Last year our organization hired Gillian Johnston to deliver one of the mandatory training courses for certification under Career Development Practitioner CDPCBO. There are many types of training competing for scarce resources in the not for profit employment sector. From my perspective, this sector has suffered for many years from inconsistent or sometimes nonexistent training. As the sector matures it has always seemed to me that it would be in the best interests of our staff to have them trained in the accepted fundamentals of the profession and then I could be assured that our clients were getting service from an organization that was committed to quality professional development. Having staff with this recognized fundamental training strengthens our agency at its core and then allows individual staff to pursue their own interests and specialties to meet the ever changing needs of our dynamic labour market.
~ Bill Pigram, Manager, Community Employment Choices
As a certified Career Development Practitioner, your expertise and experience will be formally recognized and, as others join you, Career Development will be recognized as a rigorous field that creates value for individuals, employers, communities, our province and our country.
~ Sareena Hopkins, M.Ed., GCDF, Executive Director, CCDF, Chair CCCD
The Board of Directors and Management (Russell Reid) of the Regional Employment Help Centre are supporting the certification process for its staff by investing the necessary staff time and financial resources. The entire application process is an excellent professional learning experience for the group as they work together compiling their individual portfolios, sharing their varied personal experiences and professional growth serving the North Algoma Region. Certification validates the work we do and the professional quality of REHC staff.
~ Russell Reid, Board of Directors and Management
The ethical standards training taught staff how to conduct business with our employers and the clients we serve in a more consistent manner. Knowledge of the different theories makes us better prepared for assisting our clients through career decision making and career transitions. Providing this training to staff and our colleagues in other organizations is part of our commitment to staff wanting to continue on to certification as Career Development Practitioners.
~ June Muir, Chief Executive Officer
YES Employment Services (Thunder Bay) is dedicated to the continual professional development of every staff member including Leadership. It is a long-term goal to have everyone take all the necessary training to become an Accredited Career Development Practitioner. We have completed the Theory and Ethics Course and Common Assessment Training with Gillian Johnston, who is an experienced instructor and a fantastic person.
The end goal is to give our staff more resources to help with the case management of their clients and their relationships with employers in our community. Ultimately it will enhance their professional growth leading to personal and agency success.
~ Dianna Atkinson, Executive Director
KEYS Job Centre is leading the way in south-eastern Ontario in their commitment to staff and the profession in providing financial and time support to enable staff to gain the two mandatory courses and certification as Career Development Practitioners. KEYS is also acting as a catalyst for other service providers in the area sharing best practices about professional development and certification. KEYS believes that the investment in staff will result in even better service to clients and program outcomes.
~ Trish McNamara, Program Manager
As a group at World Skills Employment Centre, we see the value in certification for ourselves, our profession and our organization. Certification gives more credence to the profession; ensures consistency and best practices across the board; gives more credibility and respect to those holding certification, and demonstrates a commitment to on-going learning and professional development.
~ Peggy Kelly, Liaison, Work Place Language Training and Chairperson for Professional Development