Parkland Occupational Health and Safety, the state-owned agency that oversees the park, said in a news release on Monday that the agency was reviewing its internship program.
“We appreciate the work that these interns have done in the past and look forward to seeing how the new program works for our interns,” said an agency spokesperson in a statement.
The agency said it had received applications from three interns who were interested in the internship program, which runs through January.
The internship program is not mandatory, but is meant to provide an internship experience that allows people with disabilities to work in a safe, supportive environment.
According to the agency, there are currently about 1,200 people working in the park’s occupational health office.
“The Occupational Therapy internship program gives interns the opportunity to work at a workplace that supports their unique skills and talents and to be part of a dynamic workforce that will enable them to achieve their personal and professional goals,” said Jennifer Ehrlich, the agency’s assistant director of occupational therapy.
She said the internship will allow the interns to meet their goals and develop skills that they can transfer to their careers.
The Occupational Therapist Internship Program has about 1.5 interns and a mentor at a time working in an occupational health unit at the park.
In addition to providing training for the interns, the program offers mentoring opportunities for the workers.
“It allows us to keep our interns safe and focused on what we are trying to accomplish and we can give them the skills that will help them to become successful and successful in their career,” said Julie Brown, an intern at the occupational health offices, in an interview with CBC News.
“As we’re able to help them, we can also support them with their careers and help them be able to transition into the workforce.”
The program has been around for several years and has been praised for its impact on people with learning disabilities.
In 2016, the Occupational Medicine Association of Ontario (OMO) and the Ontario Society for the Study of Learning Disabilities (OSLSD) called for the program to be rebranded as a full-time, accredited internship.
The OSLSD said it was disappointed with the decision, but said the program was already being offered to interns who had disabilities and was not the only one.
“This is a great opportunity for our program to continue to develop its workforce and its ability to deliver services to individuals who are at high risk of being harmed in the workplace,” said OMO Executive Director Mike Koehler.
In an interview on Monday, a spokesperson for the Occupation Therapy Association of Canada said that the association has been in discussions with the OSLSSD and other unions to rebrand the program as a “Full-time Internship.” “
So that’s what we want, is for them to be able come in and get trained, to have their resume reviewed, and then be able go out and get a job in a park.”
In an interview on Monday, a spokesperson for the Occupation Therapy Association of Canada said that the association has been in discussions with the OSLSSD and other unions to rebrand the program as a “Full-time Internship.”
He said the association hopes to re-open the program in January.