What We Do
STEP works to ensure objectives are met.
Many employment programs place candidates in positions without verifying their skill history or desire to achieve accreditation. STEP works with employees and employers to ensure both parties’ needs are met.
This is how we do it.
The Connector Model
The success of these programs has been largely attributable to the delivery model created for STEP which is called the “Connector” model. This model utilizes “Trades Employment Specialists” (TES) who are field representatives that create and build on relationships with employers, and provide them with employable candidates who have been properly assessed using our own animated Assessment Tools.
Potential candidates receive general information about our program via “Information Sessions”, and if they are interested, are provided a “One-on-One” interview to determine their eligibility based on funding criteria.
Those that qualify, then undergo a “Complete Assessment” utilizing the STEP assessment tools to identify and create an “Action Plan” to put them the path to employment. The Action Plan will identify any existing barriers that could impede the individual from gaining employment by providing the necessary directives and support to overcome the barriers when possible.
Employment Barrier Mitigation
Once the Action Plan initiatives have been met, and the candidate is ready to pursue formal training or actual employment, the candidate will again be interviewed to determine if there are any extraordinary barriers to direct training or employment, such as financial constraints, availability of safety clothing, transportation, interim living allowance, interim day care, etc. The above identified barriers will be addressed with a unique process STEP has developed called the Innovation Fund (IF) which we have identified as the catalyst to direct training and employment results. The IF funds are incorporated into the contract value; can be accessed by the local Trades Employment Specialist (TES) to provide immediate resolution to the identified barriers. Access to the Innovation Funds is facilitated through a formal application process which is screened and signed off by the STEP Regional Manager and the STEP Provincial Manager.
The TES continues to maintain contact with the employer and employee to ensure that a good fit has been made for both parties and to address any issues or concerns that can arise during the transition period.