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Social Service Traineeships

Fred Victor’s Social Service Traineeships provide paid, year-long, on-the-job training opportunities for people with lived experience of homelessness and/or poverty. Many people with lived experience of homelessness and poverty have a desire to work in the social service sector, but for a number of reasons face barriers to finding employment in their chosen field.

The goal of Social Service Traineeships is to provide on-the-job training that a) can give participants relevant, recent experience in social services work and b) will increase their chances of securing long-term employment in this sector in Toronto. After a full year of paid training, Trainees will be ready to apply and successfully take on full or part time employment in social services either at Fred Victor or another service organization in the city.

The resources below have been prepared to share a model that has been successful at Fred Victor and can be adapted by other organizations to meet their own needs.

The Guide to Social Service Traineeships provides a step-by-step overview of the development of the Social Service Traineeship program at Fred Victor. As well, the report provides copies of the documents used in the implementation of the program. 

Trusting Potential is a report on the benefits of hiring people with lived experience of homelessness and poverty, along with approaches to addressing some of the barriers people with lived experience face when looking for employment in the social service sector. 

For additional information about the Social Service Traineeships, please email traineeships@fredvictor.org.

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