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Skills and Knowledge

Federal Governments Supports Local Youth Project

Guelph - Youth in Guelph will have more help in overcoming barriers to employment, Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph, announced today on behalf of the Government of Canada and the Honourable Minister Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour. “Thank-you to 2nd Chance for the expertise your staff brings to help job seekers prepare for employment, and for connecting employers to Guelph’s hidden talent pool. Your councillors have been changing lives in Guelph every day for the past 30 years through programs such as Ways2work, said Lloyd Longfield, MP for Guelph.

The ways2work program, in collaboration with Second Chance Employment Counselling, is receiving support from the federal government in the amount of $487,096 to help youth develop the skills and knowledge they need in order to get good jobs.

Over a 54 week period, Second Chance Employment Counselling will deliver group-based employability skills programming, followed by work experience, to help 49 youth overcome multiple barriers to employment, and to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to make a successful transition to the labour market or return to school.

Youth will participate in 6 weeks of full-time programming, receiving an allowance based on the provincial minimum wage, and attending sessions on employment skills including change and time management, effective communications, goal setting, problem solving, team building, workplace safety and security, creating resumes and cover letters, interview basics, and employment standards.

The participants will develop job search portfolios that will act as their framework towards the career path that they will pursue. Participants will acquire industry standard training and certification in First Aid with Level A Cardio- Pulmonary Resuscitation, Safe Food Handling, Smart Serve and Fall Arrest Certification.

The ways2work program will give youth opportunities to network with employers as well as tour local businesses. They will work with Job Developers who will develop a goal for their employment placement.

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