About the Vocational Mentorship Program

The Vocational Mentorship Program is an on-the-job mentorship program that pairs trained professionals with disabilities with a mentor (staff member from PQCHC) for a 3 month unpaid placement.

This program supports trained professionals with disabilities in:

  • Acquiring hands on work experience related to their field of expertise
  • Boosting self confidence and enhancing communication skills
  • Focusing and building upon abilities and skills
  • Developing professional and social networks
  • Developing a more defined career path
  • Observing and understanding workplace culture and expectations
  • Accessing information and relevant training and skill development

Placement

  • Trained professionals with disabilities are paired with a mentor (staff member from PQCHC) according to their experience and skills
  • Mentorship placements are 3 months in length and require a commitment of 12 hours per week plus an additional 2 hours bi-weekly for peer support meetings/workshops
  • Placements occur at one of PQCHC’s 51 onsite and offsite service locations

Fields of Expertise that can be accommodated:

  • Social Work
  • Medical Reception
  • Nutrition
  • Administration
  • Health Promotion
  • Community Development
  • Child and Youth
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Research

Peer Support Meetings/Workshops

Peer Support Meetings occur every 2nd week throughout the placement and they are 2 hours in length. The meetings are mandatory to complete the placement.

Peer Support Meetings allow the participant to:

  • Network with other participants of the program
  • Share their experience, challenges and successes with the other program participants
  • Receive additional support through workshops and training some of which can include
  • Taking Initiative
  • Stress Management
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Financial and Time Management Skills