The training programs at Winnipeg Harvest provide both classroom theory and hands-on training to community members who seek to make a change in their employment status.
The programs are open to everyone who meets the criteria. We recognize individuals’ strengths and experiences, and our commitment is to help the participants to develop a good understanding of the skills and abilities required to gain entry level employment.
All participants will receive mentoring from a Team Member, one-on-one support, real-life work place conditions, and an opportunity to gain industry standards training.
Our priority is to enhance the participants’ opportunities to access the job market. Our courses are aimed to individuals who are:
- Unemployed (EIA, EIA Disability, EI, or without any type of financial assistance)
- Accessing any of the Food Distribution Agencies (food bank, soup kitchen) in the province
- Actively looking for employment
- Committed to the courses (length, expectations, conditions)
Note: Our priority is to enhance the participants’ opportunities to access the job market. If you are employed or retired at this moment, we will contact you in case of availability in the program(s) you desire.
The 5 Training Programs offered:
|Call Centre||8 weeks||This program is designed to teach customer service representative skills needed for entry level employment in the call centre industry. It helps the participants to make the most of their telephone-based work, such as understanding active listen, data entry, take clients feedback into consideration, basic essential telemarketing customer service skills, communication and interpersonal skills.|
|Kitchen||6 weeks||This program is designed to teach commercial industry kitchen skills needed for entry level employment in the food and service industry. Active participants will build practical food preparation and cooking skills. Classes include preparing fruits and vegetables, meat cutting, making soups and broths, daily prepping, following daily plan meal time schedules and safe food handling practices.|
|Gardening||6 weeks||This program is designed to teach garden developing skills needed for entry level employment in outdoor /indoor gardening industry. It provides an exposure on different topics pertinent to personal food production skills, practical plants health maintenance skills, learning basic use of garden hand-tools, gaining environment-friendly growing and healthy eating habit.|
|Warehouse||12 weeks||This program is designed to teach warehouse industry standard skills needed for entry level employment in a distribution centers and warehouses. It helps the participants to develop a good understanding and abilities in topics related to shipping and receiving procedures, safe operation of warehouse equipment, product quality control, inventory maintenance and order picking.|
|Custodial Services||6 weeks||This program is designed to teach general custodial skills needed for entry level employment in commercial cleaning industry. It helps the participants to develop a good understanding and abilities in topics related to cleaning basic techniques, cleaning plan, performing multi-steps repetitive task, proper safe handling of cleaning chemicals, working with electrical and non-electrical cleaning equipment and WHMIS.|
|There is a short practicum included in every program to put into practice the skills and knowledge acquired.|
|Web Technology||8 sessions, 2.5 hrs each||Upon successful completion of this course a Certification is issued|
|Computer Diagnostics||8 sessions, 3 hrs each||Upon successful completion of this course a Certification is issued|
|Financial Literacy Workshops||16 sessions, 2 hrs each. Once per month||These workshops are offered by Credit Counselling Society. The goal of these workshops is educate individuals about how to be wise consumers and make smart financial decisions|
|Gardening/Kitchen Workshops||Multiple sessions per month, 2 hrs each.||These workshops’ goals are to educate individuals and families on nutritive food and teach how to prepare it. Also, to educate on diverse composting methods, local food production, native plant use, season-extension techniques, urban sustainability and more!|
If you are interested in our training courses, please complete the TRAINING PROGRAMS APPLICATION
Please contact the Training Department for more information:
Taking a course with Winnipeg Harvest? Training materials for your course below. Please obtain the password from your instructor: