a few examples; there are many more. Not sure if you’re eligible? Please contact us.

We receive a lot of inquiries about the program. Our goal is to respond to your inquiry within one week.

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Funded by the Government of Canada’s Opportunities Fund for People with Disabilities Program