To connect Skills Bank members to jobs posted by residents, businesses, and community organizations.
To link people to training opportunities or host training workshops when needed.
Conduct research on the social economy and work
Skills Bank’s History
The community saw a need for people to become more involved in the local economy. A system for linking skills to jobs or training opportunities was needed. Through a university-community research project, we started interviewing residents. A database of skills was created in the summer of 2004 and in November 2004, the Skills Bank opened to the public. Since then, over 200 odd jobs are filled annually with reliable and skilled workers.
Employer X. has been working with another carpenter/labourer G., constructing our raised wooden garden beds, storage, benches and compost boxes. They’ve worked very efficiently and independently, according to the drawings and instructions we gave them. They’ve been very pleasant to work with and have impressed all the Daniel McIntyre / St. Matthews Community Association (DMSMCA) staff and the partners we’ve been working with on these garden projects. They’ve been referred and hired by related projects as a result of their work with us, which is a great indication of their success.”-Heather Stewart
Workers, aside from the fact that an individual can find occasional casual work through the Skills Bank, for me personally, I have found that it is also a great way to network future labour possibilities, as well as find resources to assist me in creating my own job market. The staff support has been ongoing and it?s a great part of why I look forward to doing more with the Skills Bank.” -Bear
Benefits for Skills Bank Members
Eligibility for odd jobs, training and trading opportunities
Access to workshops on job searching skills, small business resources and small tools for jobs
Links to work for home-based business
Benefits of Hiring from the Skills Bank
Access to local carpenters, general labourers, roofers, child care providers, and more for excellent prices
Access to part time services like receptionists
Energy savings – home winterization by trained workers
Access to small tool rentals