Being a newcomer, having a lack of employment experience or a lack of education are all possible barriers to employment. When some or all of these factors are present and there is additional mental health barriers, some clients may experience additional difficulties in their search for employment.
This was the case with Adam. He had pursued post-secondary education in Canada, had difficulty finding employment that was of interest, and was dealing with some mental health barriers. His performance in the workshops was great overall, he was very attentive, worked well with his peers, and took detailed notes. After the workshops finished, Adam was given the opportunity to meet with multiple employers regardless of his lack of enthusiasm. Finally, an opportunity captured his attention. A company was in need of a Project Coordinator. Adam was excited about this position, was sent for the interview and was successful. He was offered the job.
While completing his 16 week placement, Adam continued to receive support from the YOP staff as well as his counsellor at Family Services of Peel. This allowed for a holistic approach, as he was receiving continuous job coaching as well as methods to decrease the stress and anxiety triggered by a new work environment.
After Adam completed his placement, the employer was so pleased that they hired him full time and decided to increase his salary to a living wage rate.