Pre-Employment Programs

Key Industries currently provides eight pre-employment programs.  Registration regulations varies for each.  Please check the details below for your program of interest for additional information.


Our 14-week pre-employment social skills program.

Take the first step towards second nature

Ways to Work offers workplace social communication skills training in the areas of Effective Communication, Conflict Resolution, Workplace Sensitivity, Self-Awareness, and Self-Monitoring. This 14-week pre-employment program provides a fun, safe, and supportive environment to allow participants to explore, practice, and enhance workplace social skills during the transition to the workforce.


Adults living with social communication barriers who are out of school, unemployed, under-employed, or require assistance while on the job and/or those who require assistance with social employability skills are perfect candidates for this program.


Program referrals must be made by a Social Worker or Case Manager through Social Development or Employment Counselor through an approved Employment Assistance Services agency.


Monday to Thursday, 9:00 am until 2:15 pm, and Friday, 9 am to 12:00 pm.


Our job search and maintenance follow-up program for Ways to Work.

Building the Foundation for Future Success

Job Search Central is the follow-up to the Ways to Work program and is offered by seat availability. This program has a high success rate for participants finding and maintaining employment or beginning a program at a university or college and assists individuals in gaining the soft skills necessary to achieve their goals.

While building confidence and social communication in a safe, accessible environment, participants will be supported in creating their resumes and cover letters, practising interview skills, and identifying their skills and job interests. Job Search Central provides participants with access to:

• Job and Participant Matching
• Workplace Preparation
• Employer and Employee Support
• Training Assistance
• Interactive Job-Related Training
• Post-Employment Support


Those who have completed the Ways to Work program and have a strong desire and motivation to maintain meaningful employment are invited to participate in this exciting program. Anyone who has completed Ways to Work can reach out to our staff for enrollment information.


Those who have completed the Ways to Work program have a strong desire and motivation to maintain meaningful employment and live with one or more of the following are invited to participate in this exciting program.
• Autism Spectrum Disorder
• Intellectual Disabilities
• Learning Disabilities
• Mobility or Physical Disabilities
• Mental Health Disorders
• Blind or Low Vision
• Deaf or Hard of Hearing


There are two groups of Job Search Central participants. One group attends Monday and Tuesday, and the other attends Thursday and Friday. Hours of operation are 9:00 am-12:00 pm.


Our onsite job coaching program.

Mentorship and support for employment success

Key Industries offers unique Job Coaching services and benefits for persons living with a disability and for their employers. We assist employers in their recruitment, hiring and retention of employees living with disabilities. Key Industries case manages participants with a realistic employment action plan (in partnership with a community employment services agency), who experience barriers to employment and who require interventions specific to on-the-job training and employment maintenance. This mentorship and support are the catalysts for participant success.

Job Coaches support both the individual and the employer – these are the primary customers of a Job Coach. Participants must meet the eligibility criteria rules and regulations for Post-Secondary Education Training and Labor (PETL) and Employment Assistance Services (EAS) Programs.  This program is offered in the Fundy Region of New Brunswick.


Our individualized job development program

Job development through networking

Our job development services include research on the local labour market, identifying gaps in employment opportunities for the individuals we support, and connecting with potential employers to create strong job matches to increase and support labour market participation in our community.

We work to empower individuals experiencing barriers to achieve personal, community, and economic independence through various community partnerships with our job development and coaching services. We facilitate networking opportunities for employers who have gained reliable employees from our services, and employers who may be interested in accessing our services to share success stories while supporting job seekers to obtain and maintain long-term, meaningful employment.


Our Social Development-funded program for persons on Income Assistance.

Dream, believe and achieve!

IN MOTION is a Social Development program that supports you to move in a direction that feels good for you.  Your life experience, skills, important connections, and wisdom are valued. You control your future!

You will: Discover what is most important to you Build, extend, and become aware of your skills, strengths, and supports Create a vision for your life that feels right, exciting, and possible

What does it look like?

Small group (10 people or fewer) Relaxed mood, no pressure, fun activities, refreshments

Three weeks for three days per week
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The life you want to live

Once In Motion is completed, what’s next?

Your case manager will support you in moving in the direction you have chosen. You will be offered the option to attend Part 2 of the program called MOMENTUM.

You will: Continue to move toward your vision to achieve your goals. Make your community even better by participating in a project with which you identify and develop. Achieve success, take charge, and enjoy life

What does it look like?

Small group (12 people or fewer) Relaxed mood, no pressure, fun activities, refreshments

Four weeks for four days per week
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Our ten week Workplace Essential Skills program that incorporates training in nine essential workplace areas

Workplace Essential Skills Job Seekers Program

This training is aimed at helping adults who are seeking employment and require additional essential skills to succeed. The Job Seekers component provides the potential for job placement at the end of this 10-week program. Participants need to identify their interest in an area of employment and have a resume.

Who should take Workplace Essential Skills Job Seekers?

People interested in entry-level work such as retail, cleaning, landscaping, food service, and more; people who have limited work experience or who have not worked for an extended period; and people who have a career goal and are motivated to do the sort of work they are capable of doing.

How does the program work?

WES Job Seekers runs from 9:00-2:00, Monday – Thursday and 9:00-12:00 on Friday.

The course content and learning strategies are flexible. The learning activities focus on the specific tasks associated with an individual’s or group’s desired occupation and include skills such as document use, working with others, oral communication and thinking skills.

All participants must be case-managed through Post-Secondary Education Training and Labour, Social Development or a provincially funded Employment Agency to be eligible for participation.


Our only fully bilingual provincial pre-employment mentoring program.


What is it? 

In Sept 2018, Focus Forward changed from a direct delivery (facilitator teaches learners) to a mentoring (mentor teaches staff) approach. This approach will help ESSP agencies implement Essential Skills in:

  • Employment-focused programs & job coaching
  • Daily valued activities, life skills and other non-employment programming.

Essential Skills can be implemented into your agency how you see fit. 

What is the commitment? 

The five regional mentors will work with the staff’s busy schedules to be able to find times to deliver the Essential Skills methodology content, usually in person. The time commitment is flexible, but we recommend 1-2 sessions per week, which can be split between the mentoring (staff) and demo classes (working with clients).

Agencies will be required to choose staff to participate in the program. It could be human service counsellors, job coaches, employment coordinators, executive directors, or anyone who works with clients. Some agencies choose only one staff, while some choose many. There is no cost for the program. Participating agencies will receive an abundance of resources to help implement essential skills and educational programs for their clients.

The Content for Staff
Essential Skills Methodology for:

  1. Introduction to Essential Skills
  2. Essential Skills Profiles & How to Use Them
  3. Assessing Essential Skills
  4. Essential Skills Resources & How to use them
  5. Essential Skills Enhancement Planning-ESEP (continuous )

For Clients
Essential Skills for Work & Life. The nine Essential Skills are:

  1. Numeracy
  2. Reading
  3. Problem-Solving
  4. Collaboration
  5. Communication
  6. Writing
  7. Creativity & Innovation
  8. Adaptability
  9. Digital Skills


Our brand new innovative, live and virtual, vocational simulator program.

Bridging goals to success through innovation

THE BRIDGE is an avant-garde program assisting marginalized individuals, or those experiencing barriers to employment, in a workplace simulation environment. Participants progress at their own pace, applying a “level-up” approach to lights, sound, social, and workload increases to enhance job site confidence.

THE BRIDGE allows individuals to explore and develop in-demand skills in an innovative “try-before-you-buy” approach to occupational exposure. We offer five task stations using actual workplace equipment and a feature room using augmented and virtual reality.


Program referrals must be made by a Social Worker or Case Manager through Social Development, or Employment Counselor through an approved Employment Assistance Services agency.

Program Contact


Employment Services Manager

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