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Youth Works (Pre-Employment Program)

Youth Works (Pre-Employment Program)



Elizabeth Mueller, Children's Aid Foundation of Canada

Nov 10th


LEAD SPONSORS: RBC Future Launch and funded in part by the Government of Canada under the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy Program  

Program Description:   

Youth Works is a pre-employment development program that aims to help youth in and from care in their transition to independence. Youth Work’s has three integrated components:  

1. Employability Skills: Employment counselors will work with youth participants to prepare them for their employment path (preparing resumes, completing job applications, etc.) 

2. Internships and Job Placements: Youth who are job-ready will receive support with job searching and be referred to employers for meaningful work experience

3. Employment Training Supports: Youth who need credentials or training for entry-level jobs such as first aid and CPR, food handler’s certification, or a driver’s license to accept a job will be supported in accessing them  

What Will You Gain?  

Employability Skills – We will work with you individually or in groups to improve your employment-readiness skills, and can help you access career development and networking opportunities  

Internships and Job Placements – When you’re job-ready, we can help find employers who are looking for your skills  

Employment Training Supports – We can provide help accessing hands-on training and certification you need for your first job (eg. first aid and CPR, food handler’s certification, Smart Serve, etc)  

Are You Eligible to Participate in Youth Works?  

  • You must be in and/or from permanent care  
  • Be between the ages of 16 and 29 years old  
  • You must have achieved one of the following - some high school, GED, high school diploma, some post-secondary school, post-secondary degree or diploma  
  • You are ready for employment – criteria may include: being motivated to find and keep a job, having stable housing, mental health issues being treated, and willingness and commitment to follow through with training and job placement  
  • Live in one of the following areas or surrounding areas:  
  • Calgary, Alberta  
  • Toronto/GTA, Ontario  
  • Ottawa, Ontario  
  • Richmond/Vancouver, British Columbia  
  • Brandon, Manitoba  
  • Fredericton/Saint John, New Brunswick  

Are You Interested in Participating?  

Please contact one of the following Youth Support Mentors in your Area.  

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