Vocational Program

Employment Support & Vocational Counseling

Vocational counseling available for clients to increase understanding of vocational choices and options.

A vocational counselor is available to provide links and referrals to programs & services within the agency and in the community.

ODSP Employment Planning

Works in partnership with Ontario Disability Support Program - Employment Supports.

 Individuals work with an employment planner to:

  • Gather information to determine individual interests, strengths and skills

  • Develop employment goals and an action plan leading to competitive employment in the community.

  • Identify barriers to employment and develop strategies to overcome these barriers

  • Prepare for, obtain and maintain competitive employment, work adjustment, volunteer work and/or education

Job Development

Individuals with significant employment barriers work with a job developer to determine a suitable match between a person’s skills and a potential employer.  

The job developer:

  • Prospects employment opportunities through marketing initiatives aimed at employers committed to hiring individuals with significant barriers

  • Actively establishes employer networks

  • Provides job maintenance supports

 Education and Training  

Vocational Workshops:
On-going workshops focus on preparing for employment,  work skills development and personal management  

Vocational Skills Training:
A comprehensive training program for mental health consumers, designed to address significant employment barriers.  A 45 hour program facilitated in a group context.

Training Opportunities: 
Various work placements are available to assist individuals to prepare and assess readiness for employment.  Workplace leadership training is also available.


Employment Opportunities

Friendship Enterprises is an agency sponsored business offering competitive employment opportunities in a supported employment setting. Individuals work in paid jobs with continuous individual support and on the job training. Individuals are assisted in the following ways:

  • Work experience helps to develop symptom management strategies in the workplace

  • Individuals enhance practical work experience that can be used to build resumes and also gain valuable references

  • Work experience increases an individuals confidence, skills, and work behaviours

Volunteer Opportunities

A volunteer co-ordinator is available to work with clients to:

  • Establish volunteer placements within the Vocational Program and in the community

  • Provide ongoing support

Vocational Resource Centre

  • Computer lab

  • Printer, scanner

  • Internet access

  • Telephone access

Various vocational resources including reference books related to resume writing, cover letters and job searching

How to Apply for Services

For further information or to access the Vocational Program contact  (613) 544-1673.

The Vocational Centre is located at:

105-107 Wellington Street
Kingston, Ontario K7L 3C6

Hours of Operation

Monday -  Friday
9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Lunch Program
The lunch program is open Monday – Friday from 10:30am – 1pm for socializing. 
Low cost, nutritious meals are available from 11:30am – 12:30pm.

Hours are subject to slight variation according to need.



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