Queen's Career Gateway Program

The Queen’s Career Gateway Program is a developing project to create employment pathways and learning opportunities at Queen’s University for vulnerable persons within the Kingston community, particularly newcomers to Canada, refugees, and individuals belonging to equity-deserving groups.

Participants of the program will develop in-demand skills as casual Cleaners to position them as viable candidates for future Caretaker opportunities. Through the Queen’s Career Gateway Program, Queen’s will be able to attract a more diverse applicant pool as well as develop additional talent within the Kingston community to meet the custodial needs of the university. Moreover, this program will help to remove barriers for refugees in Kingston who may find it difficult to find employment.

This program will equip me with the necessary skills to express my potential at the workplace. It will greatly enhance my communication skills, thereby empowering me to effectively engage with my co-workers and clients. This in turn, will substantially increase my productivity at the workplace. Equally important, is that I develop my English skills, I will be able to explore further opportunities to grow in the Queen’s community. I look forward to taking part in this program and getting empowered to accomplish my job more effectively.

Akelat Kebede
Program Participant

Along with gaining on-the-job experience, the program will include a micro-credential education program for the participants. This micro-credential programming, offered by the School of English, will support newly recruited team members through the program to improve their English language skills. The program will include paid release time from work to attend language training for non-native speakers, specifically focusing on language for the workplace, and other course content.

The Queen’s Career Gateway Program is aligned with the university’s Strategic Goal #5: Embedding Queen’s in the community and will ideally increase the university’s social impact by strengthening its local partnerships within the community. Furthermore, the program aligns with the university’s commitment to building a more diverse workplace by providing equitable opportunities for employment.

This project is co-led by the Office of the Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration) and the Human Rights and Equity Office, in partnership with Human Resources, and the School of English. The program is being sponsored by Facilities in collaboration with the Kingston Immigration Partnership and is endorsed by the City of Kingston. It will be piloted within the Custodial Support Services (CSS) team with the intention to expand the program to other areas of the university.