Removing Barriers to Employment
Partnership with Lutherwood
The CLAC Foundation has partnered with Lutherwood in southern Ontario to remove financial barriers for vulnerable people seeking to enter the workforce. For many, not having the funds to cover basic training courses or even work wear can prevent them from gaining employment. This partnership provides three streams of support to these individuals.
1) Discretionary Funds provide financial support to job seekers who need to buy items that are essential for gaining employment.This includes certifications, PPE, interview attire, prescription lenses,recertification/licensing costs, tools/computers, transportation support, etc.
2) Short Term Training Funds provide access to CLAC Training courses such as First Aid, Working at Heights, and other in-class and online courses necessary for employment. This fund covers the full or partial cost of these courses for clients who are unable to pay.
3) Pre-Apprenticeship Tuition Funds provide an opportunity to enter the trades to individuals who are struggling financially.This fund covers the full or partial cost of pre-apprenticeship training and helps with transportation if needed. With the looming shortage of skilled tradespeople, there is a great need to promote the trades and assist those interested in pursuing the trades.
Lutherwood is a progressive, not-for-profit health and social services organization that strengthens people's lives by providing mental health, employment, and housing services to more than 19,600 people annually in Waterloo Region and Wellington County in southern Ontario. Among its many other services, Lutherwood is a leader in employment services. They offer a broad range of programs that help individuals find and maintain jobs,entrepreneurs launch small businesses, and employers recruit and train employees. They also provide customized outplacement and adjustment services to help both employers and workers manage the difficult process of workplace downsizing.