Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering and Job Opportunities with the Portage Learning and Literacy Centre

Employment Opportunities

Employment Consultant

We are currently seeking a full-time Employment Consultant for our Employment Assistance Services program. The Employment Consultant is responsible for enhancing client employability by providing information and opportunities to develop employable skills, master and target resumes, as well as support with the job search process, mock interviews, cover letters, and career exploration through individual appointments as well as group workshops.


• Proven communication skills to maintain excellent working relationships with clients, other PLLC staff, various community agencies and service providers, employers, and to facilitate support as needed in moving clients towards their employment goals
• Respectful and non-judgemental attitude with an excellent understanding of the needs and limitations of clients with a variety of education levels, skills, and experience
• Understanding motivation techniques and working collaboratively with clients, providing one-on-one counseling to assist them to achieve their employment goals
• Strong interview and assessment skills to obtain and understand relevant background information, career goals, and barriers to employment to assist clients to develop job readiness skills and job search strategies
• Ability to assess the need for additional assistance and be knowledgeable of community and social services resources to make appropriate referrals
• Participating in community activities and job fairs, and promoting the Employment Assistance Services in the community.
• Ability to create informative presentations, organize and facilitate small group sessions and workshops at the PLLC and in the community
• Excellent working knowledge and usage of computers, internet browsers, Windows environment and Microsoft Office software – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.
• Experience with tracking statistics, compiling information, data entry, and writing reports
• Capacity to work in a self-directed manner and collaborate with others in a team setting
• Excellent organizational and time management skills; strong attention to detail
• Ability to manage a secure filing system, both electronic and paper, while maintaining strict confidentiality requirements

• An understanding of the local labour market
• Post-secondary education, preferably in Career and Employment Counseling, Social Services and/or a combination of education and relevant work related experience

Hours of work: 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday, 37.5 hours per week
Wage range: $18-$20 per hour, plus eligible for benefits after three months

To Apply, please submit your resume and a cover letter to cathy@pllc.ca before 5:00pm on November 25, 2019.

We appreciate the interest of all applicants. However, only those selected for interview will be contacted.

ESL Literacy (pre-CLB 1) Instructor

Term: November 2019 – June 25, 2020

• Plan and teach English literacy classes for a small group of adult learners two evenings per week
• Create a welcoming and encouraging classroom environment
• Coordinate field trips and guest speakers on relevant topics
• Monitor student progress through the components of Portfolio Based Language Assessment (PBLA)
• Provide feedback to students informally on an ongoing basis and formally through student progress reports and conferencing
• Refer students to community services and other resources as required
• Maintain student attendance records and complete monthly reporting requirements
• Work co-operatively with on-site child care staff to provide support to parents and their children when necessary
• Participate in professional development

• Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (CTESL) from a TESL Canada recognized institution or trained in Canada to teach English as a second language
• Experience developing, preparing and delivering student-centred and task-based lessons suitable for literacy (pre-CLB 1) learners
• Knowledge and experience with the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB), CLB: ESL for Adult Literacy Learners (ALL), and LINC Curriculum Guidelines to develop lesson plans and classroom material.
• Knowledge and/or application of Portfolio Based Language Assessment (PBLA)
• Excellent communication and cross-cultural skills
• Ability to work independently with solid time management and organizational skills
• Approachability and patience in instructing and mentoring learners
• Punctual, reliable and be a team player

To Apply:
Please email your resume and cover letter to cathy@pllc.ca as soon as possible. Position is open until filled.


Thank you for your interest in working with us. Please also consider volunteering with us! It looks great on your resume, adds to your skills and experience, and it can be a very rewarding experience to help others!

Volunteer Opportunities

We are currently looking for at least one more member of the community to join our Board of Directors.

Members of the Board of Directors

The Portage Learning and Literacy Centre is a not-for-profit organization providing individuals of the Central Plains region with opportunities to realize their literacy, educational, employment, and life goals through a positive and supportive environment. The affairs of the PLLC are governed by a Board of Directors.

Board members play a key role in setting the direction and priorities of the Centre—this is a great way to make a substantial contribution to the organization and the community.

The Board of Directors is the acknowledged final authority of PLLC.  Its objectives are as follows:  (1) To ensure that services provided are within the Objects of PLLC, Inc.;  (2) To ensure that the highest possible standards of service are offered and available to the community at reasonable cost; (3) To ensure the financial health of PLLC, Inc.

All interested individuals should apply to be a member of the Board of Directors by filling out our online volunteer application form found below.  If you prefer a paper copy or if you have any questions, please stop by our office at 110 Saskatchewan Ave. West, Portage la Prairie, or email volunteer@pllc.ca.

Other Volunteer Opportunities:

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the PLLC. As a volunteer, you may choose options that are most suitable to your personality and your schedule. We are always looking for dedicated volunteers to fill the following positions:

ESL Classroom Assistant is responsible for assisting the ESL Instructor with teaching English to newcomers in the classroom, as planned and directed by the ESL Instructor. ESL classes are currently offered as Stage 1 (CLB 1-4) and Stage 2 (CLB 5-8), with Stage 1 classes on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 6pm to 9pm at the Portage Learning and Literacy Centre.

Language Tutor meets individually or in a small group to help newcomers improve conversational English and gain confidence. The tutor will have access to a wealth of ESL resource materials through the PLLC to effectively conduct tutorial sessions based on the students’ needs.

Settlement Partner meets individually with newcomers to offer friendship, support, community tours, and an opportunity to practice English. Settlement partners are often matched based on mutual interests, but also experience in the community. Whether you are a long-time resident or a newcomer who has been here a few years, we would love to have you volunteer with us to help our newest newcomers get settled in their new community.

Special Events Assistant provides support to our staff when organizing and implementing planned special events for newcomers to build connections in the community. In this position, you will work alongside staff to ensure the success of the event or activity. Tasks could include set-up, greetings, attendance tracking, cooking, serving, making tea or coffee, and cleaning, but also having fun while you do it.

Career Mentor is responsible for providing the opportunity for internationally trained people to practice in their respective careers. If you are a business owner, professional, or retired from your career, this is your opportunity to make a huge difference in someone’s life and helping them achieve their career goals in Canada.

Conversation Club Facilitator leads a group discussion to allow newcomers to practice their English and learn about the community and all facets of living in Canada. We currently offer a Conversation Club on Monday evenings at the PLLC, but we are looking for more volunteers to help with this group or to start another group with newcomers in communities outside of Portage la Prairie.

Literacy Classroom Support is responsible for assisting the instructor and students in the Literacy classroom during the daytime, Monday to Friday, and Tuesday evenings. Students often need help with basic Math and English, so if you have some time during the week, please sign up to help our Literacy students with their studies.

If you are interested in volunteering for us, please fill out and submit the application form below and we will follow up with you to discuss your interests and complete the following required documents:

  • Volunteer Confidentiality Agreement
  • Waiver of Claims & Release of Liability
  • Child Abuse Registry Check
  • Criminal Record Check

Upcoming Events

1:30 pm Presentation from MITT @ PLLC
Presentation from MITT @ PLLC
Nov 20 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Presentation from MITT @ PLLC
Join us for a presentation from Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology to learn more about their various programs and courses.
6:00 pm ESL Stage 1 & 2 Class @ Portage Learning and Literacy Centre
ESL Stage 1 & 2 Class @ Portage Learning and Literacy Centre
Nov 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
This is a formal English as a Second Language (ESL) class for any Permanent Resident assessed at CLB 1-8. We also offer support services such as transportation to and from classes. We offer continuous intake, so contact us today to register!
6:00 pm French Conversation Circle @ Portage Learning and Literacy Centre
French Conversation Circle @ Portage Learning and Literacy Centre
Nov 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
French Conversation Circle @ Portage Learning and Literacy Centre
6:30 pm Board of Directors Meeting @ Portage Learning & Literacy Centre
Board of Directors Meeting @ Portage Learning & Literacy Centre
Nov 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Regularly scheduled meeting of the PLLC Board of Directors.