McGuinty government celebrates employment service excellence



    TORONTO, Dec. 4 /CNW/ - Fifteen Ontario colleges and agencies that
deliver employment services received Minister's Awards of Excellence today.
    "Job Connect services transform the lives of individuals, employers and
entire communities," said Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
John Milloy. "We are grateful to the people and organizations who deliver this
program, and these awards are just one way of recognizing the important work
they do."
    Job Connect helps people prepare for and succeed in the job market. It is
delivered by colleges and by community-based non-profit agencies, such as
youth employment centres and adult help centres.
    This year marks the sixth anniversary of the Minister's Awards for
Excellence. The awards recognize achievement in service quality, service
innovation and service results. This year's winners were honoured at an awards
dinner in Toronto.
    "The Minister's recognition of program and service excellence is a
welcomed and appreciated validation of our work," said Roy Spiegelberg,
president of the Ontario Association of Youth Employment Centres. "Those
organizations recognized for outstanding quality and results inspire all
providers."

    Job Connect is a service of Employment Ontario, the province's employment
and training network. To find your nearest Job Connect, call the Employment
Ontario hotline, at 1-800-387-5656.

    
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             JOB CONNECT - 2007 MINISTER'S AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE

    Established in 2002, the Minister's Awards for Excellence are presented by
the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to colleges and non-profit
agencies that deliver the Job Connect program.
    The awards are divided into three categories: service quality, service
results and service innovation.

    Service Quality Award

    This award recognizes agencies for "best practice" accomplishments in
measuring, planning, resourcing, communicating and continuous improvement.
There are three levels of achievement: gold, silver and bronze. The 2007 award
recipients are:

    Gold

    -   YMCA Employment Services - Sudbury

    Silver

    -   Community MicroSkills Development Centre - Etobicoke
    -   Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Technologies - Belleville
    -   NCDS Career Works - Fort Frances
    -   Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning - Oakville
    -   Sudbury Vocational Resource Centre Inc.
    -   YES! Employment Services Inc. (Nipissing)

    Bronze

    -   Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Technologies - Bancroft
    -   Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technologies - Richmond Hill

    Service Results Award

    Introduced in 2004, this award recognizes organizations that have achieved
the best performance results in the province. All Job Connect program
deliverers are automatically considered for this award. The 2007 award
recipients are:

    -   Accessible Community Counselling & Employment Services - North East
        Toronto
    -   Centre de services à l'emploi de Prescott-Russell Inc. - Hawkesbury
    -   Community Resource and Employment Service - Brantford

    Service Innovation Award

    This award recognizes creative business practices that have improved Job
Connect services. The 2007 award recipients are:

    -   Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology - Pembroke-Renfrew
    -   Accessible Community Counselling and Employment Services - Toronto
    -   Connexion Emploi La Cité collégiale Russell-Glengarry

    Job Connect helps people prepare for and succeed in the job market. The
services provided include information about the local job market, career
planning and job search support, and placements with employers who are willing
to provide on-the-job training. The program also connects people with training
opportunities and serves as a pathway to apprenticeship and higher skills
training.
    In 2007-08, the province has increased Job Connect funding by
$7.5 million, for a total of $134 million, which will help 235,000 people and
21,000 employers.
    Job Connect is part of Employment Ontario, Ontario's employment and
training network. With an annual investment of more than $1 billion, serving
more than 900,000 clients, Employment Ontario makes it easier for employers,
jobseekers, students and newcomers to find the programs and services they
need.

    Contact:
    Kevin Dove
    Communications Branch
    416-325-2746

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For further information:

For further information: Karen Edwards, Minister's Office, (416)
314-0268; Kevin Dove, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746; Public Inquiries:
(416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892

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