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Settlement Workers in Schools program helps newcomer students stay safe in the workplace

January 31, 2019

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​Settlement Workers in Schools program helps newcomer students stay safe in the workplace.


GUELPH, Ontario – On January 31 2019, several students from the Upper Grand District School Board and Wellington Catholic District School Board will participate in the Ontario Worker Health & Safety Awareness Training at Immigrant Services Guelph Wellington at 104 Dawson Road.

The Upper Grand District School Board, the Wellington Catholic District School Board and Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington are working with Accents Training- a local Workplace Health and Safety training provider to ensure young people have the safety skills and knowledge as a new worker in Ontario.

Accents multilingual workplace training provides occupational training with an emphasis on safety across a variety of workplaces from industrial and construction to health care and food services.

Students will earn industry recognized training certification for Worker Health & Safety Awareness and the Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS) 2015. This training session will prepare students to safely enter the workforce through a part-time, co-op or summer employment.

This initiative is part of Guelph Wellington's Settlement Workers in Schools program. School Board staff and Settlement Workers (SWIS) at ISGW saw a need to ensure youth are well prepared for Canada's workplace. This particular training session will be offered for Tigrinya-speaking students. Immigrant Services Guelph Wellington hopes to roll out the program in other languages in the future.

The SWIS program is active in regions across Ontario, with approximately 250 settlement workers from 22 settlement agencies working in schools across 22 school boards.

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SWIS is funded by Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada.​ 

About Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington 

Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington offers settlement services to help immigrants participate fully in Canadian life. Staff keeps up-to-date with the latest information relevant to immigrant settlement and their personal knowledge of issues facing new immigrants is an added value. Services are offered in a manner that is inclusive and respectful of the diversity within our communities.

 

About the Upper Grand District School Board

The Upper Grand District School Board serves approximately 34,000 students through 65 elementary schools and 11 secondary schools in the City of Guelph, County of Wellington and County of Dufferin. Student success is the goal of over 3,000 dedicated teaching and support staff who are aided by the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners.

About the Wellington Catholic District School Board

The Wellington Catholic District School Board is committed to supporting student success in all of our 22 schools. Grounded in faith based teaching, academic and extracurricular programs give 7,800 students the opportunity to learn, lead and serve.

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​Media contact:​
Sandra Cocco Executive Director
Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington
SCocco@is-gw.ca
519 836 - 2222 ext.224