____ Posted Thursday January 18, 2018 ____

Employment Strategy

Opportunities for Youth Employment in Guelph

Youth everywhere face barriers to employment benefit from job skills training and employment opportunities

Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph announced a new project that will give youth in Guelph job skills training and hands-on work experience.

Up to 105 youth will participate in the project, which will be delivered by 2nd Chance Employment. Through the Ways2Work program, 2nd Chance will work with each youth to develop a goal for an employment placement.

The goal will focus on finding a placement that builds upon their interest and skills, but also give them an opportunity to work through their barriers on the job with the support of the Job Developer.

They will develop skills to help them find and keep jobs, such as job search techniques, interview preparation and business communications. They will have the opportunity to participate in courses such as First Aid/CPR and employee safety. Participants will also gain valuable work experience in such fields as hospitality, retail and trades.

The Government of Canada will provide $965,663 over 2 years for this project through the Skills Link program of the Government’s Youth Employment Strategy. Skills Link supports projects that help young people who face more barriers to employment than others develop basic employability skills and gain valuable job experience, which, in turn, assists them in making a successful transition into the workforce or to return to school. These youth could include those who have not completed high school, single parents, Indigenous youth, young persons with disabilities, youth living in rural or remote areas or newcomers.





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