Friesens Employment Skills Training

Job Number:
Altona, MB
Job Type:
Full Time
Close Date:
Professional Areas:
Entry-Level Production

Friesens Corporation is offering a new opportunity to applicants who may still be developing the skills for working in print manufacturing.  This new initiative is in partnership with Opportunities for Employment (OFE) and Regional Connections.  The goal of the program is employability of participants at Friesens Corporation in production positions.  The screening process for the program is completed by OFE staff.  The OFE Employer Liaison/Coach will assess the readiness of each applicant for the skill development program to ensure a successful outcome for each participant.  Following are the skills essential for success at Friesens:

  • Education - High School Diploma, GED or equivalent
  • Continuous Learning - Willingness to learn and to take courses that may be needed to successfully perform job tasks
  • Verbal Communication - Ability to understand and respond to verbal work instructions in the English language
  • Reading, Writing & Document Use - Abiltity to read and follow English written electronic job instructions and to write clear instructions in English
  • Digital Technology - Basic computer skills
  • Numeracy - Math skills and the ability to measure/use both Metric and Imperial measurements
  • Critical Thinking Skills - Attention to detail and a critical eye for identifying defects as well as the ability to problem solve
  • Working Environment - Ability to work independently and in a team setting
  • Working Hours - Ability and willingness to work overtime and felxibility in modifying working hours if required
  • Mechanical Aptitiude - Understanding and using machines and tools
  • Physical Requirements - Must be quick, accurate and able to work in a fast-paced environment, keeping up with production. Ability to lift heavy objects, walk and stand for long periods of time and perform strenuous physical labour. Good manual dexterity.

Each applicant will be assessed on their own merit, and those who are given opportunity to enter the program will experience four (4) weeks of skills development.  Here are more details about the training opportunity:

  • The training is no cost to the participants.
  • Participants will not be paid for their attendance.  
  • Participants will commit their time to the completion of the program in order to be considered for the four (4) week practicum.  
  • The practicum is a requirement to be considered for employment.
  • Participants will be paid minimum wage during their work practicum.
  • Employment will be offered based on skill development, recommendation by the program facilitator(s), interviews, and skill assessment.
  • Classes for the training program are 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day that the training is scheduled.
  • Food is not provided – the participant needs to bring their own meals, snacks, and beverages.

If you are someone who would like to be considered for this opportunity, you are asked to complete an OFE Application for Training Form which may be picked up in person at Friesens Corporation Industrial Park location at 511 Industrial Park, Altona. Online applications will not be accepted. Please see below for specific dates and times to be aware of regarding the program:

  • OFE Application for Training Form may be picked up between 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
  • All applicants must be available for assessment/screening on September 30th or October 7th,
  • All applicants must be available to attend the training at a designated Friesens location for the duration of October 9th – October 31st.
  • The work practicum is November 1st to November 30th.
  • All applicants must be able to provide their own transportation to and from Friesens for the training and practicum.  
  • All applicants must be able to provide their own transportation if employment is offered following the practicum.

The deadline to apply for this opportunity is Wednesday, October 2, 2019.