Essential Skills

These programs include career and life skills training with a focus on literacy, numeracy, oral and written communication, document use and continuous learning. Essential Skills are a collection of necessary skills that an individual needs to compete in the workplace. They help support the upgrading of skills at work and in everyday life and can take the form of assessment, learning and employment training supports.

e-Employment Career Counselling (e-ECC)

e-Employment/Career Counselling  offers convenient, quick and confidential access to employment information and services to newcomers throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Connecting with newcomer and communities across the province through e-counselling services improves employment prospects, contributes to more successful integration and the overall economic growth of rural Newfoundland and Labrador.

Career Essentials

Career Essentials incorporates one on one counselling and group seminars to assist AXIS clients with preparing for the Canadian workplace.

Target Clients: 

Immigrants and refugees

Networks Job Start

Networks is a job start program designed to help newcomers identify personal career goals, develop essential skills and increase self-confidence for successful entry into the Canadian workplace. A Job Coach assists participants in their search for employment through a series of workshops and targeted online activities.

Target Clients: 

Immigrants and refugees

New Beginnings

New Beginnings is a full time employment preparation and skills training program for adults who have experienced barriers to employment or who have had long periods of unemployment as the result of mental health issues or other events in their lives. Participants take part in learning basic life skills, communication skills, career exploration, creative workshops and job search.

SESP Single Parent Employment Support Programs

A program to assist single parents in receipt of social assistance to reenter the workforce. Participants take part in 5-6 weeks of half day classes which cover job readiness and life skills. The program runs 5 groups per year in St. John's and 4 groups in Carbonear. Start dates are mid-September, late October, mid-January, mid-March and mid- May.

Target Clients: 

Single parents on income support (for at least the past 3 months).
PLEASE NOTE: We can now accept clients on income support who have EI reachback status.

Building Maintenance Worker (Certificate)

A 12-week non-credit certificate program which provides training in practical skills and commercial cleaning procedures for a variety of settings. The training reflects performance and knowledge standards required in the industry and emphasizes practical application of skills.  Program includes: 6 weeks classroom/practical instruction by College of North Atlantic Instructor/industry expert, 3 weeks classrom instruction in personal development  by College of North Atlantic Instructor plus 3 week  work exposure and job shadowing.


Target Clients: 

30 -64 year olds, receiving income support and grade 10 education or mature student status based on pre-evaluation tools outcomes. Income Support Recipients who are 18-29 are also considered. 

Career Connections

Career Connections incorporates group discussion and individualized tasks to assist newcomers with preparing for an entry-level position in their chosen field of study.

The workshop series provides practical tools and information to help Job Seekers develop the skills required for the Canadian work place and is a prerequisite for participation in the STEP and IPP programs. (Maximum of 8 participants for each group session)

Target Clients: 

Immigrants and refugees

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