Youth Job Connection (YJC)
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Youth Job Connection (YJC)

Youth Job Connection

Youth Job Connection (YJC) supports young people in developing essential workplace skills, establishing important job search strategies, using job search tools and building a career plan. Participants will have opportunities to connect with employers, get valuable work experience and job-related skills for their résumé and secure paid employment based on their interests and abilities.


Earn While You Learn

YJC includes paid workshops and activities designed to help participants get ready for work. Individuals will be paid the provincial hourly minimum wage for the time they participate in the mandatory pre-employment training component of the program (60 – 90 hours).

These workshops and activities can help you:

  • Build a resume that will get you noticed
  • Learn how to job search effectively
  • Wow them in the interview
  • Develop your “soft skills” e.g. customer service, leadership, communication
  • Manage your online presence and social media profiles
  • Identify career options that could “fit” based on your interests, strengths and abilities
  • Understand the pathway that is best for you – education, apprenticeship or work
  • Manage workplace and employer expectations like a pro

No Experience? No Problem!

YJC includes hands-on job experience and exposure to careers and workplaces through a variety of activities. Opportunities for skill enhancement or job-related training linked to job placements are available. All individuals participate in the job placement component of the program (up to 6 months).

Explore career options:

  • Participate in a job trial to test drive a job and see if it’s a good match
  • Learn more about a career by talking with professionals in the field

Gain work experience:

  • Participate in a paid job placement matching the individual’s interests and abilities
  • Financial support for transportation, work clothing, and equipment costs is available as needed

Get job-related certification or training:

  • Smart Serve
  • Food Handler certification
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Fall Arrest

Connecting You to Possibilities

All individuals will receive support from our experienced staff during and after the program to help them reach their employment or training goals.

Activities might include:

  • Career coaching and individualized employment planning
  • Invitation to special events and workshops
  • Opportunities for peer mentoring
  • Connecting with professional mentors from the community

Who can participate in Youth Job Connection?

  • 15 to 29 years of age (15 to 18 must be legally excused from attending high school)
  • Resident of Ontario
  • Eligible to work in Canada
  • Unemployed
  • Not participating in full time training or education as defined by the school
  • Additional suitability criteria will be assessed by program staff

How do I get started?

The first step is to speak to one of our experienced staff to see if the Youth Job Connection program is right for you. Please call 519-822-5119 (Guelph), 519-623-9380 (Cambridge), 519-743-2460 (Kitchener) or visit the location near you for more information. You can also find out more in our Youth Job Connection overview presentation.

Not the right program for you? No problem. Contact us to get information about other employment services available at Lutherwood.

Contact us to learn more

This Employment Ontario program is funded by the Ontario government.

Employment Ontario