Occupation Specific Language Training (OSLT)

About the program

Free Occupation-specific Language Training (OSLT) for newcomers offers:

  • English language training geared to your occupation
  • Practical exercises based on actual workplace communications tasks
  • Career-planning assistance
  • Opportunities to connect with local employers, industries and resources

Conestoga College offers English language courses in the following areas:

  • Health Sciences
    • Health Care
    • Interprofessional Teams
  • Business
    • Accounting and Finance
    • Entrepreneurs and Sales & Marketing Personnel
  • Human Services
    • Child and Youth Care Worker
    • Early Childhood Education (ECE)
  • Technology
    • Architectural Technologist
    • Engineering Technologist and Technician
    • IT Personnel
Conestoga College OSLT is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Canada Immigration Logo

Admission requirements

  • You must be a landed immigrant, permanent resident or a convention refugee to Canada.
  • Individuals interested in OSLT classes need to be assessed at the Language Assessment Centre of the YMCA Cross Cultural and Community Services in order to determine starting level. Contact the YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo to arrange an appointment.

Program classes

Workplace communications Skills for:

Program outcomes:

  • Understand business workplaces in Ontario
  • Communicate effectively with customers, suppliers, financial officers and governmental offices
  • Develop strong interviewing, networking and career-building communication skills

Program features:

  • 15 weeks of classes, 12 hours a week (this changes depending on the delivery)
  • Introduction to communication for general business purposes with a particular focus on accounting
  • Hands-on learning activities such as role-playing exercises, dialogue practice sessions, and simulations of common on-the-job experiences
  • Workshops are provided by content experts

Eligibility:

  • Training or experience in business/accounting
  • An intermediate level of English (Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) 6-8)
  • Landed immigrants, permanent residents or convention refugees to Canada

Cost: FREE

Contact: For more information, please contact Allison Hands at oslt@conestogac.on.ca.

Program outcomes:

  • Understand health care workplaces in Ontario such as hospitals, clinics and nursing homes
  • Interact clearly and effectively with colleagues, clients and supervisors
  • Develop strong interviewing, networking and career-building communication skills

Program features:

  • 15 weeks of classes, 12 hours a week
  • Hands-on learning activities such as role-playing exercises, dialogue practice sessions, and simulations of common on-the-job experiences
  • Workshops provided by content experts

Eligibility:

  • Training or experience in nursing or as personal support worker, physiotherapist, medical laboratory technologist, sleep technologist or dietician.
  • An intermediate level of English (Canadian Language Benchmarks 6-8)
  • Landed immigrants, permanent residents or convention refugees to Canada

Cost: FREE

Contact: For more information, please contact Allison Hands at oslt@conestogac.on.ca.

Program outcomes:

  • Understand technology workplaces in Ontario
  • Interact clearly and effectively with colleagues, clients, supervisors and stakeholders and in project teams
  • Develop strong interviewing, networking and career-building communication skills

Program features:

  • 12 weeks of classes, 15 hours a week
  • Hands-on learning activities such as role-playing exercises, dialogue practice sessions, and simulations of common on-the-job experiences
  • Workshops provided by content experts

Eligibility:

  • Training or experience in engineering, information, architectural or environmental technology
  • An intermediate level of English (Canadian Language Benchmarks 6-8)
  • Landed immigrants, permanent residents or convention refugees to Canada

Cost: FREE

Contact: For more information, please contact Allison Hands at oslt@conestogac.on.ca.

Program outcomes:

  • Provide and obtain information on the care of a client
  • Describe your occupation to another professional
  • Write a progress note
  • Seek and provide assistance to team members
  • Manage challenging team interactions

Program features:

  • 12 weeks of classes, 9 hours a week in class and three hours a week online
  • Hands-on learning activities such as role-playing exercises, dialogue practice sessions, and simulations of common on-the-job experiences
  • Workshops provided by content experts

Eligibility:

  • You have a background in the profession
  • Your English is at an intermediate level - Canadian Language Benchmarks 7 - 9
  • You are a permanent resident or protected person

Cost: FREE

Contact: For more information, please contact Allison Hands at oslt@conestogac.on.ca.

Program outcomes:

  • Understand human services workplaces in Ontario, including child-care centres and schools
  • Interact clearly and effectively with colleagues, clients, supervisors, and the public
  • Network and connect with local employers, agencies, and employment resources
  • Learn how to use your workplace communication training in settings such as nursery schools, centre and home-based daycares, elementary schools, and high schools

Program features:

  • 12 weeks of classes, 15 hours a week
  • Small-group exercises based on everyday communication tasks in working with children and youth
  • Workshops provided by content experts

Eligibility:

  • You have a background in ECE or working with youth
  • Your English is at an intermediate level - Canadian Language Benchmarks 6 - 8
  • You are a permanent resident or protected person

Cost: FREE

Contact: For more information, please contact Allison Hands at oslt@conestogac.on.ca.

Program Locations:

Any of the Workplace Communications courses may be offered at any of the following locations:

Program locations

Any of the Workplace Communications courses may be offered at any of the following locations:

Opportunities and pathways

Students who graduate from any Workplace Communication skills class will receive a certificate of completion and may be interested in moving directly into the workforce or pursuing the following programs: