What is the PEP Employment Centre?
The PEP Employment Centre is a program of People for Equal Partnership in Mental Health (PEP). We are an Employment Ontario sponsored facility, funded by the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD). We are focused on meeting the employment needs of people with disabilities in our community.
The PEP Employment Centre provides free employment services to persons with disabilities including physical, developmental, and mental health barriers. The services at PEP are client driven. This means that we work with you to support you with reaching your employment goals. We offer a personable and hands-on approach to becoming job-ready. Our barrier free design and specialized equipment encourages persons with barriers to be self-serving and independent in preparing themselves to become job ready.
PEP Employment Centre is a program where persons with disabilities can access free employment information, resources and referrals to community partners to assist them in obtaining their employment goals.
- Developing a resume;
- Maintaining employment;
- Creating a cover letter;
- Adjusting to the work environment;
- Practicing interview skills;
- Motivation and goal setting support;
- How to market yourself to employers;
- Life Skills for Employment Workshops (See Calendar tab for more information);
- Information about the local job market;
- Access to photocopy, printer fax, telephone, use of computers etc.
- Referrals to organizations in the community;
The PEP Employment Centre promotes equal opportunity employment for persons with disabilities through collaboration with community members, businesses and organizations.
- To assist persons who have had difficulty finding employment;
- Encourage people to be independent and promote their self-confidence;
- Provide resources to help people obtain and maintain employment;
- Coordinate appropriate employment related community services;
- Offer services in North Bay and surrounding area.
The PEP Employment Centre was established in the fall of 1998 by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRDC), in conjunction with four local agencies, The Canadian Hearing Society (CHS), The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), North Bay and Area Disabled Adult and Youth Centre (DAAY), and the Physically Handicapped Adults’ Rehabilitation Association (PHARA).