Here are some great stories in which OPEQ is proud to have participated. Congratulations to the young people who have used the OPE program as a stepping stone to new goals.
Have you interacted with an OPEQ sorting center or workshop? Do you want to share your experience? We would love to read about it.
(The stories are presented in their language of origin.)
Date : March 30, 2011
Author: Jean-Marie Royer
Originally from France, I’ve been in Quebec since 2002. After an uncertain reorientation on the professional front, I am now satisfied that I chose the field of new technologies, more precisely data processing and computers.
During my job search process, the Sherbrooke Local Employment Center suggested me the École-Entreprise du Centre Saint-Michel, one of the 6 OPEQ’s workshops partner.
After attending the technician helper training, the people in charge of the workshop offered me a support technician position. I gladly accepted. This position allows me to gain interesting work experience complementary to my training. Furthermore, I like OPEQ’s philosophy of recycling and distributing computer equipment at a lower cost. In a world where computer technologies are more and more present, it is important to allow everyone to have access to this tool!
My internship fulfills my expectations in terms of practical experience, the variety of problems encountered and the solutions to discover and apply. The work environment is stimulating, the team is competent, motivated and friendly.
After my internship, I would like to find a job in the same field or continue my training to develop new skills. Ideally, a temporary position would allow me to pay for further education or a position where continuing education is encouraged and included. As the field of new technologies is constantly evolving, it is important to always follow new developments.
As an advice to young interns, I would say that experience and knowledge are to be shared: we have as many useful skills for our work as there are gaps that can be filled by what others know. Team spirit, sharing and collaboration are very important.
Trainee at the Sherbrooke workshop,
École-Entreprise du Centre Saint-Michel
Date : November 26, 2010
Author: Claudette Lepage
(Collaboration of Claudette Lepage, OPEQ workshop École-Entreprise du Centre Saint-Michel of Sherbrooke)
Polydor first took the training of “Assembler of electrical or electronic equipment” at the École-Entreprise du Centre Saint-Michel. Then, he signs up for the “Repair and installation of electronic devices” training at the 24-Juin Vocational Training Center in Sherbrooke. In order to complete the mandatory step to obtain the “Certificate of vocational studies”, he chose the École-Entreprise for his internship.
Having successfully completed his internship but not being able to find a job, Polydor decided to offer his services as a volunteer at the École-Entreprise. Thus, he takes advantage of a professional resource (orientation counselor) in his job search.
After a week of printer and screen repairs at the center and with the help of a professional support from an employability counsellor, Polydor begins a work placement program that will take him to a job after a two week probationary period. It is important to specify that the internship environments of the École-Entreprise are chosen from an employment perspective.
His professional skills, his good work ethics and his personality are the reasons why he’s now working for J-F P Électro-Inform@tique of Magog. Currently, Polydor’s work schedule allows us to benefit from his expertise. Installed at the printer station, he prepares high-quality computer peripherals for École-Entreprise customers.