SOURCE: Emotional Quotient Trainers

February 16, 2016 08:30 ET

Non-Profit Brings Together Industry Professionals to Address Youth Unemployment in Canada

Skills Development Program Trains Post-Secondary Students About Canadian Job Market

OSHAWA, ON--(Marketwired - February 16, 2016) -  Instructors from EQ Trainers delivered the inaugural session of their skills development program at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and Durham College (DC). This session was attended by students from both institutions and was convened in partnership with the Student Association at DC and UOIT.

The training session covered a number of topics related to professional communication, organizational success, and workplace leadership. Its content was developed in consultation with hiring managers and recruiters from well-known organizations in Canada. Students learned about a range of skills including interviewing, public speaking, and value messaging through instructor-led content and hands-on activities.

"This was the most important job-related training session that I have attended as a university student," said Henry Onggo, a fourth year Software Engineering student at UOIT. "The training material and activities covered practical topics like interviewing and presenting from the viewpoint of recruiters and hiring managers in Canada."

Guest speakers from leading organizations including the Canadian National Exhibition, American Express, Capital One, and Corus Entertainment spoke with the attendees. They shared their perspectives about the Canadian job market and discussed vacancies in their organizations as well as the requirements of various entry level roles.

"Our aim is to reduce unemployment and underemployment among university and college graduates in Canada," said Vik Pant, Founder of EQ Trainers. "Our training sessions offer win-win opportunities to employers and students alike because employers meet motivated and proactive students while students get trained by industry practitioners."

EQ Trainers offers vocational skills training that is designed to increase the employability of graduates of post-secondary institutions in Canada. Its seminars, lectures, and workshops are delivered on-campus and help participants to enhance their emotional quotient. Emotional intelligence plays an important role in the hiring decisions of many recruiters and hiring managers because professionals utilize it regularly in their jobs.

Graduates that lack these skills face a competitive disadvantage and find it harder to get hired into highly sought-after positions. This forces some of them to accept employment outside their fields of study or accept employment that does not fully apply their educational qualifications.

"I think that EQ Trainers offers a unique and differentiated value proposition to students that complements the activities of career services on campus," said Paul Egli, Chief Financial Officer of the Canadian National Exhibition (which employs approximately five thousand youth each season). "Its instructors and presenters are industry professionals whose perspectives reflect the reality of the job market in Canada."

About EQ Trainers

EQ Trainers is a non-profit social venture that offers employment skills training to university and college students in Canada. Its training modules are designed to increase the employment opportunities that are available to graduates of Canadian universities and colleges. EQ Trainers offers inter-personal skills training via on-campus seminars, lectures, and workshops that help participants to improve their emotional intelligence. Its name reflects its team's focus on Emotional Quotient -- which is the cornerstone of entrepreneurial and professional success in today's knowledge-driven global economy.

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