Learning in the woodworking shop

We believe that every person has the ability to contribute to the workplace and use their skills and talents to do so.

Maybe you lack confidence and need to discover your abilities. At SSWAP, you get to make these discoveries, gain confidence and open doors to connect with employers while developing the skills and knowledge to succeed.

We have seen many participants shine! Here are a few from 2015-19:

Charles completed the program in October 2018. When he came to SSWAP he had little work experience and no plan as to how to gain more. He wanted to work.

At SSWAP Charles built on the skills he had and refined ways to manage and make better choices to put a plan to action. He demonstrated great work ethic at SSWAP and applied these at his work placements. We are happy to report that Charles was hired on by his work placement host upon completing the program.

Tammy had tried our program before. This time she came with unwavering determination to complete it. It was her dream. She even wrote a poem about it.

Throughout the program, Tammy gained more confidence in her abilities and skills. She recognized the value of applying these abilities through her work placements. With exemplary resolve, Tammy worked through the program, completing it in March 2019. To top it off, Tammy was hired by her work placement host employer in her home community.

When Josh started at SSWAP he did not have any work experience and was not sure what he wanted to do for work. He had an excellent work ethic, which he demonstrated in each of the work exposure areas. He explored work possibilities that matched his interests and built confidence in his skills as an employee through work placements. Josh was pleased to be hired on by one of his work placement hosts and has been working steadily since leaving the program.

Josh says: “My goal when I first started was to get a job. By the end of the program I completed that goal. Thanks to all of the staff at SSWAP for helping me.”

Steven had formal training in digital animation, but he had been unsuccessful in finding a job. He joined SSWAP in 2015 to develop additional skills and change his situation.

Through his two work placements he has made contacts and demonstrated his abilities. He is currently working with a local video producer, learning editing and voice over skills and has produced a video that beautifully captures the essence of SSWAP’s work, which you can see on our homepage.

Steven is happy with the work he has done at SSWAP and the connections he has made. He is now far more ready to find the type of work that he wishes to do.

Connie completed the program at SSWAP in February 2016.

When she started at SSWAP she was unemployed and feeling isolated. She wanted to improve her employment and education situation, but she was not sure about what she was able to do.

At SSWAP, she worked diligently and developed more confidence. Through the program and two work placements, she successfully improved her employment marketability and education levels.

Connie is now actively and more confidently looking for work she wants to do in the food services or home care industry.

Ashley started the program in January, somewhat shy and unsure of what to do with her life since graduating high school.

Ashley is now finishing Level 2 of the program and has shown great improvement in her confidence. She has a clear idea of her work and life goals, is taking action every day to make that happen and is looking forward to upcoming work placements.