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Career Centre – Profile

The Career Centre has been providing professional employment services to job searchers and employers and the community since 1995 in Barrie and the surrounding area.

In 1995, Simcoe County District School Board’s Adult and Continuing Education department opened the Community Career Centre (CCC) to assist many of the adults who were returning to school to develop a career action plan.

The Human Resources Canada Centre (HRCC) – Barrie office, contracted the CCC to provide employment counselling to unemployed clients. Shortly thereafter the CCC began to offer group workshops; employment needs assessments and case management. The CCC changed its name to the “Career Centre”.

In 1999, the Career Centre and the St. Joseph’s Career Centre operated by Simcoe Muskoka District School Board, co-located in a new and expanded Career Centre remaining in the Bayfield Mall, Barrie.

In addition to the General Information Sessions, employment needs assessments, case management, job development and employment counselling, the Career Centre eventually took on the responsibility on behalf of HRCC of providing assistance to clients completing a Skills Development application form. Support was also provided for clients to completion of applications for the Targeted Wage Subsidy Program and the Self-Employment Benefit program.

The Career Centre in 2005, through the Call for Proposal process with Service Canada, was awarded the delivery of the “full suite” of employment services from two locations in Barrie: 48 Collier Street and the Bayfield Mall, 320 Bayfield Street.

The “full suite” of employment services consisted of delivering the Employment Resource Centre services, assessment centre including employment needs assessments, case management, career counselling, job development and group counselling sessions. These services continued from 2005 to July 30, 2010. During this time the Career Centre’s funded agreement for service transitioned from HRCC to provincial funding with MTCU.

As of August 1, 2010, the Career Centre joined the network of Employment Ontario Service Providers funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The Career Centre provides a full range of services for Employers and Job Searchers.