Income Assistance: Active Measures Pilot Case Studies


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The following series of randomly selected case examples illustrate more concretely what has been accomplished during the Active Measures Pilots in terms of the employability of clients.

Case #1:
This single, middle-aged client received financial assistance from 2003 to 2006 (when she obtained full-time work); and again from 2008 to 2010.

This client only had a grade 10 education and limited literacy and communication skills. Although the client had worked at low-paying, unskilled jobs for periods, the client had family obligations that limited the client's time for personal development.

Since beginning participation, this client took part in a number of personal development programs, completed a high school diploma preparation course and managed to obtain the General Education Development (GED). With enhanced employability, the client engaged in the structured job search program and eventually found work.

Case #2:
This recipient received financial assistance through fiscal 05/06 and again from April 2008 to April 2011. The recipient has a dependent spouse and several children.

The client had a job, but suffers from back problems and can no longer do the same type of work. She was unable to find other, less physically demanding work because she lacked the education, lacked other job skills relevant in the local job market, and lacked transportation.

On the positive side, the client had definite and realistic goals, had good references and both the spouse and children were/are supportive of the recipient's desire to upgrade skills and credentials.

Since becoming a participant, the client has completed the program offered in the community under Active Measures, courses in the use of computers, life skills workshops, a program focusing on administrative assistant skills. The client is now much more employable and is looking for work while continuing to expand the scope of work-relevant, administrative skills.

Case #3:
This single client has been in receipt of financial assistance since 2009. Unlike most clients, he has a university degree, has taken practical training in a couple of fields relevant to the current job market and has considerable practical experience. The client also has solid family support.

Since beginning participation, the client has completed a number of personal development programs. He has also attended employment readiness workshops and is preparing to pursue College studies.

Case #4:
This single client has been on financial assistance since 2009. Upon entering the Program, he did not have his high school diploma and had only worked as a general labourer.

Since entering the Program, the client has completed a personal development program, obtained his high school diploma completed a specific trade course, attended a job-specific skills program and is currently completing a co-op placement which is likely to turn into a regular job.

Case #5:
This single female has been on income assistance several times since 2005. The client came to the Program with gambling, alcohol and drug addiction, grief and amongst other issues. She had low self-esteem, motivational issues, limited supportive relationships, lack of transportation and a stable place to live. In addition she required her high school diploma and required more work experience and work-relevant skills. She had legal problems during the period.

Since beginning participation in the Active Measure program, the client has completed several personal development programs and workshops. She has also earned her high school diploma, completed specific skill development programs, completed a number of community placements to gain work experience and has had some part-time paid employment. She completed the University Access Program and has been accepted into a college level program.

Case #6:
This single male has been on income assistance on and off since 2007.

This client has a record as a young offender and has been on assistance most recently since his release from jail. The client had a grade 10 education and scored low on literacy and numeracy. He has worked in construction.

Since joining the Program, the client has completed a number of personal development and skills development programs, has obtained his GED and decided to work towards and apprenticeship and eventual certification in a construction trade.