$1000 Scholarship | Client Success Story
Indigenous Youth Workshop | Employer Spotlight
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Employer Events at YEC
McBride Residential and Commercial Installer and Servicer Program Recruiting
Drop in to YEC on Tuesday, October 18 between 1-4 p.m. to learn more about the Residential and Commercial Installer and Servicer Program offered by McBride Career Group. This program teaches participants how to install and service prefabricated items such as cabinets, windows, decks, etc. A great introduction to the construction industry, the program includes workshop time at SAIT and a work experience placement
Post Your Seasonal Job Opportunities
If your organization has seasonal job opportunities for the upcoming holiday season, consider posting them on the YEC job board at no cost.
Seasonal job opportunities are a great way to get young people in your organization and allow youth to gain direct work experience within your industry. Youth have already begun looking for those holiday jobs that will provide them with new skills and additional work experience as well as extra money for school, etc.
To post part-time, full-time or seasonal job opportunities, on the YEC job board click here.
Career Café: Career and Labour Market Information
Career Café offers career and labour market information to job seekers, career planners and career professionals. Each noon-hour talk is based on an industry with two to three speakers. Seven Career Cafés are planned this year focusing on Calgary's key industries as identified by Calgary Economic Development. The first Career Café features careers in banking and finance on October 28, main floor of the Central Library.
Score a $1000 Scholarship!
The Youth Employment Centre's Annual Scholarship Program deadline is approaching! Youth aged 15-24 that are job searching or career planning can apply for $1000 towards their educational, training, or upgrading goals.
The Youth Employment Centre would like to acknowledge Tim Horton's for sponsoring a sole scholarship in the amount of $1000 this year!
Youth ages 15-24 that are clients of the Youth Employment Centre can apply. Click here for more information about the YEC scholarships, eligibility criteria, and application forms. Application deadline is October 31st, 2016.
Client Success Story
At 20 years old, Patrick was an unemployed First Nations male who recently moved from Edmonton to Calgary in July of 2016. He accessed the Youth Employment Centre due to having a lack of support network coupled with an inability to find employment on his own.
Patrick first met with an employment counsellor and identified long-term and short-term goals. This included revealing his strengths: being extremely personable and having a strong foundation of work experience, as well as his barriers to success: not having a resume, lacking standard industry training, not completing high school, not having the finances to access transit, and lacking essential safety equipment to secure his desired job. In other words, although Patrick was a motivated job seeker with some great qualities, he was not considered ready to work by the employers he approached.
With the direction of his counsellor and support of YEC, Patrick developed and followed the plan to increase his employability: he completed First Aid, WHMIS, and CSTS training and he also became a certified Forklift Operator. With encouragement and assistance of his counsellor, Patrick then created a targeted resume and developed his job search skills to a point where he was independent and confident! With these achievements behind him all that was left was to get Patrick his personal protective equipment and transit access. He received a couple monthly passes and YEC provided work boots, a hard hat, safety glasses, vest, and overalls. Patrick was now dressed for success and ready to job search across the city.
In just a matter of weeks, he not only secured a full-time roofing position, but he also learned the skills to be successful in life. To this day, he continues shingling and he even speaks of a potential opportunity to run his own crew in the near future. This motivation is fuelled with the desire of saving up enough money so he can complete his high school education, so one day he can work in the warehouse labourer industry. Patrick has expressed his gratitude for the help and support he received from the Youth Employment Centre and his counsellor, with the plan to come back and visit when he is ready for career and education planning.
Indigenous Youth Workshop
The purpose of the Indigenous Teaching Series is to give Indigenous youth opportunity to increase their understandings and connections with Indigenous culture, history and identity.
Wednesday, October 12th and Thursday October 13th from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. Introduction to Beading - This session will introduce youth to traditional beading. They will learn to bead a Medicine Wheel medallion on the first day and the bottom of a feather on the second day. This session is two half days (3 hours each) and will be provided by Moonstone Creation. Storytelling will happen throughout this process. This session will be held at the Bowmont Probation Office (5000 Bowness Road N.W.).
To register, please contact Sherri Kellock, Youth Services Indigenous Liaison, at (403) 268-5463. Non-Indigenous youth are welcome; however, priority will be given to Indigenous youth.
Employer Spotlight - Solium
For the month of October, The Youth Employment Centre is excited to partner with Solium. Solium has been operating since 1999 and with offices in multiple nations around the world. With their head office in Calgary, Solium also operates in the United States, the United Kingdom, Spain, Australia and France; with their newest office opening soon in Hong Kong. Solium supports an enterprise of software products in the technological industry. Their main focus is on exceptional customer service, supporting both corporate clients and their employees.
With 500 employees nationally, and at least 250 employees in the Calgary area, Solium provides full-time, part-time and contract work; with the majority of positions being full-time. There are also several co-op internships in select sections of their business unit. Solium prides itself on its casual and collaborative work environment, with an ability to provide their employees with global mobility opportunities. Solium is constantly expanding their company through innovative ideas. This growth allows Solium to encourage their employees to grow into new roles.
Solium supports many social programs across the country, including the United Way, Adopt a family and the Junior Achievement Awards.
If you believe you have an unfailing commitment to excellent customer service, are a motivated and dedicated team player who is able to provide consumers with smarter software, then Solium would be a perfect place for you. If you are interested in being a part of Solium's enthusiastic and diverse team environment, you can apply online at www.solium.com/careers/. Applicants must be 18 years of age, have a Degree or Diploma with a focus in the financial or IT sectors. Training or experience in customer service and the financial and IT sectors would be considered an asset. When applying online you would submit an online application. If Solium believes you are a right fit for the desired position, you would then be screened through an over the phone interview. Following the phone interview an in person interview would be required, followed by a criminal record check, reference calling and a verification of your educational credentials.
Soluim offers competitive compensation and benefits packages to its employees. Depending on the experience of candidates skills, one could expect a starting wage of $35,000-$40,000/year. For interested students, an hourly wage of $20-$25/hour can be expected based on one's skill set and educational attainments. Solium employees typically work Monday through Friday.