Staff Directory

You are here

Getting Ready for Employment and Training (G.R.E.A.T.)

What is the G.R.E.A.T. program?

• A 14-week program delivered in partnership by the Department of Family Services and Nunavut Arctic College.

• Clients on Social Assistance may apply and participate as a Productive Choice option. 

• Graduates will be more prepared for employment and/or training opportunities.

• Course content: Personal portfolio development, introduction to computers, enhanced essential skills, workplace ethics, interview skills and more!

• Includes a two-week on-the-job work experience that is chosen with students, based on interests and skills.


To support Social Assistance clients to make successful entry into the labour force and become employed and/or pursue further training and education.


Participants in this program will:

• Develop and/or improve the essential skills of reading text, document use, working with numbers, computer use and writing, which are required for most jobs.

• Reflect upon personal and career goals, and identify learning and career opportunities.

• Create an up-to-date resumé and cover letter, and practice interview skills.

• Create a prior learning portfolio that identifies and provides documentation of personal strengths, skills, knowledge and attitudes.

• Know more about employment opportunities by participating in and reflecting upon a mentored on-the-job work experience.

• Conduct effective job searches.


 Training incentives

Each participant is eligible for up to $1,400 in training incentives.

Each student earns $10 for a full day of attendance. This is received bi-weekly.

Each student is also eligible for $700 after they have finished the course, if they have not missed more than 10% of class time. In a 14 week program, this is 7 days.

A light breakfast is offered from 8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. (before class begins).

Attendance incentives earned by participants are not considered income; therefore, money earned is not considered in monthly income assistance calculations.


Where is the G.R.E.A.T. program?

G.R.E.A.T. has been delivered in Kugluktuk, Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet, Arctic Bay, Baker Lake, Gjoa Haven, Igloolik, Pangnirtung, Pond Inlet, Cape Dorset, Coral Harbour, Taloyoak, Sanikiluaq, Naujaat, Qikiqtarjuaq, Kugaaruk, Kimmirut, Clyde River, Arviat, and Hall Beach.   

It is currently being delivered in Cambridge Bay, Cape Dorset, Chesterfield Inlet, Gjoa Haven, and Hall Beach.

The next semester of G.R.E.A.T. begins in January 2018 in Grise Fiord, Resolute Bay, Whale Cove, Taloyoak, Naujaat, and Arviat. Interested individuals may contact their local income assistance workers.  


For general inquiries

G.R.E.A.T. Program Coordinator

Karyn Vanden Boomen

Career Development

Department of Family Services

Phone: 867-975-5244