Apprenticeship Information Session

Apprenticeship

Register today for the Apprenticeship Information Session at the London Employment Help Centre. Learn the benefits of becoming an apprentice in a trade, how to access an apprenticeship, approach a sponsor and why there is such a need for apprenticeships. Also learn about new changes to the apprenticeship process.

Sessions offered monthly – 1/2 day (9:30 am – 12:00 pm)

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Inclusivity in the Workplace

Are you an employer struggling to understand gender identity and orientation issues in the workplace?

Well, you’re not alone. Many companies may find it challenging to have substantial corporate policies tackling these important issues. Sometimes, the conversations can just be plain old awkward but they don’t have to be! Honesty and authenticity go a long way in facilitating these courageous conversations. Check out the first Rainbow Optimist Club in the world, which addresses the marginalization of rural LGBT2Q+ individuals, and areas for change to support all.

A convenient, albeit somewhat controversial, infographic explaining the differences in sex and gender identity

(The Genderbread Person – A convenient, though somewhat controversial, infographic explaining the differences in sex and gender identity).

Today, a group of like-minded professionals in the employment sector had the opportunity to share ideas about equity and inclusion in the workforce, particularly surrounding LGBT2Q+ identity and representation. There were many excellent pointers from our region’s very own pioneer for gay rights, Martin Withenshaw, of the Local Economic Planning Council (LEPC). Thank you for the informative and insightful presentation and to all who shared their ideas around the table at Pathways Skill Development in London ON.

There are a growing number of resources around these issues and politics, which will only increase with time. These are the issues of the future. Get a head start now. Give us a shout at the LEHC and we can help to make appropriate referrals and provide information and insight in establishing safer and more positive and productive spaces. It can be as simple as displaying a pride flag in your offices, or making sure to address groups without using words like “guys,” and switching instead to something like “folks,” or “people,” or “everyone.”

A Moving Evening: the LEHC 36th Annual General Meeting

On a gorgeous afternoon, on the last day of September 2019, a dedicated group of individuals gathered at the beautiful facilities of Pathways Skill Development in London ON. The Board of Directors took care of bureaucratic business as the attendees helped themselves to appetizers and light refreshments. Nancy McQuillan, the Executive Director at the London Employment Help Centre, spoke to an engaged crowd while some extraordinary LEHC clients told their stories–of struggle, pain, suffering, triumph. The Honorable MPP for London West, Peggy Sattler (NDP), was also in attendance to hear these stories and appreciate the work that the London Employment Help Centre does for the communities in London and area. Thank you to everyone who attended, those that couldn’t make it, and especially to the clients that we have the privilege to serve on a daily basis.Nancy McQuillan, CEO at LEHC, speaks to an engaged crowd at the 36th Annual General Meeting at Pathways Skill Development in London ONNancy McQuillan, CEO at LEHC, speaks to an engaged crowd at the 36th Annual General Meeting at Pathways Skill Development in London ON.
Peggy Sattler, NDP MPP for London West, meets with an exceptional LEHC client and one of the Career and Employment SpecialistsPeggy Sattler, NDP MPP for London West, meets with an exceptional LEHC client and one of the LEHC Career and Employment Specialists at the at the 36th Annual General Meeting at Pathways Skill Development.

Harvard Career Experts Weigh in on Effective Cover Letters (Source CNBC)

Cover letters: something you wouldn’t think of as controversial. But people differ in opinion when it comes to using cover letters and whether they really are an effective tool in the job search.  A veteran Certified Career Development Practitioner (CCDP) here at the LEHC once used this metaphor. A cover letter is like gift wrap; the resume of course being the gift. Anytime you give a gift, it is pretty much assumed that it will come wrapped. What would be the fun otherwise, right? Well, you might say, “I just tear through the gift wrap and throw it in the garbage because all I really want is the gift, not the wrapping.” Still, the expectation is there regardless so as a job seeker you are likely to set yourself apart in a bad way without a cover letter when Human Resources is flipping through those two hundred resumes it just received for one opening.

And, a cover letter can really make all the difference if it is done right. This is your chance to make your case as a human being, a living, breathing, interested, and passionate human being. This is where you can set yourself apart. But it takes time, and a lot of focus and energy. With the eventual exhaustion of a job search, this energy can be hard to come by. You start just changing a couple of names and submitting it because it only takes 20 minutes that way, not 60 or 90. If you invest the time in really customizing the cover letter, the return will be much more advantageous to your job search success. Remember, though, a cover letter is only one piece of the active job search puzzle. Stay tuned for a resource to help you target your cover letters and make them more impactful. In the meantime, you can read what Harvard Career Experts have to say here.