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Hope Inspired Resource and Employment Development (HIRED)

HIRED is a workforce development program for individuals with challenges and barriers to finding employment. HIRED provides individualized career and employment coaching, interventions, and resources to help individuals improve their hopefulness and overcome challenges while developing the skills, attitudes and behaviours needed to accomplish their employment goals.

Program Overview

The HIRED program has been developed for unemployed Albertans facing multiple barriers to employment. Barriers can be described as the challenges that prevent the person from being employed, maintaining employment, or advancing their career. Common barriers could include but are not limited to lack of education or employability skills, mental health issues, criminal record, recovering from addiction, disabilities, or poor attitude towards employment. Each client will develop a unique plan of action to help address their barriers to employment and prepare them to obtain and maintain work within a wide range of industries.

This program offers each program participant:

  • Access to community, career, employment and training resources and information
  • Resource Centre supports such as writing and formatting resumes, accessing online resources, job boards and the use of a computer, printer and fax machine
  • Specialized activities to support the client build higher levels of hope, motivating them towards accomplishing their job/career goals
  • Individualized training/action plans
  • 1:1 or small group instruction to develop the skills and knowledge to find, obtain and retain employment
  • Connections to community agencies to help address barriers
  • On-the-job training
  • Connections to employers that are currently hiring and wage subsidies to support employee training
  • Job Search Support
  • Post-employment – job retention support
  • Funding for short-term certification training (e.g., first aid, Construction Safety, ProServe, QuickBooks)

The Province of Alberta is working in partnership with the Government of Canada to provide employment support services and programs.

Eligibility Requirements:

You may be eligible to enroll if you are:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Resident of Alberta
  • Unemployed and legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Have one or more barriers that impact your ability to find/keep employment
  • Willing to address your barriers and become employed after the program

Program Highlights

  • Designed to help individuals address their barriers to employment
  • Small group or 1:1 workshops focusing on job search, work and life management skills
  • Access to community service providers to address barriers
  • Ongoing support and guidance, including after employment is obtained
  • Training for employer-required certification courses
  • Offered at no cost
  • Funded by the Governments of Alberta and Canada
  • Funded by the Province of Alberta in partnership with the Government of Canada.


  • 15 weeks


  • Continuous

Industries of Employment/Employers

  • Agriculture
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Food Services/Hospitality
  • Health/Home Care
  • Retail
  • Transportation and Warehousing
  • Administration/Business Support
  • Infrastructure

Job Opportunities:

  • General Labourer
  • Line Cook
  • Sales Associate
  • Maintenance Worker
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Administrative Support Roles
  • Security Guard
  • Cleaner/Janitor
  • Warehouse Picker/Packer
  • Grocery Clerk
  • Delivery Driver
  • Trades Helper
  • Grounds Keeper
  • Cashier
  • Childcare Provider/Nanny
  • And Many More

Is this program the right option for me?

HIRED may be a great option if you are unemployed and struggle to find or keep employment due to one or more challenges/barriers but are ready to address those challenges.


Contact Information

P 587-457-5313
Address: 105 – 4807 50 Avenue, Red Deer AB  T4N 4A5

Learn More

Interested in learning more about our HIRED Program? Fill out your information on the form below, and one of our career counselors will contact you within 24 business hours.

Hope Inspired Resource and Employment Development (HIRED)


“The greatest part of CPT Program was meeting my mates from different backgrounds, religious and non-religious, skill-sets, experiences and most importantly their family and what was important in their life. Overall, the CPT Program has taught us what was unknown in the construction industry…thank you…for setting up this program, to help out some of us willing to learn new skills and use our creativity in a different setting towards a future.”


Previous Construction Pre Trades Client