Demand Led

DEMAND-LED PROGRAMMING

Working directly with employer partners, our team develops occupational specific essential
skills and employment development curriculum to prepare candidates for current vacancies in
local businesses.

THE DEMAND-LED MODEL

We use a dual customer approach with a demand driven model, which engages employers in the process of equipping individuals for the labour force. The model is responsive to the unique needs of individuals with varying levels of attachment to the labour force and to the needs of Manitoba employers as they seek new and innovative recruitment strategies, training solutions and human resource management practices to fill vacancies and retain productive employees.

The model is designed to measure gains and identify key milestones along a continuum. Job seekers are able to “test out” a work environment and be exposed to areas of industry and positions they may not be familiar with before they engage in programming designed to prepare them for the technical aspect of the job. The program model provides industry specific essential skills and technical training and allows for flexibility in delivery to foster innovation and system improvement.

WHAT WE OFFER:

OFE is not only in the business of changing lives with meaningful employment, but also growing local companies and strengthening our economy. We have expanded our demand-led programming with what we term as “rapid response” modules in the following four primary sectors:

MANUFACTURING
AND PROCESSING

HEALTH SERVICES
SUPPORT

RETAIL

CUSTOMER CONTACT
INDUSTRY

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Manufacturing and Production

Consider this industry if you work best with your hands, prefer to work in a team environment
and are safety-oriented.
Businesses we work with in this industry
include: print and paper production, food
production, plastics manufacturing, furniture
manufacturing, windows and doors manufacturing and clothing manufacturing.

Positions may include:

Machine Operator

Production Worker

Forklift Operator

Sewing Machine Operator

Labourer

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Health Services Support

Health Care and Support Workers genuinely enjoy caring for others. If you are looking for rewarding work that enables you to improve the lives of others through care and compassion, this type of work may be for you. In this sector, you could be supporting a diverse group of people.

Positions may include:

Disability Support Worker

Respite Support Worker

Home Support Worker

Direct Support Worker

Retail

You might be a good fit for jobs in this sector if you enjoy assisting others, thrive in a fast-paced environment and like having variety in your work. We work with a variety of employers who are looking to fill positions in this sector.

Positions may include:

Retail sales associate

Store clerk

Specialized / Light Duty Cleaner

Front desk clerk

Housekeeper

Cashier

Customer Contact Industry

If you are described by family and friends to be a people person, this industry might be a great fit for you.
You may thrive in this industry if you enjoy working with people, are a good problem solver and always keep a positive attitude.

Positions may include:

Customer Service Representative

Customer Support

Customer Care Agent

PARTICIPANT TESTIMONIALS

Adebanke

Health Services Support

Adebanke joined OFE in the hopes of finding meaningful
employment. At an initial meeting with her OFE Employment
Consultant, she expressed interest in the health services
support sector. Adebanke felt that she had the heart to work
as a Direct Support Worker, but she did not have related
experience and she was not sure what the job entailed.
Taking the client’s interests and needs into consideration, the
project team scheduled her for the Workplace Preparation
Workshop, where she would learn about employers’ expecta-
tions in Canada. The Occupational Specific Essential Skills for
Direct Support Workers, helped her to refine and practice her
essential skills for a specific job, enhance her knowledge of the
position and become familiar with agencies that were hiring.
After successfully completing the workshops and being
endorsed for employers, Adebanke was quickly offered and
accepted a full-time position with Epic Opportunities, one of
OFE’s well-established employer partners. Adebanke was able
to obtain a schedule with mostly evening shifts, enabling her
to engage in other training during daytime hours. This will
allow her to work towards her long term employment goals in
social work, while providing an opportunity to gain experience
in the Canadian labour market, earn a reference and improve
her language skills.

Lloyd

Manufacturing and Processing

“When I came to OFE, I was not entirely sure what type of job I
wanted to pursue. I wanted to either be a support worker or
work in manufacturing. After learning about my job history and
seeing that I had energy and stamina, my employment consul-
tant suggested that I take their Demand-Led Rapid Response
training for manufacturing. This seemed like a great opportuni-
ty and I agreed to move ahead with the class. Unfortunately,
training was temporarily stopped due to the Covid pandemic
lockdown.
However, OFE quickly switched the class to online training
where we continued to learn the essential skills that were
needed for a career in manufacturing. My instructor even
congratulated me on my adaptability when we had to make the
switch from in-class to on-line training. Shortly after finishing
class, I was hired as a production worker, but that’s not all.
Within two months of getting hired I was promoted and moved
up to the shipping department. Now I’m pursuing my dreams of
renting an apartment, owning my own car and bringing my
family to Canada!
Thanks to OFE staff, I was able to stay focused on my employ-
ment goal and use the training they provided to start my new
career.”

Adebanke

Health Services Support

Adebanke joined OFE in the hopes of finding meaningful employment. At an initial meeting with her OFE Employment Consultant, she expressed interest in the health services support sector. Adebanke felt that she had the heart to work as a Direct Support Worker, but she did not have related experience and she was not sure what the job entailed. Taking the client’s interests and needs into consideration, the project team scheduled her for the Workplace Preparation Workshop, where she would learn about employers’ expectations in Canada. The Occupational Specific Essential Skills for Direct Support Workers, helped her to refine and practice her essential skills for a specific job, enhance her knowledge of the position and become familiar with agencies that were hiring. After successfully completing the workshops and being endorsed for employers, Adebanke was quickly offered and accepted a full-time position with Epic Opportunities, one of OFE’s well-established employer partners. Adebanke was able to obtain a schedule with mostly evening shifts, enabling her to engage in other training during daytime hours. This will allow her to work towards her long term employment goals in social work, while providing an opportunity to gain experience in the Canadian labour market, earn a reference and improve her language skills.

Lloyd

Manufacturing and Processing

“When I came to OFE, I was not entirely sure what type of job I wanted to pursue. I wanted to either be a support worker or work in manufacturing. After learning about my job history and seeing that I had energy and stamina, my employment consultant suggested that I take their Demand-Led Rapid Response training for manufacturing. This seemed like a great opportunity and I agreed to move ahead with the class. Unfortunately, training was temporarily stopped due to the Covid pandemic lockdown. However, OFE quickly switched the class to online training where we continued to learn the essential skills that were needed for a career in manufacturing. My instructor even congratulated me on my adaptability when we had to make the switch from in-class to on-line training. Shortly after finishing class, I was hired as a production worker, but that’s not all. Within two months of getting hired I was promoted and moved up to the shipping department. Now I’m pursuing my dreams of renting an apartment, owning my own car and bringing my family to Canada! Thanks to OFE staff, I was able to stay focused on my employment goal and use the training they provided to start my new career.”

EMPLOYER TESTIMONIAL

Cherie Funk, HR Manager, Demand-Led Employer Partner

At Quick Transfer we are always looking for adaptable and hard-working people to join our team. A couple of years ago, we were made aware of OFE through another employer who has had outstanding success working with them.
OFE has created a customized training plan specific to the positions that we regularly recruit for so that potential candidates are well-prepared even before they walk through our doors. I appreciate the support they provide while
candidates are in training. It really helps to ease the onboarding process and transition them to our full time positions.
We have continued to collaborate to improve both the training and the selection process, and I can count on OFE to have candidates whenever I am getting ready for the upcoming season. We look forward to continuing this
partnership to find our next great employees!

HOW DOES THE PROCESS WORK?

Apply

Attend an information session and meet one-on-one with staff to answer any questions and determine if this program is right for you.

Prepare

Participate in sector specific training
designed to prepare you for specific jobs and improve your marketability in your chosen sector.

Get Hired

We’ll help you find the right
employer in an in-demand sector
so that you can work full-time and
start earning a paycheque.

Who is eligible?

Eligible applicants must:

Be 18 years of age or older

Have a valid Social Insurance Number

Be a resident of the City of Winnipeg

Be unemployed or working less than 20 hours per week.

Be eligible to work in Canada

Interest in working in one of the available sectors
Available to attend training

Apply Today

To begin your journey, come in to OFE in person at 300-294 Portage Avenue in Winnipeg. Please contact us to make an appointment. Phone 204-925-3490 or connect with us on LiveChat now. (Bottom right-hand side of
your screen)

What You Will Need

You will need to know your Social Insurance Number. If you have a resume, please bring it with you. Your first
session will take approximately 90 minutes.