Youth Job Connection
Youth Job Connection
The Youth Job Connection program offers a range of services and opportunities for young people to learn about jobs and gain work experience. The program addresses the gap in youth employment programming for young people who are neither in education, employment or training. These youth face some of the greatest employment needs and experience significant employment barriers. These barriers include some combination of challenging life circumstances, limited work experience, low levels of education or literacy, a lack of motivation, and discrimination. The goal is to secure long-term employment and meaningful careers.
This is accomplished through:
1. Client service planning and coordination: Intake, assessment, referrals, individualized employment service planning, monitoring, case management and mentoring
2. Pre-employment services: 60-90 hours of training, a stipend is paid for hours of training. Training covers:
- Fundamental job readiness skills workshops or activities
- Career development/career exploration workshops or activities
- Personal management (life) skills workshops or activities
- Job attainment skills workshops or activities
- Employment-related skills workshops or activities
- Job maintenance and career advancement skills workshops or activities
4. Support in transition to employment or additional training/education, during and after the program.
Youth are fully supported in reaching their employment goal, gain valuable training and work experience, may be hired by their placement company or will be assisted with transitioning to another job.
Eligibility criteria: Open to all youth ages 15-29, who are residents of Ontario, eligible to work in Canada, who are currently unemployed and not participating in full-time training or education, as defined by the institution. Exceptions can be made to serve up to 10% of individuals who may be employed part-time in precarious jobs. Individuals who are 15- 18 years old must be legally excused from attending high school.
Funding source: Employment Ontario, Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development; No fees are changed from clients for services provided.
Sites of program delivery
3225 Eglinton Avenue East, Unit 101/111, Scarborough ON (itinerant)
3363 Bloor Street West, Etobicoke ON