ERS Training and Development Corporation is a Montreal based federally incorporated not-for-profit organization with charitable status established in 1986. Since its inception, ERS has successfully operated over 135 employability training and professional development programs for Montreal residents. In the past, ERS received funding from Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) (now called Human Resources and Skills Development Canada) to operate programs such as “Stay in School Programs” and “Employability Improvement Programs”.
From 1997 to 2013, in addition to the above-mentioned programs, ERS, in collaboration with the International Fund for Ireland (IFI) operated over 50 job-training programs for young adults from diverse areas of Ireland. The goal of the IFI funded programs was to enhance their employability upon returning to Ireland and promote peace and reconciliation among various communities in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
From 2007 to present day, ERS receives funding from 'Emploi-Québec' to provide two (2) types of employability training programs: Projet de preparation à l’emploi (PPE) which is open to all residents of Montreal, and Programme d’aide et d’accompagnement social (PAAS), which is offered only to participants receiving social assistance and who are very far from (re)entering the work force. The purpose of both programs is to assist participants in improving their life circumstances by providing activities such as computers, French conversation, job search skills, and personal development workshops.