Affirmative
Ventures Association

Building Lives for 25 Years
One Home, One Job, One Friend at a time


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Jobs

At Affirmative Ventures we believe helping people work makes a difference. Our "Way to Work" program is a 12-week employment orientation service that helps clients take their first steps towards gaining competitive employment.

Employment Services

Skill development workshops and on-job training at one of Affirmative Ventures' businesses help participants build basic skills and develop general workplace knowledge. High impact job coaching services also help employers find valuable employees for their businesses.

Program areas for skill development include the following:

  • Customer Service
  • Merchandising
  • Administrative Duties
  • Bank Recordings & Deposits
  • Supplier Relations
  • Handling & Counting Cash
  • Filling & Receiving Orders
  • Sales
  • Business Promotion

Programming also includes assessments and training sessions to help ensure participants achieve employment objectives and financial stability as follows:

  1. Evaluations to determine the desire and commitment to work
  2. Skill assessments to identify interests, strengths and attitudes towards work
  3. SMART employment objectives using job skills development planning
  4. Employability skills and workplace knowledge information sessions
  5. On job training opportunities and job coaching with community employers
  6. Resume building sessions
  7. Financial Literacy Workshops

If you are motivated to work, want to get a job and need help getting a job, this program may be just what you're looking for.

Download Our Referral Form to participate in the program

Financial Literacy Training

Tired of bills you cannot pay? Loosing sleep from financial worry? Our Skills To Pay The Bills is a ten part workshop series that will help you take charge of your money and plan for your future. We also offer a Financial Hub on Friday mornings where you can meet with a facilitator, one on one, to discuss your financial situation. We can also schedule meetings around your work schedule, or when is most convenient for you.

This service is proudly supported by the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia.

  • Figure out where your money goes.
  • Create a budget and a plan to make it work.
  • Learn about good and bad credit.
  • Learn about debt and how to get out of it.
  • Understanding fraud and scams.
  • Learn to save and invest for the future.

On Job Training

Our On Job Training program at Affirmative Ventures uses our 3 retail based, social enterprises to teach program participants key skills they will require for future jobs in our communities.

  • Petstuff On The Go

    is a full service pet store offering pet food, accessories and supplies for a variety of our furry friends. The store includes a full service grooming room, where participants have the opportunity to work alongside our experienced groomer. The store also includes a product delivery service creating opportunities for participants to develop additional workplace skills.
    Visit our online store at www.petstuffonthego.ca

  • Common Values Emporium

    is a small gift section currently incorporated in the Pet Stuff on the Go storefront. This business offers an assortment of low-cost goods as well as retail shelf space for local entrepreneurs with a disability with unique products. We are always looking to expand our product offering here, if you or anyone you know fit our entrepreneurial model, please feel free to contact us!

  • Mort's Convenience

    is a convenience store housed within a senior citizen's apartment complex in Dartmouth, providing service to the tenants.

Job Coaching / Development

Participants in the employment training program work daily alongside one of our job coaches who assist with discovering, developing and nurturing new skill sets. Our job coaches work with each participant to determine their desire & commitment to work, interests, strengths, employment objectives, and appropriate work opportunities.

Job coaches also facilitate a series of workplace workshops during the employment training program. Workshops vary dependent upon the assessed needs of our clients, yet often include a job skills assessment, job skills development planning, resume building, interview training and attitude & teamwork in the workplace.

Job Coaches are responsible for instituting the "Walk About" program during employment training which encourages able participants to walk 10,000 steps a day. This aids in developing workplace endurance and durability while promoting living a healthy lifestyle.

In conjunction with job coaching, we have a community job developer who works with community employers, agencies, and other members to identify appropriate employment opportunities for program participants. When an employment opportunity is recognized and an interview is secured, the job developer will administer interview training and where appropriate attend interviews with the client. When a job is secured the job developer will work alongside the client on-the-job until both parties are comfortable with them working independently.

Entrepreneurship

Common Values Emporium is a small gift section currently incorporated in the Pet Stuff on the Go storefront. This business offers an assortment of goods as well as retail shelf space for local entrepreneurs with a disability with unique products. We are always looking to expand our product offering here. If you or anyone you know fit our entrepreneurial model, please feel free to contact us.

Download Our Referral Form to participate in the program

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