Sudbury Women’s Centre launches new program
Article by The Sudbury Star
The Sudbury Women’s Centre has received a $170,000 grant through the Ministry of Labor, Training and Skills Development to create an employment skills referral and paid training work program for low-income or unemployed women in the community.
Through the creation of this innovative program, the SWC will refer clients to employment partnering services to receive general employment skills training. Participants will then return to the SWC to undertake a retail and customer service experience through a temporary paid work placement in My Sister’s Closet, a social enterprise selling gently used women’s clothing and accessories for just $1 per item.
“We are so grateful to Minister (Monte) McNaughton for allowing us to create valuable work experience opportunities for women in our community,” Giulia Carpenter, executive director of the SWC, said in a release. “Many women face barriers to entry into the workforce. Through this program, we will open the doors to improve economic situations by increasing their employability in a safe, judgement-free workplace, while securing an income to provide for their families.”