HAMILTON, May 3, 2022 – Community Living Hamilton (CLH) has been awarded funding from the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development through the Skills Development Fund, to provide an employment training for adults with Developmental Disabilities or Autism who are looking for work in the food services sector.
Beginning this month, CLH’s new tuition-free Feed The Community program will provide participants with industry-specific training they need to successfully step onto the job in a variety of food handling environments.
“We are excited to offer this new program and to provide the people we support and others in the community with this opportunity to gain and maintain meaningful employment,” says Sylvia D’Intino, Executive Director, CLH. “There is a huge unmet need for food services workers in the community and I know many of our clients would be eager to fill these roles.”
The program, created in partnership with Mohawk College, the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board and the YWCA, will help individuals with Developmental Disabilities or Autism gain the skills to get a job in the food services sector. Feed The Community participants will learn the soft skills that employers are looking for, as well as technical training in food preparation, workplace safety and kitchen math. CLH will also provide job placement assistance and coaching to all participants.
“Ontario’s food service workers play a critical role in keeping shelves stocked and food on our tables,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. “I’m proud to support an amazing project that will give adults with developmental disabilities or autism the training they need for rewarding jobs with local employers in a growing industry.”
The program will run three times between May and March 2023 and will offer training opportunities for up to 36 individuals.
This Employment Ontario project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.
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ABOUT COMMUNITY LIVING HAMILTON – Community Living Hamilton (CLH) is dedicated to helping people with developmental disabilities build great lives. It provides opportunities and support to 1,600 adults and children with diverse abilities across the Hamilton region. With 320 employees and 120 volunteers, CLH is the region’s largest service provider for individuals with developmental disabilities such as Down Syndrome and Autism. The agency assists the people it supports by empowering them to reach their full potential. Whether it’s living independently or in a group setting, working in competitive employment, or sharing in community activities, CLH helps it’s clients achieve their goals and dreams.