Monday, January 18, 2010

You so can't get there from here....................

Rather frustrating day, trying to find Self Employment programming provided in the city. At least it was a mild day and I had some great music to pass the time spent waiting, waiting and waiting. I know I could probably go it alone, but I need direction and community to succeed. Also to get me out of my head and out of my own way. Maybe you don't need that and can move forward. That's a real skill! For those who do...... The low down Government programming for Self Employment has stopped taking applications until "spring". http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/tcu/employees/selfEmployment.html to stay on top of the action. http://www.selfemploymentdiscovery.ca is a half day program to see if you are the type of person who would succeed as your own boss. I was advised that a new Self Employment Hotline entitled "Canada-Ontario Self-Employment Hotline" can be reached at 1-888-576-4444 but folks were unclear what type of services were available. I'll let you know more tomorrow,after I've spoken with them. Finally, Microskills offers a wide variety of programs, including SET- Set Employment Training as well as lots of free programming including ECE, Trucker, Driver, IT Specialist and Horticulturalist. Many of their programs are in conjunction with Humber College. Check them out. http://www.microskills.ca/ProgramsServices/WomenServices/Set_Lakeshore.pdf For those on Ontario Works the YMCA/TBDC has a program called SED http://www.ymcatoronto.org/en/get-a-job/help-you-find-job/start-own-business/ont-works-self-employment.html Also 1-800-o-Canada and 211 can give you info on other programming. I'm sure by the time I post this blog this info will have changed again. I advise you to find a great employment councilor and stay connected with them! I hope this can cut down on your frustration and travels (mine felt like concentric circles). Good luck! Michelle

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