Our Programs

Whether you are currently working, looking to start a second career, or launch a new business, the Ontario Emerging Jobs Institute (OEJI) delivers free training in Agritech Skills, Digital Skills, Business Skills and Blended Learning.

Once you have completed one of our specialized programs, our team will help you find a work placement, or you can choose to build your own startup with the help of the Cornwall Innovation Centre.

Agritech Skills

The Agritech Skills curriculum was designed to address the emerging issue of food insecurity. This program informs participants about the many ways technology can be applied to enhance farmers’ productivity and improve efficiency.

Program participants will learn about weather sensors, Internet-of-Things farming sensors, better WIFI connectivity, connected dashboards/apps, automated/robotic farm equipment, and more.

Enroll now! The next round of classes are beginning soon.

Curriculum developed in partnership with: 

            Bioenterprise                  

Agritech Skills is an entry-level Agritech program. It examines the essential skills required for profitable agriculture production, and is designed for individuals who want to build on their existing knowledge of practical agricultural production.

Participants will learn about the new technologies influencing the future of farming, and how to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

The Agritech Skills program is recommended for people working in farming, agriculture, input supply companies, associated sectors, agriculture departments, and early-career scientists.

Participants in the OEJI Agritech Skills program will:

  • Learn about soil health – integration of data from in-ground, surface and aerial or satellite sensors.
  • Study plant and crop growth & development (example – automation, sensors, satellite imagery, drones, etc.).
  • Explore biotic and abiotic stresses.
  • Gain an understanding of pest and weed control.
  • Learn about current and future agricultural technologies including smart agriculture and how they will influence the future of agriculture and food production across the world.
  • Gain technical knowledge to achieve better production and profitability.
  • Explore connectivity and communication from the producer level through to researchers, business advisors, data analysis and management entities.

With agriculture becoming more innovative, the Ontario Emerging Jobs Institute will collaborate with other institutions in Canada to determine which training workshops are needed to implement smart agri-food projects around Eastern Ontario. This includes the implementation of weather sensors, IoT farming sensors, better WIFI connectivity, connected dashboards/apps, automated/robotic farm equipment, and many others.

  • Agriculture Technician
  • Crop Science Manager
  • Environmental Educator
  • Remote Sensing Technologist
  • Soil Conservationist

10 weeks

  • Monday to Friday: 10 AM to 3 PM
  • Thursdays: 4 PM to 6 PM (optional networking activity)

Three-month program placement is available after completion of the program.

Students may also work on building their own startup with the assistance of the Cornwall Innovation Centre.

“By 2050, global food systems will need to sustainably and nutritiously feed more than 9 billion people while providing economic opportunities in both rural and urban communities… the Fourth Industrial Revolution is driving disruptive technology innovations across many sectors.” – World Economic Forum report, January 2018

Digital Skills

The OEJI Digital Skills program is designed to provide you with the skills needed to succeed in the expanding digital economy.

Participants in the OEJI Digital Skills program will learn the fundamental aspects of:

  • Website Development
  • Content Marketing
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Internet Advertising
  • Email Marketing

Enroll now! The next round of classes are beginning soon.

Whether you wish to upgrade your professional skills or embark on a second career, this free digital skills training will prepare you for success in Canada’s digital economy.

Regardless if you are self-employed or employed by someone else, this program introduces the digital skills needed to improve exposure for your business and/or advance yourself professionally.

Upon completion of the Digital Skills program, participants will have the confidence and experience to:

  • Create a basic website.
  • Create and edit graphics/images for the Web.
  • Optimize web pages for search engines.
  • Create marketing content for major social networks; such as, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.
  • Share marketing videos and broadcast live events on YouTube and Facebook.

This program will introduce the digital skills needed for a career as a:

  • Search Engine Marketing/Optimization Specialist
  • Content Strategist
  • Copywriter
  • Internet Advertising Manager
  • Digital Marketing Consultant
  • Social Media Marketer
  • Public Relations/Communications Personnel
  • Data Analyst
  • Brand Manager

These digital skills are highly recommended for:

  • Business Owners
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Professionals
  • Educators

5 weeks

  • Mon-Tues-Wed-Fri: 6 PM to 8:30 PM
  • Thursdays: 4 PM to 6 PM (optional networking activity)

A three-month placement is available after completion of the Digital Skills program.

Students may also work on building their own startup business with the assistance of the Cornwall Innovation Centre.

There have been three industrial revolutions in history, and the emergence of the digital economy is considered by some to represent a fourth.

Digital technologies are transforming the way we live, work, consume, and produce goods and services. Examples include cloud computing, the Internet of Things, advanced analytics (including big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning), social media, three-dimensional (3D) printing, augmented and virtual reality, broadband Internet, and wireless mobility.

Learn more: The Digital Economy – The Bank of Canada

Business Skills

The OEJI Business Skills program is designed to help participants upgrade their business skills, launch a startup, or embark upon a second career.

This program aims to provide participants with the essential business skills needed to succeed in Canada’s evolving economy. These business skills include: copywriting, time management, networking, communications, sales, marketing, finance, legal issues, and work/life balance.

Enroll now! The next round of classes are beginning soon.

The OEJI Business Skills program is designed for entrepreneurs and business leaders looking to improve their career, by mastering both people and process expertise.

The program is designed to help participants gain the skills to become a multi-skilled powerhouse.

The curriculum for the OEJI Business Skills program was carefully developed to help participants become the business leaders of the future. The goal of Business Skills training is to prepare students for higher paying employment or to start their own company.

Participants in the OEJI Business Skills program will:

  • Think logically and analytically about complex problems.
  • Communicate effectively in business environments.
  • Understand the human relationships involved in an organization.
  • Effectively communicate results to others in technical and non-technical terms.
  • Evaluate investment and financial decisions of a firm utilizing financial theory and decision-making tools.
  • Analyze quantitative and data methods to help make financial decisions.

At the completion of the Business Skills program, participants will have acquired experience and skills in digital marketing, business plan writing, market research, SWOT analysis, project management, how to work in The Cloud, time management, and maintaining a work/life balance.

Completion of the OEJI Business Skills program will prepare participants for a career in:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Sales
  • Customer Service
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Economics
  • Business Administration

10 weeks

  • Monday to Friday: 10 AM to 3 PM
  • Thursdays: 4 PM to 6 PM (optional networking activity)

Upon completion of the Business Skills program, a three-month placement is available.

Students may also work on building their own startup with the assistance of the Cornwall Innovation Centre.

Skills training must become a focus of all our educational institutions, including universities, community colleges and high schools. We must teach students not only facts and figures, but how to demonstrate their ability to apply learned skills. Skills-based training and assessment will create a workforce that can compete for jobs on the basis of what they know.” – Washington Post, July 2017

Blended Learning

Using a combination of in-person and online training, the OEJI Blended Learning program is designed to prepare advanced learners for niche jobs in Ontario’s new economy.

Students will attend in-class, soft skills training on Mondays, with online learning during the week.

The featured soft skills offered in the classroom include:

  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Creativity
  • People Management
  • Coordinating with Others
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Judgment and Decision-Making
  • Service Orientation
  • Negotiation
  • Cognitive Flexibility

Participants have the choice to attend study hall each Friday to get questions answered from their peers and their instructor.

Students can choose to pursue any of the following topics:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Internet of Things
  • Autonomous Vehicles
  • Nanotech, Cleantech
  • Quantum Computing
  • Data Science
  • UX Design
  • Cybersecurity
  • Blockchain

Enroll now! The next round of classes are beginning soon.

This customized learning stream is designed for those who are looking to establish a second career, have a sound technical background, and understand how the future of work is going to impact the current job landscape.

The OEJI Blended Learning program is seeking keen self-directed learners, who are motivated to embrace the online learning component, as well as the in-person training.

Since this is a blended-learning model, we are using the in-person component to help build relationships with those in this program.

Participants in the OEJI Blended Learning program will gain an understanding of:

  • How their technology of choice works.
  • How to implement the technology of their choice.
  • How to roll-out their technology of choice into the real world.

The combination of soft skills training and hands-on technical training will develop much sought-after skills for the jobs of the future.

  • Sensor Technician
  • Machine Learning Engineer
  • Data Scientist/Analyst
  • R&D Engineer
  • Business Intelligence Developer
  • Software Tester
  • UX Designer
  • Cybersecurity Risk Analyst
  • Web Developer

10 weeks

  • Monday (in-class soft skills): 10 AM to 3 PM
  • Tues-Wed-Thurs: Online (self-guided learning)
  • Thursdays: 4 PM to 6 PM (optional networking activity)
  • Friday: 10 AM to 3 PM (optional study hall with instructor present)

A three-month program placement is available after completion of the OEJI Blended Learning program.

Students may also work on creating their own startup with the assistance of the Cornwall Innovation Centre.

The world is more connected than ever before, and people are being exposed to change faster. This is true in the world of work, too.

The demand is growing for people who have technical skills, to bring something else to a role, usually soft skills. In the face of a wealth of technical skills, skills like communication, teamwork, problem-solving, and attention to detail, suddenly become valuable and a way to set yourself apart from other candidates.

Learn more from Ranstad’s Future of Work.

The Ontario Emerging Jobs Institute (OEJI) is a unique training centre located in the Cornwall Innovation Centre, in Cornwall, Ontario.

The OEJI offers free training and work placements for individuals seeking employment and/or wanting to upgrade their skills. The institute services Cornwall, SD&G, Akwesasne, and the surrounding region