Trent University’s Community Concierge program – launched this spring – is off to a strong start with 81 recent and emerging graduates having completed the program, and several graduates gainfully employed throughout the region.
“The benefits of work-integrated learning opportunities available through this program are endless,” says Ryan Sisson, manager of Community & Workplace Partnerships with Careerspace at Trent University. “When students gain meaningful experience working with employers in the community, they graduate with more employable skills and are more likely to continue their careers here, strengthening the local workforce.”
This 12-month career-oriented program, led through Careerspace at Trent, was developed in partnership with the City of Kawartha Lakes and Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development (PKED), and supported through the Government of Ontario’s Skills Development Fund, with the aim of connecting recent graduates with local and rural employers throughout the City of Kawartha Lakes and City & County of Peterborough.
Working in collaboration with local partners
“Helping find opportunities for Trent students and graduates to work with and in our local businesses is good for our communities,” said Rebecca Mustard, manager of Economic Development at the City of Kawartha Lakes. “We’re actively working with community partners to encourage youth to jump in, share their talent, and build their lives in Kawartha Lakes.”
“By building stronger connections between students and local employers, we increase the opportunities to retain these young and educated workforce of the future in our communities after graduation and ensure that our local companies have the right skills for their operations,” says Rhonda Keenan, president & chief executive officer of PKED.
Four-week training program to support job search skills
Utilizing support from the Ontario Skills Development Fund, Trent developed a four-week training program to help emerging and recent graduates with their job search skills.
“I gained more skills and knowledge about navigating the job market and enhancing the likelihood of becoming a successful candidate,” says Heidi Parekh ‘22, a graduate of Trent’s Psychology program, affiliated with Lady Eaton College, who participated in the training. “I can’t say enough positive things about the program’s content, staff, and students.”
“I learned about focused career searching, networking, and personal development, which I will take and share with many folks in my life,” shares Samm Medeiros ’20, a graduate of Trent’s Indigenous Environmental Studies & Science who is affiliated with Lady Eaton College.
Multi-year partnership agreements with local employers
In addition to supporting students with career skills, the program supports local and rural employers with filling skilled job vacancies. Trent recently signed partnership agreements with 40 organizations and has over 350 Work-Integrated Learning opportunities. Gauvreau CPA – which recently signed a multi-year partnership with Trent – is one of them.
“The team at Gauvreau has always been fortunate to welcome such high-performing talent from the Trent University Business programs,” says Derek Kirton, chief operating officer with Gauvreau CPA. “The practical and academic experience obtained at Trent sets graduates up for success in our industry, and we look forward to welcoming many more graduates in the future.”
Learn more about the Community Concierge Program.
The Community Concierge positions are based out of City of Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development, and Careerspace at Trent University. The Skills Development Fund is an Employment Ontario program, funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.
About Trent University
One of Canada's top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that's personal, purposeful and transformative. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. Here, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Today, Trent's unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent's students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues. Trent's Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University Durham Greater Toronto Area, delivers a distinct mix of programming in the east GTA.
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