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Job Seeker: Workshops & Training


The Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre offers many types of workshops, each one designed to help job seekers at different stages in their job search.

Our workshops are designed to improve your employment opportunities and to provide information on government programs to assist you in upgrading your skills/education.

Please review the current Events Calendar.

Computer Training

Interested in improving your computer skills? Register for our computer training sessions to gain basic skills in the following areas: Introduction to Computers, MS office (Word, Excel, Power Point), and e-job searching.


Ace Your Interviews

Interviews are hard to come by – learn how to optimize your employment opportunity throughout the interview process. Through effective preparation and interview practice learn how to respond to challenging questions while building on your skills and self-confidence.


90 Seconds to a First Impression

A job search is a little like dating – first impressions go a long way. We will learn strategies for making a great first impression and how that will impact all aspects of a job search – from networking and cold calling to interviews.


Building Resiliency

We understand that job seekers go through many different challenges which can take an emotional toll. Learn coping strategies to be more resilient and work to overcome challenges and barriers to entering the workplace.


Financial Literacy - 4 modules

Registration includes all modules (Essential Skills, Budgeting Basics, The Savvy Consumer, Banking Part I and Part II, Taxes and Record Keeping) and a certificate from Employment Ontario, which outlines the training you will complete.


Marketing Yourself & Networking for Success

Tap into the hidden job market and find out first about employment opportunities by networking. Learn how to create a personal brand for yourself, how to capture employer’s attention and leave a lasting impression.


Mentorship Session (Pickering Location)

Are you an internationally trained professional wanting to re-connect with your career in Canada? We can connect you with a Canadian Mentor from a similar occupational background who will help you build your local Professional Network, gain a better understanding of the Canadian work environment, and much more!


Kick Start Your Career Using LinkedIn 

Build your professional network using LinkedIn and make your job search more effective. Learn how to use professional social networks to your advantage, so you can get noticed by employers or recruiters.


Résumés & Cover Letters

You need a résumé and cover letter that ‘will get you in the door’. Improve your opportunity for employment. Learn how to tailor your marketing tools to the job you are interested in and improve your chances of securing an interview. Please bring your existing résumé and cover letter for a feedback following the session.


New! Résumés & Cover Letters for Experienced Workers

Are you an ‘Experienced’ worker frustrated in your job search? Do you feel your age may be a barrier? Then you should join this workshop and learn from the experts on proven methods of promoting your skills and experience that ‘catches the eye’ of employers.


Second Career Orientation - Eligibility & Application/Career Research

Learn how to navigate the application process on the Ministry of Advanced Education Skills Development (MAESD) retraining program. Gain information on the research required to help you in your decision making and to put forward a solid application.

Youth Career Exploration (Eligibility – 15-29 years of age)

Provides youth with increased knowledge of employment and career options and the labour market.

Youth Career Management (Eligibility – 15-29 years of age)

Provides youth with the personal management, learning and work exploration, and life and work decision-making skills needed to adapt to a changing labour market.

Youth Job Search, Readiness and Matching (Eligibility – 15-29 years of age)

Provides youth with the skills to conduct an independent job search and provide on-the-job skills to effectively integrate into the workforce.


Weekdays Passport to Safety Training (Pickering Location)

The Passport to Safety is an online test and transcript program that consists of straightforward, no-fail multiple choice tests to help eliminate needless injuries and preventable deaths of Canadians in a workplace. Passport to Safety supports the vision that Canadians have the power to influence the evolution of safe workplace cultures.


WHMIS Orientation (Pickering Location)

The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Orientation will allow you to recognize hazardous materials which exist in your workplace, to work safely, and recognize hazard symbols, labels and material safety data sheets. At the end of the session you will understand the responsibilities of both employees and employers when handling hazardous materials in the workplace. Participants will receive a WHMIS certificate upon completion.


Weekdays Self-Directed MS Office Tutorials (Pickering Location)

Learn Basic, Intermediate and Advanced computer skills through computer based tutorials (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) to help you improve your Microsoft skills. We also offer the Mavis Beacon tutorial for keyboarding exercises and speed testing skills.


Weekdays Self-Directed Quick Books & Simply Accounting Programs (Pickering Location)

QuickBooks will teach you how to use special features from entering data to tracking billable hours, managing inventory, working with merchant services, managing payroll, and much more.


*Please Note: We reserve the right to cancel/reschedule workshops due to low enrolment. All attempts will be made to notify registrants ahead of time.

Send us your feedback. If you are interested in workshop that is not listed in the current Events Calendar, we would like to hear from you. Your feedback is crucial to the development of educational training at the Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre.



Job Seeker Workshops & Training


Schedule an Appointment

Take advantage of the services, programs and job search workshops available. Please call to schedule an appointment to meet with an Employment Counsellor in Oshawa or Pickering to explore options available to you.