McGuinty government celebrates employment service excellence

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McGuinty government celebrates employment service excellence

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

TORONTO, Dec. 4 - Fifteen Ontario colleges and agencies that deliver employment services received Minister's Awards of Excellence today. "Job Connect services transform the lives of individuals, employers and entire communities," said Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities John Milloy. "We are grateful to the people and organizations who deliver this program, and these awards are just one way of recognizing the important work they do." Job Connect helps people prepare for and succeed in the job market. It is delivered by colleges and by community-based non-profit agencies, such as youth employment centres and adult help centres. This year marks the sixth anniversary of the Minister's Awards for Excellence. The awards recognize achievement in service quality, service innovation and service results. This year's winners were honoured at an awards dinner in Toronto. "The Minister's recognition of program and service excellence is a welcomed and appreciated validation of our work," said Roy Spiegelberg, president of the Ontario Association of Youth Employment Centres. "Those organizations recognized for outstanding quality and results inspire all providers." Job Connect is a service of Employment Ontario, the province's employment and training network. To find your nearest Job Connect, call the Employment Ontario hotline, at 1-800-387-5656. Disponible en français www.edu.gov.on.ca www.resultsontario.gov.on.ca Backgrounder ------------------------------------------------------------------------- JOB CONNECT - 2007 MINISTER'S AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE Established in 2002, the Minister's Awards for Excellence are presented by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to colleges and non-profit agencies that deliver the Job Connect program. The awards are divided into three categories: service quality, service results and service innovation. Service Quality Award This award recognizes agencies for "best practice" accomplishments in measuring, planning, resourcing, communicating and continuous improvement. There are three levels of achievement: gold, silver and bronze. The 2007 award recipients are: Gold - YMCA Employment Services - Sudbury Silver - Community MicroSkills Development Centre - Etobicoke - Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Technologies - Belleville - NCDS Career Works - Fort Frances - Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning - Oakville - Sudbury Vocational Resource Centre Inc. - YES! Employment Services Inc. (Nipissing) Bronze - Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Technologies - Bancroft - Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technologies - Richmond Hill Service Results Award Introduced in 2004, this award recognizes organizations that have achieved the best performance results in the province. All Job Connect program deliverers are automatically considered for this award. The 2007 award recipients are: - Accessible Community Counselling & Employment Services - North East Toronto - Centre de services à l'emploi de Prescott-Russell Inc. - Hawkesbury - Community Resource and Employment Service - Brantford Service Innovation Award This award recognizes creative business practices that have improved Job Connect services. The 2007 award recipients are: - Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology - Pembroke-Renfrew - Accessible Community Counselling and Employment Services - Toronto - Connexion Emploi La Cité collégiale Russell-Glengarry Job Connect helps people prepare for and succeed in the job market. The services provided include information about the local job market, career planning and job search support, and placements with employers who are willing to provide on-the-job training. The program also connects people with training opportunities and serves as a pathway to apprenticeship and higher skills training. In 2007-08, the province has increased Job Connect funding by $7.5 million, for a total of $134 million, which will help 235,000 people and 21,000 employers. Job Connect is part of Employment Ontario, Ontario's employment and training network. With an annual investment of more than $1 billion, serving more than 900,000 clients, Employment Ontario makes it easier for employers, jobseekers, students and newcomers to find the programs and services they need. Contact: Kevin Dove Communications Branch 416-325-2746 Disponible en français www.edu.gov.on.ca Contact Info For further information: Karen Edwards, Minister's Office, (416) 314-0268; Kevin Dove, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746; Public Inquiries: (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Karen Edwards, Minister's Office, (416) 314-0268; Kevin Dove, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746; Public Inquiries: (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892