The Career Foundation

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Horticultural Technician Pre-Apprenticeship Program Coordinator

Mar 01, 2019
Hamilton, Ontario

Organization Profile:  The Career Foundation offers a wide range of career and job-related programs. Since its inception in 1988, The Career Foundation has steadily expanded its services.  Operating out of seven locations, we now help thousands of people each year successfully accomplish their employment goals. The Career Foundation receives funding from Employment Ontario, Service Canada, and private sector companies. For more information please visit our website at

At The Career Foundation we value inclusiveness and embrace diversity in the workplace.  We are a professional, result-driven organization that has been described by our employees as caring, compassionate, innovative and team-oriented.

We also offer:

  • Competitive compensation
  • A comprehensive health benefits plan that includes massage therapy, naturopath services, and travel coverage
  • An Employee & Family Assistance Program
  • An RRSP matching plan
  • A wellness program

The Horticultural Technician Pre-Apprenticeship Program is a partnership between The Career Foundation, Landscape Ontario and Mohawk College.  The Pre-Apprenticeship Program Coordinator will have exceptional skills in the area of developing rapport with youth with barriers to employment.  The Coordinator will work closely with a core group of 20 youth and act as teacher, placement coordinator and counsellor.  He or she will ensure that youth receive the support and assistance needed to complete all program components and achieve their goals.  He or she will develop strong connections and relationships with industry employers, keeping them updated and assisting them with their hiring needs.  It is expected that by the end of the program, youth participants will be “apprenticeship bound,” working with employers in and outside of the GTHA and well on their way to successful careers in this in-demand field. 

Position Type:  Full time, ­­­­­50-week contract (strong possibility of renewal) – February 2019 to January 2020

Reporting to: Director of Operations

Location(s): Travel is required throughout the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area and beyond with most of the time spent in Hamilton

Start date: Immediately

Note: The availability of this position is contingent upon receiving confirmation of funding approval from the funder.   

Responsibilities (include but are not limited to):

Project Administration

  • Assuming responsibilities for the day-to-day operations of the program including client and employer service and partner relations
  • Supervising part-time temporary staff as needed
  • Ensuring all program targets are achieved
  • Developing marketing materials and conducting outreach activities and information sessions in order to attract participants to the program
  • Screening, interviewing and selecting appropriate program participants
  • Monitoring the budget and ensuring contractual budget practices and operations are followed
  • Maintaining documentation of participant files / database and records of service provided including program tracking reports
  • Working with Employment Ontario offices to coordinate initial assessments and prepare and administer training incentive agreements for participants and employers
  • Collecting and maintaining statistical information on client needs and program activities
  • Preparing reports for the funder on a quarterly and yearly basis
  • Cultivating a positive and collaborative working environment
  • Liaising with funder, partners and apprenticeship consultants to access information, provide updates and resolve any issues that arise


  • Developing materials for the delivery of workshops
  • Facilitating sessions designed to foster independent job search skills in barriered youth and prepare them for working in horticulture
  • Leading group work through activities or on computers
  • Fostering respect, leadership, confidence and other life skills among participants
  • Coordinating field trips and guest speakers from the horticultural field

Job Placement / Search Support

  • Providing work placements for participants upon completion of in-class training – matching individuals to suitable employers
  • Working individually with participants in developing all necessary skills related to job maintenance in an effort to ensure that work placements are successful
  • Coaching youth on interview preparation and self-presentation
  • Conducting job placement site monitors to ensure that placements are running smoothly, and employers are following proper health and safety protocol
  • Working with both employers and youth to help resolve any issues or arranging new placements for participants and employers
  • Providing guidance for participants and employers regarding the apprenticeship process

Other duties include (but are not limited to):

  • Coordinating the purchase of safety equipment and other essentials for youth as needed
  • Providing support and encouragement to youth during Level 1 Horticultural Technician training to ensure completion
  • Providing support and encouragement to youth during secondary trade exposure (2 weeks) in the general carpenter trade to ensure completion
  • Working with youth to remedy challenges such as absences and punctuality 

Qualifications/ Skills Required:

  • Must possess Post-Secondary education
  • Experience working effectively with barriered youth from diverse backgrounds – the ideal candidate will be described as an individual who seems to have a special ‘knack’ for connecting with youth
  • High level of patience and flexibility
  • Coaching/counselling experience
  • Training/facilitation experience
  • Experience working with employers to place youth in employment is considered a very strong asset
  • Knowledge of and interest in the trades is important – personal experience working in the skilled trades, especially landscape/horticulture or carpentry would be an asset
  • Knowledge of current labour market trends, job search techniques and employment research methods
  • Knowledge of community services
  • Experience working with government-funded contracts / budgets is an asset
  • Flexibility to work outside of normal business hours infrequently as needed
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to meet targets and reporting deadlines
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong command of the English language
  • Driver’s license and access to a vehicle is required – comfortable with some mobility at different stages in the project

Candidates please submit cover letter and resume to addressed to The Hiring Committee.  Please remember to quote the job title of the position you are applying for in the subject line of your email.  No phone calls please.  Thank you for your interest in The Career Foundation. 

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