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Youth Job Connection


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Youth Job Connection is a new initiative available through Career Edge that is designed to help young people between the ages of 15 and 29 living in Trenton, Belleville, Napanee or Picton who face multiple barriers to employment and are employable. This program provides access to employability and employment skills development, along with education/training and work experiences. The goal is to achieve long-term employment, meaningful careers, and success in your future working lives.

Youth Job Connection will consist of two components:

  • A year-round component, launching October 1st, 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.

Youth Job Connection is targeted to individuals who are out of school and unemployed.

Eligibility criteria:

  • 15 to 29 years old at the time of registration in the program
  • A resident of Ontario
  • Eligible to work in Canada
  • Unemployed
  • Not participating in full-time training or education, as defined by the institution

Please Note: Individuals who are 15-18 years old must be legally excused from attending high school.

There is no cost for this program.  An assessment is required that focuses on the suitability for this initiative which is geared to individuals requiring support to achieve success in their endeavors to obtain and maintain employment. In addition to the usual barriers facing youth who are entering the work force, some additional suitability criteria are taken into consideration. Participants who do not meet the suitability criteria for Youth Job Connection are still eligible for and will be provided services through regular Employment Services programming.

Additional Suitability criteria:

  • A documented low level of proficiency in one or more of the essential skills which include reading, writing, document use, numeracy, computer use, thinking, oral communication, working with others and ability to continuously learn.
  • Family/household circumstances which impact on the ability to succeed.
  • Socially marginalized individuals

Program Components are:

  • Client service planning and coordination
  • Pre-employment services
  • Job matching, placement and incentives
  • Education and work transition support

All participants must receive and commit to a minimum of 60 hours of pre-employment workshops and a placement with an employer of up to a maximum of 6 months. The goal of the program is their long term connection to the job market or transition back to full time education. Participants are paid minimum wage for attendance in the pre-employment workshops.


Employers will receive a subsidy for providing training opportunities to the participants. The amount of the subsidy will depend on the amount of training required for the job and the skill set of the participant at the time of placement.  This program has a high expectation of the level of support participants will receive.

If you are interested in applying as a Job Seeker or an Employer for Youth Job Connection, simply call or come to one of our locations to find out if you are eligible for this program.

Referring Community Partners

All potential participants who are eligible can be referred to Youth Job Connection.  Participants who do not meet the suitability criteria for Youth Job Connection are still eligible for and will be provided services through regular Employment Services programming.  Participants referred to the program will not be refused employment assistance services through Career Edge.

If you would like to refer a participant please use the . This program has a high expectation of the level of support participants will receive. We are requesting that our community partners commit to being part of the support services that the client receives and continue to provide mentoring services to these youth to ensure their success.


If you would like to read more about this initiative follow this link to:  Youth Job Connection


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