Algonquin College launches free training in admin skills for women newcomers

Algonquin College

Women who are newcomers to Canada will be able to access free training in administrative skills through a pilot program from Algonquin College with the support of Altis Recruitment.

The Skills for Success program is open to new Canadians seeking to upgrade their skills for entry-level office administration roles. Participants must reside within the National Capital Region, hold a valid SIN and have emigrated to Canada within the last five years.

“We are delighted to announce the Skills for Success program, providing free essential skills training for women newcomers to Canada,” said Alana Anderson, chair of the Academic Access Centre and General Arts and Science at Algonquin College, in a news release. “This program will help meet the demand for various administrative skill sets in the Ottawa region, increasing the chances of success for our graduates.”

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The pilot program offers entry dates in fall 2023 and winter 2024. Up to 50 students per session will attend 20 hours of training per week for 11 weeks at Algonquin College’s Ottawa Campus, where they will learn skills in communication, math and digital technology. Program graduates will be prepared for an administrative career in customer service, data entry, human resources and accounting.

Altis Recruitment will screen and select participants, as well as provide guidance on resume building, interviewing and networking. Graduates will leave the program with an Altis profile and be kept informed of new entry-level office administration opportunities.

Skills for Success is administered through the Academic Access Centre at Algonquin College, which provides education services through academic upgrading courses. It is supported through funding from the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development.

Applications are open for the September 2023 and January 2024 intakes. For more information, visit Academic Access Centre.

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