Talent City Vaughan Grant Recipient Profile – The Career Foundation

Talent City Vaughan is a first-of-its-kind municipal workforce development initiative that supports purpose-driven training initiatives across Vaughan. The 2023 cohort of grant recipients offered a host of in-demand training programs for Vaughan residents and employees of Vaughan-based businesses – like The Career Foundation’s skilled trades program!

The Career Foundation is a non-profit organization and registered charity that has been connecting job seekers and employers through workforce development initiatives since 1988. The Career Foundation focuses on creating fair labour market access for marginalized and equity-deserving groups with a strong focus on labour market preparation and industry alignment. The Career Foundation seeks to challenge traditional barriers and aim to move all people into sustainable and equitable prosperity. The organization maintains relationships with over 2,000 employers and over 400 community groups to support the success of traditionally marginalized groups.

The industry that will be supported through the Talent City Vaughan program will be the Skilled Trades Industry with a specific focus on finishing trades. It is no secret that addressing labour shortages in the skilled trades continues to be a major priority for all levels of government, employers, unions, and trades associations. Taking a local focus on this industry in Vaughan will allow residents to learn more and understand the importance of the skilled trades as it relates to the Vaughan economy and the growing career opportunities that the sector offers. Training will include includes a trades careers awareness session, career discovery day, and 4 -week paid Internship with potential for full-time employment upon completion.

The Career Foundation currently works with employers in Vaughan across different sectors including construction, manufacturing and technology. We have community partners including membership with the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce, training schools, unions and different social service agencies to assist unemployed individuals with sustainable employment opportunities and life stabilization resources.

Are you a non-profit organization that offers upskilling or reskilling training? You can apply for a grant of up to $10,000 to run training programs for Vaughan residents or employees of Vaughan-based businesses. To learn more about Talent City Vaughan click the button below!