KEE is accepting clients & referrals online - conducting phone intake interviews
The KEE Program has re-opened with new referral procedures and operations to ensure safety during the COVID 19 Pandemic.
Please do not send clients at this time to come in person to our offices as Information Sessions are not being held until further notice (please check back for more details). We are doing online/telephone intakes. There will still be an educational component to the program.
We hope referrers will be understanding as we navigate this new employment landscape. Rest assure, we will do our best to help all clients accepted into KEE under our new intake procedures.
As always, we welcome open communication with EIA Staff, feel free to contact us for updates, questions or concerns. Take care and thank you for your continued support of the KEE Program!
Referrals for E&IA clients can only come from Manitoba Education & Training (111 Lombard Staff) and Jobs on Market. Please send your client to PSU/ITES for approval.
Referrals must be work ready. It is not uncommon for clients to be working within a day or two of meeting with us so it's important that they can be contacted easily and are ready for this change in their lives.
In order for us to help:
– Clients must have a phone number they can be reached at directly (ideally with voicemail).
- Having a resume and email access (that they check daily) is a bonus for quick placements.
- The more flexible they are to work a wide variety of shifts, the easier it will be to help them get hired.
- If your client has a criminal record, it is much harder for us to help them attain employment. We can only accept clients with "non-serious" charges like possession, domestic or driving charges.
- We are a fast program so clients be ready to start work quickly (average time before they are offered a job is two to three weeks)
- Clients must be willing and able to work no less than 30 hours per week to be eligible. If clients only want part-time work or have work permits that prevent them from working this amount of time, they would not be eligible.
- Clients must be willing to stick with the job for months to come to be eligible. If the client is just looking for something temporary or is known to quit jobs regularly, they would not be eligible for KEE.
Since we will be representing clients to employers, if we feel like we are unable to act confidently on their behalf, we reserve the right to only accept clients we can represent into the program. If a client sent to us shows no interest in taking our program or working for an employer we suggest, that’s up to them. We do not attempt to talk anyone into working with us or an employer as that has never worked out in the past and has only cost us valuable relationships with employers which in turn has cost many other clients employment opportunities with those employers.
If you have a concern or complaint:
We always welcome open communication with E&IA Staff. Please feel free to contact us directly for updates or clarifications. Should there be any concerns about our program, employment sites or staff, we ask that E&IA staff please address us directly so we can do our best to sort things out or they are welcome to contact the Program Director, Lesley Harrison at 204/942-4579, email firstname.lastname@example.org or write c/o Knox United Church, 400 Edmonton St. Winnipeg, MB, R3B 2M2 (this is also our mailing address)
· Hotel (room attendants, counter, etc.)
· Restaurants (servers, cooks, dishwashers, etc.)
· Sales Associates (retail & telesales)
· Warehouse/Production/Assembly Workers
· Commercial Cleaners/Janitorial Staff
· Food Counter Personnel
· General Labourers
· Class 1 Drivers (license needed)
· Help Desk Associates & More!
Please note - the above is not a menu of jobs that we have available. Job availability and types of jobs change constantly and in most cases are still subject to the client having a successful job interview. The employers we help find staff do the hiring, so the decision to hire a client is theirs to make.
Knox Employment Entry Program
400 Edmonton Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2M2, Canada.
KEE is a unique program because we not only put clients through a valuable series of work-related and job attaining workshops but actually place people in jobs (when jobs are available through our contacts). This means, however, that we are limited by the work requirements of our different employers. For example, if the job is physically demanding, we can only send people who are physically able to do that sort of work.
The vast amount of employers we work with require clients to have a clean criminal record (depending on current available job openings, exceptions may be made for old DUI, possession or domestic charges). If you know of any employers that will hire people with criminal records, we would be grateful for the information so we can establish relationships with them so we can better serve clients with records.
Clients must be willing to commit to the job for months to come and be willing to work 30 hours a week or more.
In efforts to maintain good relationships with employers so they keep hiring our clients, our clients must be reliable, be in touch and follow action plans in order to obtain a job placement through our program.
Clients must be able to clearly communicate directly with employers, co-workers and customers in writing, over the phone and/or in person. We are looking for new employers that will hire clients with limited English skills, if you know of any, we would be grateful for their contact information so we can help serve this demographic looking for employment. English Level 6 is recommended however depending on opportunities available at that time, we may accept Level 5.
If clients have children, they require to have reliable child care in place.
Clients referred to KEE should not be dealing with any addiction issues that would affect their employment, and be physically and mentally healthy. If client is dealing with any of these issues, for our program to help them succeed, these issues must be under control and not affect them doing their job search, attending workshops on time or impact their performance on the work site when they are hired. Fortunately, there are other agencies who specialize in helping this demographic attain employment, we may be able to provide a referral should another program be a better fit.
*We will help your client the best that we can within the eligibility conditions*
We are a small non-profit program that does our best to help clients, we also maintain a safe working environment. It is important to note that all areas of the Knox Employment Entry Program are no-abuse zones. Anyone who verbally abuses, threatens or expresses aggression or other behaviour to make any staff in the building, an employer or anyone related to the KEE Program (in person, by email or by phone) uncomfortable or unsafe, their file with KEE will be closed permanently and that person will not be welcome in the building.
KEE is a small program with limited staff so outside of scheduled appointments, we are by appointment only.
400 Edmonton Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2M2, Canada.
By appointment: We are at the north side of Portage Place, across from Central Park at the corner of Edmonton & Qu’appelle in the Knox Church. Please go through the main doors of 406 Edmonton Street. When inside, enter the doors on the left.