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Youth Job Connection

Youth Job Connection is a new youth employment program launching in fall 2015. It was announced in Budget 2015 as a targeted investment by the Ontario government to enhance the skills of youth who experience multiple barriers to employment.

Youth Job Connection is one of a suite of new employment programs being developed as part of Employment and Training Services Integration (ETSI), a key government initiative that is modernizing and transforming Ontario's employment and training programs and services to improve access and provide job seekers and employers with proven, coordinated and targeted services that meet their needs.

The program will serve youth aged 15 to 29 who experience multiple and/or complex barriers to employment by providing more intensive supports beyond traditional job search and placement opportunities. These include:

  • Paid pre-employment training to promote job-readiness;
  • Job matching and paid job placements, with placement supports for participants and hiring incentives for employers;
  • Mentorship services; and
  • Education and work transitions supports.

Youth Job Connection will consist of two components:

  • A year-round component, launching in fall 2015, which will provide intensive employment supports for youth aged 15 to 29 who are not in employment, education or training and who experience multiple barriers to employment.
  • A summer component – Youth Job Connection: Summer – launching in spring 2016, which will provide summer job opportunities and part-time job placements during the school year to help multi-barriered high school students, aged 15 to 18, make positive educational and career choices. The focus will be on those facing challenging life circumstances and at risk of experiencing poor transitions between education and work.

The program builds on the best practices of the Youth Employment Fund, Ministry of Children and Youth Services’ Jobs for Youth program, other employment programs for young people, as well as feedback from the winter 2015 ETSI stakeholder consultations, of which youth employment programming was a key priority.

This Employment Ontario service is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

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