Employment

NorQuest's employment certificate programs prepare students to enter the workforce quickly, whether it be in trades, child care, manufacturing, construction, warehousing, food services, building services or other occupations.

These unique programs provide students with marketable skills through work experiences, employment networking opportunities, and workplace-relevant training on current equipment. Students receive ongoing support and mentoring throughout the programs to ensure their future success.

Apprenticeship PrepFull-time

The Apprenticeship Prep program is designed to prepare you for the trade entrance exam and entry into one of 45 designated trades. The focus of the program is on upgrading, practical trades training, and facilitated work experience.

Open House is October 28
Apply for Apprenticeship Prep for Winter 2018 at our Open House and have your application fee waived!
Day Home ProviderFull-time

As a day home provider, you will play an important role in a child's development. This program will teach you about early childhood programming, job presentation skills, and how to run a home-based day home business. If you love children, this will be a rewarding career.

This program is designed for English language learners.

Transitions to EmploymentFull-time

This 10-month program is designed to provide employment preparation training for adults with mild developmental disabilities. Our post-secondary setting enables learners to further their education beyond high school to transition to the workforce.

Through a combination of classroom and workplace training, you will acquire marketable skills, training on current equipment and understanding of current practices, and increased self-confidence while receiving ongoing, intensive support and mentoring from college staff.

Apprenticeship Prep Math
Develop your practical math skills to the level required for Alberta apprenticeship.
Apprenticeship Prep Science
Develop the science skills you need to write the Trades Entrance Exam for apprenticeship.
Apprenticeship Prep Science-Lab
Apply scientific theory in a science laboratory.
Business of a Day Home
Learn about the business aspects of owning and operating a day home, including keeping child-care and financial records, the advantages of working for a day home agency, and promoting your day home.
Career Management
Get to know and understand what employers expect of you as an employee.  Learn about how you are expected to behave at work. Develop the essential skills of working with others, planning and organizing job tasks, oral communication, and continuous learning. You will have the opportunity to earn special certification related to your work such as WHMIS, first aid, and fork-lift training.
Communication Technology
Improve and develop your computer use and thinking skills.  This course will give you the technical knowledge you need to share your thoughts and ideas electronically. You will also have the opportunity to develop critical thinking while on the internet. You will also have a chance to practice job tasks using different kinds of communicative technology.
Communications for Day Home Providers
Develop your skills in listening and using verbal and non-verbal communication. Learn about active listening, verbal communication, body language, and other non-verbal communication. Develop skills to communicate with and support families. Learn appropriate guidance strategies.
Computer Skills and Communication
Gain an understanding of basic computer applications that allow you to use email, search the Internet, and do word processing. If you already have basic computer skills, you will have the opportunity to explore other Microsoft Office Suite applications. Develop your communication skills using authentic materials related to your trade area of interest.
Computer Training
Learn basic computer skills related to your work in child care. Topics in this course include introduction to the computer, using the Internet, using Microsoft Word, and using electronic correspondence.
Employability and Safety Skills I
This course is designed to provide the basic knowledge and skill training that employees need to avoid injury at work. In addition, students will have the opportunity to earn certification related to job safety and complete activities related to employment preparation and awareness of on-the-job issues.
Employment Preparation
Look into various employment opportunities. Make the right career choice. Take part in applying for a job. Understand your rights and responsibilities as an employee. You can do all this when you develop your essential skills in reading text, document use, thinking, writing, computer use, and oral communication.  This course will prepare you for employment.
Financial Literacy and Numeracy I
Develop your numeracy skills. This course will give you the foundation for money math, scheduling, budgeting and accounting math, measurement and calculation math, and numerical estimation. You will learn how to manage your finances and how to perform job tasks that require math.
Financial Literacy and Numeracy II
Continue to develop your numeracy skills. This course will give you the foundation for learning about money math, scheduling, budgeting and accounting math, measurement and calculation math, and numerical estimation. You will continue to learn how to manage your finances and how to perform job tasks that require math.
Food, Nutrition, and Health
Develop an understanding of Canada’s Food Guide as it relates to young children and the importance of a healthy diet to the well-being of children. Learn to plan and prepare nutritious snacks and meals and to use good hygiene habits in the day home.
Human Relations I
Learn how to communicate well and appropriately at work and in your personal life. The essential skills that you will develop in this course are oral communication, thinking, and working with others.
Human Relations II
Continue to learn how to communicate well and to behave appropriately and follow social rules at work and in your personal life.  In this course, you will learn how to communicate, think, and work with others in order to improve your understanding of your role and responsibilities as an adult. You will also learn how to have appropriate social conversations.
Introduction to Child Care and Child Development
Learn about the importance of caregiving and the various roles and responsibilities the caregiver assumes. Study the physical, creative, intellectual, social, and emotional development of children through the early years. Use your knowledge of how children develop and learn in order to plan activities and choose play materials.
Learning Through Play
Gain an understanding of the value and the characteristics of children’s play and its importance to children’s development. Learn how to choose appropriate play materials and plan play experiences that create rich learning environments.
Literacy and Language Development
Understand the development of literacy and language in young children. Explore the principles and milestones of language development. Learn to promote language development and to encourage the development of pre-reading and pre-writing skills.
Observation 2
Complete an observation placement in a child-care setting. Learn about professional behaviour in the child-care setting, effective communication, and relating theory and learning to real-life experiences. Observe interactions between children and their caregivers.
Observation I
Complete an observation placement in a child-care setting. Learn about professional behaviour in the child-care setting and observing and recording behaviour. Demonstrate reliable and responsible work habits.
Practicum I
Demonstrate your skills and knowledge of best practices in child care in a supervised program. Plan and implement programs as part of your practicum placement. Write theme plans that encourage growth in the different areas of child development, and use the theme plans to develop daily and weekly plans.
Preparation for Work
Prepare to open your day home business. Earn adult, child, and infant first aid certificates, as well as adult, child, and infant CPR certificates. Learn to prepare a professional portfolio, finalize your resource kit, and prepare your home.
Professionalism and Ethics
Study ethical behaviour in the field of child care. Learn to recognize child abuse and understand your obligations in the case of abuse. Learn about supporting children who have been exposed to family violence.
Program Planning and Implementation
Use your knowledge and skills from previous courses to organize, plan, and implement programs for a safe, secure, and caring learning environment. Learn to plan for routines and transitions and to use community resources when planning.
Recreation and Community Living I
Prepare for independent living and employment. In this course, you will have a mentor from the community whom you can talk to about work and life. You will take part in recreational activities on and off campus so that you develop a healthy and active lifestyle. You will also have a chance to be a volunteer.  The essential skills that you will develop in this course are oral communication, document use, reading text, and thinking.
Recreation and Community Living II
Continue to prepare for independent living and employment. In this course, you will have a mentor from the community whom you can talk to about work and life. You will take part in field trips, health and wellness activities, and classroom lab activities. You will also have a chance to be a volunteer.  The essential skills that you will develop in this course are oral communication, document use, reading text, and thinking.
Safety and Emergency Planning
Learn how to plan a safe environment for children. Learn about government and licensing regulations, planning for health and safety in the day home, preparing emergency plans, performing risk assessments, developing safety rules, and completing accident and incident report forms.
Work Experience I
Explore the work environment and apply essential employment skills with support from NorQuest College staff. Acquire new employment skills relevant to your work placement.
Work Experience II
Apply and develop the employment skills and essential skills you have learned in the program. You will have support from NorQuest College staff.
Work Experience III - APR
Explore the work environment while receiving support and mentoring from experienced College staff. Learn about the expectations of employers, and acquire the skills necessary to be successful in the career of your choice.
Workplace Culture
This participatory, personal reflective course equips students with the effective communication and intercultural skills required to be successful in the Canadian workplace.  Central to the delivery of this course is the infusion of culturally appropriate topics, employment-related critical incidents, and discussions.