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Pathways to Prosperity: For Job Seekers

Are you looking for work? Your job is out there. We’ll help you find it.

Pathways to Prosperity is a program designed to match job seekers with high-demand jobs and support local employers to train and retain skilled talent.

Four Pathway to Prosperity programs to consider:

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Food Service 

In this program, you will gain foundational skills which include restaurant training such as the basics of food preparation and cooking, proper food cutting techniques, safe use of commercial kitchen tools and equipment, food allergens, and food safety training.

Starts Sept 19th

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In this program, you will learn how to operate hand and power tools, construct floor joists, frame walls, install and remove roof shingles, install vinyl siding, and learn about the demolition of residential construction projects.

Starts Aug 8th

Interested in learning about the career opportunities in construction? Check out the interactive career pathway from Worforce Development Board

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In this program, you will learn a variety of basic manufacturing skills, including proper use of hand tools, to follow drawings, steps for assembly, and organization techniques. You will be introduced to welding (MIG), safe welding practices, how to use a grinder, oxy-fuel and powered metal cutting.

Starts Aug 8th

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In this program, you will learn to use farming equipment using state-of-the-art heavy equipment simulators, learn to safely operate equipment, learn about heavy equipment maintenance, and gain agriculture work safety and awareness skills.

Starts Aug 22nd

The program includes a 4-week training course in one of four sectors: manufacturing, construction, food service, or agriculture which leads to a 5-week paid work placement. Participants may have an opportunity to secure further employment when the program is complete.

Local employers are currently facing significant labour shortages, and this program can help you find your future career. 

To qualify for this free training opportunity, participants must meet the following requirements:

  • Currently unemployed or under-employed (less than 20/hrs a week)
  • Not currently enrolled in other education or training

What you will learn

Our Pathways to Prosperity programs include employability skills training, which may vary by program and may include some of the following workshops:

  • Applicable trades math
  • Working in Teams
  • Technology in the Workplace
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Problem Solving
  • Financial Literacy
  • Cover Letters and Resumes
  • Time Management
  • Prepare for Meaningful Employment
  • Customer Service

What you will gain

By the end of the Pathways to Prosperity program, participants will have:

  • Gained knowledge and employability skills in a high-demand sector
  • Gained confidence necessary to be successful in the workplace
  • Achieved direct job experience that will boost skills 
  • Obtained industry certificates that increase employability 
  • Earned money from work placements 
  • Formed friendships and great employment connections that can lead to long-term employment
  • Gained foundational knowledge and skills that support career pathways to a successful future

Your job is out there. We’ll help you find it.

If you would like to learn more about this FREE training and work placement opportunity, please complete the form below.

We also invite you to chat live with an employment advisor between 7 am – 7 pm at to ask any questions you might have about the program.

OR Contact your nearest employment service provider:

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Drop-in (Peterborough): Brookdale Plaza, 863 Chemong Road, Unit 20-A

Drop-in (Lakefield): 14 Queen Street

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Employment Planning & Counselling (EPC)


Drop-in: 418 Sheridan Street, Peterborough

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YMCA of Peterborough Employment Services


Drop-in: 123 Aylmer Street South, Peterborough

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VCCS Employment Services


Drop-in: Whitney Town Centre, 370 Kent Street West, Lindsay

The Pathways to Prosperity program is a partnership between Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development, The City of Kawartha Lakes, Fleming College, Muskoka-Kawarthas Employment Services, and the Workforce Development Board.

Contact Information

Phone: 1-888-353-3536

This Employment Ontario program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario