Getting back to work with Career Leap


With the economy just starting to rebound, people are still struggling to find work. A new and free government-sponsored program serving Airdrie and area, called Career Leap, aims to help residents get back in to the workforce.

“We help individuals who have received unemployment benefits within the past five years or who are currently on EI (Employment Insurance),” said Carla Olson, job place consultant with Career Leap.

“We help them get back into the workforce.”

Olson and the team at Career Leap work with employers and job seekers to find the best fit for both parties.

“There’s so many people that have worked in jobs for sometimes ten years plus – they don’t know how to write a resume. They don’t know how to do a job interview anymore,” Olson said. “They don’t even know how to look for work.”

In addition to finding clients for the right job, Career Leap offers a number of other programs focused on obtaining work.

“We have workshops…on how to write your resume, cover letter, how to apply for jobs, networking, stuff like that,” Olson said.

Workshops run three times a week and are offered at the Airdrie location at 107, 400 Main St. The facility also offers a variety of training courses through the program.

“We have over 7,000 courses online that the clients can take and it’s all free for them,” Olson said. “We can also send them for short-term courses that would be less than two weeks full time and less than six weeks part time.”

For employers looking for the right person, Career Leap can set up unpaid work in order for both parties to get acquainted.

“Our client would go for about a week or two…just to kind of get to know each other a little bit,” Olson said.

Career Leap offers services within Airdrie and Rocky View County. Although Career Leap has been open since the November 2017, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony Feb. 6 at 12:30 p.m. at the office in Airdrie.

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