Power or Trades Employment Coach

Job region: 
Western Ontario
Application Deadline: 
Friday, October 14, 2022 - 4:30pm
Job terms: 
Full-time contract


Power of Trades Employment Coach
Location Throughout the Niagara Region - Niagara Falls, St. Catharines and Thorold
Pay Starting rate of $45,000 with a YMCA Membership and Health Benefits
Employment Type Full-Time 40 hours/week

Once training period has ended, this position has the option to offer a flexible schedule including working both from office/home, condensed work week schedule or parental shift

Placement Date Immediate
End Date March 2024 with the possibility of renewal


Power of Trades is a program designed to help newcomers to Canada access jobs in the skilled trades in Ontario. The Power of Trades program is a pre-employment training program for newcomers to Canada. During a 4-week session, participants receive information and practical advice about finding and keeping a job in the skilled trades in Ontario. Examples of material covered in the training includes: understanding the apprenticeship process in Ontario, preparation for the Certificate of Qualification exam, labour laws and regulations in Ontario, understanding what Canadian trades employers look for in a new employee, resume and interview preparation, guest speakers from local industry, and other useful information and activities.

Why Work for the YMCA?

As a charitable organization, the YMCA of Niagara aspires to be a great workplace, committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, where different backgrounds, experiences, and identities are appreciated and celebrated. Guided by our shared values – caring, health, honesty, inclusiveness, respect, and responsibility - the YMCA provides our employees with meaningful jobs and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities. We recognize the contributions of our staff through growth opportunities and great benefits, and the knowledge that their day-to-day actions have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of the people of Niagara.


• Conducts full needs assessment and direct to various services or programs
• Conducts client intake assessments and creates Employment Action Plans
• Collaborates with outside agencies and other community groups for client referrals
• Provide career assessment and career guidance
• Measures client and employer satisfaction rates through facilitating surveys
• Represents the YMCA at various internal and external meetings involving client case conferencing, professional development, community engagement and program improvement
• Works with client to facilitate links to employers/agencies for paid and/or unpaid work experience
• Attains all Operational target measures as outlined in funding agreement to ensure long term sustainability of the employment service they are working within.
• Completes required components in the relevant government management system and in other tracking methods as selected by the YMCA
• Participates in, and assists with supervision and delivery of job fairs and employer sessions
• Assists with the development and delivery of various employment-based workshops
• Research labour market information, skills demands and other client inquiries; maintains up to date knowledge on services, resources, and policies/processes relevant to their program
• Maintains accurate records and case notes related to case management and client outcomes achieved
• Participate in training and adhere to the YMCA Child Protection Policies and Procedures as established by the YMCA of Niagara
• Other duties as required


• University degree, college diploma or equivalent in Social Sciences, Adult Education, or another related field
• Minimum 3 years’ experience counselling and facilitating; preference to those with Employment Counselling experience
• Candidates must be legally entitled to work in Canada
• Experience working with a culturally diverse group of individuals
• Experience with and knowledge of community resources throughout the Niagara Region
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Current Criminal Reference Check with VSS issued to the YMCA of Niagara
• Valid G driver’s license and access to vehicle full time


Results Oriented
The ability to lead, manage and achieve identified goals

Appreciates that people with different opinions, backgrounds and characteristics bring a richness to the YMCA.

Planning and Organizing
Establishes a clearly defined and effective course of action for self and others to accomplish short- and long-term goals

Relationship Building and Collaboration
Builds positive interactions both internally and externally to achieve work related goals

Coaching and Development
Commits to assisting participants, volunteers and self in continuous learning and development

Quality Focus
Ensures that YMCA programs and services are superior

Communicates in a thorough, clear and timely manner and supports information sharing and goal achievement across the YMCA.

Achieves planned results through personal initiative within the Association’s guidelines and policies


Interested applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and resume by 4:30pm on October 14, 2022 to yjobs@niagara.ymca.ca. Please indicate position you are applying for in the subject line of your email.

Internal applicants are encouraged to notify their supervisor before applying.

All applicants are thanked for their interest. Only those applicants being considered for an interview will be contacted by email. Please note that interviews may take place virtually due to COVID-19. In-person interviews will adhere to physical distancing guidelines.

Accessibility accommodations and materials in alternate formats for individuals with disabilities can be arranged upon request.

For more information on other opportunities at the YMCA of Niagara please visit: ymcaofniagara.org

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