Getting Ready for Employment and Training (G.R.E.A.T.)

The G.R.E.A.T. Program is a 14-week program is the result of a partnership between Nunavut Arctic College and the Nunavut Government: Department of Family Services and is specifically for income assistance recipients. It was launched in 2015 and is on-going.
The purpose of the program is to support Income Assistance recipients to make successful entry into the labour force and become employed and/or pursue further training and education.
G.R.E.A.T. Program focuses on essential skill building and work readiness.
The program is 14 weeks long consisting of six College courses:
• Career and College Exploration 130/140
The Career and College Exploration course introduces students to a variety of career choices through various presentations made by people working in their community. Learners must complete project work to successfully complete the course.
• ES Communications 1 and ES Numeracy 1
Numeracy and oral communication are key essential skills in today’s workplace. A number of entry-level occupations and the exact communications and numeracy skills people need in order to succeed in Nunavut’s most common jobs have been identified.
• Introduction to Computers: Learners learn how to use aspects of Word and Excel. An overhead projector is used to demonstrate practice material for each unit.

• Job Experience
Many Adult Basic Education learners go on to participate in a job practicum placement in their community, in the Career and College Exploration Practicum course. Learners apply their skills in the work environment with a supervisor in consultation with the College instructor.
The course features 90 hours in a Job Experience program, as learners gain experience working in both the paid and unpaid labour markets. The nature of the work experience is determined in consultation with the instructor and may include simulated group business, volunteer activities, and work placements.
• Portfolio Development
In the Portfolio Development course, learners identify the transferable skills, personal strengths, skills, knowledge, and attitudes that they have learned from all areas of their lives. The resulting portfolio may be used to apply for academic credit related to specific NAC programs, to find employment, and to support learners in achieving other identified life goals.

Location Nunavut
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Pascale Essebou, Nunavut Arctic College

Project Details
Community Urban, Remote
Scope of Project Provincial / Territorial
Target Audience Inuit, Youth (15-30 yrs), Adults (31-49 yrs), Older workers (50+ yrs), Other