A New Program to Help Youth Secure Employment

Finding your first job is often difficult. Young people in Canada frequently encounter the “No Experience, No Job” predicament where they may have an education and tremendous potential, but are often turned away by prospective employers due to a lack of work experience. For new Canadians, the process can be even more daunting as they struggle with the social and cultural barriers that exist in the job market. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), 13.2% of Canadian youth are unemployed.

In order help young people overcome the aforementioned challenges, IDRF is excited to launch the Get Job Ready Program! This initiative will teach Canadians between the ages 18 -29 how to navigate the job market and develop the practical tools vital in securing employment. The participants of this project will for youth who are not currently employed from disadvantaged communities and new Canadians will strongly be encouraged to participate as well. Those selected will receive a $500 honorarium.

All participants will receive 16 hours of classroom style training comprised of four modules, the material covered will be as follows:
In-class component

Module 1: Writing resumes and cover letters; expanding professional networks; creating a LinkedIn account; identifying job postings and institutions that link individuals to employment opportunities.
Module 2: Financial Literacy – Developing budgets; opening a bank account; interpreting pay cheques (i.e. reason for EI, CPP deductions); having items required for employment (SIN Cards, references, background checks).
Module 3: Job Interviews –Learning job interview tips and avoiding common mistakes; communication skills training.
Module 4: Project Management- Becoming leaders; importance of teamwork; public speaking; planning events.

The International Development and Relief Foundation is a registered Canadian charity dedicated helping disadvantage communities with programs both in Canada and abroad. For our efforts the Financial Post has twice named IDRF a top 25 Canadian Charity for its excellence in accountability, transparency and use of funds.