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Employer Events at YEC

YEC Update - Employer Events at YEC

Are you looking for your next job opportunity? Take a look at the list of upcoming employer events happening at YEC.

Calgary Flames
The Calgary Flames are recruiting energetic, enthusiastic individuals to join their concessions team! Youth ages 15-24 can bring their résumé and be prepared for on the spot interviews. Drop in to the Youth Employment Centre between 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Friday September 11th, 2015.

Calgary Winter Club
The Calgary Winter Club is hiring for their restaurant and sports bar. Youth ages 15-24 are invited to drop in on Thursday, September 17th, 2015 between 1 - 4 p.m. Bring a résumé and be prepared for interviews on the spot.

Youth ages 15-24 are welcome to meet one on one with an RCMP recruiter on Friday, September 18th, 2015 from 1 - 4 p.m. Find out the best education and experience for the job and the real facts on working for the RCMP.

Nannies on Call
Youth ages 15-24 who are interested in the childcare field can come and learn about being a nanny. How can being a nanny launch your childcare career? What are the benefits of nannying with an agency? Come to YEC on Thursday, September 24th, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. to find out.

Canadian Armed Forces - Naval Reserves
Youth ages 15-24 are invited to attend a presentation at 1:30 p.m. about working for the Canadian Armed Forces - Naval Reserves. Talk to a recruiter about the opportunities, educational benefits and application process.

Eight Youth Awarded $1000 Scholarship

The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre (YEC) offers scholarships to youth ages 15-24, who have worked on career planning or job search activities with a YEC employment counsellor. These scholarships are available for youth to use towards an accredited post-secondary program, apprenticeship, training or upgrading program.

YEC has been running a scholarship program for 12 years. YEC has given away a total of 71 scholarships, valuing over $70,000 since 2003.

A total of eight $1,000 scholarships were awarded to local youth this year.

Thank you to the following scholarship sponsors and supporters this year:

  • $1,000 scholarship sponsor - Calgary Winter Club
  • $1,000 scholarship sponsor - McDonald's Canada
  • $500 scholarship supporter - Cemrock Conrete
  • $500 scholarship supporter - Shakers Fun Centre

Over 70 employers also financially supported the YEC scholarship and bursary program through their hiring fair registration fees in 2015. Thank you!

The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre's Aboriginal Youth Connections Group starts Monday, September 21st, 2015!

  • Learn about Community, Culture & Employment
  • Aboriginal Youth 15-24
  • Meet once a week at 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Lunch is provided
  • Meet new friends
  • Create a positive network

For more information, contact Sherri Kellock, Aboriginal Youth Outreach Worker at 403-268-5463.

Aboriginal Resource & Hiring Fair

Presented by Calgary Urban Aboriginal Initiative Services Domain and Aboriginal Futures Career & Training Centre: Save the date for the Aboriginal Resource & Hiring Fair, happening on Wednesday, October 14th, 2015. The event runs from 1 - 4 p.m. at 636 Marlborough Way N.E.

Click here for event details.

Click here for the registration form.

All In For Youth

The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre is excited to announce that we have renewed our partnership with United Way of Calgary and Area and the All in For Youth Initiative for year two of our Career Talks program!

Career Talks
promotes high school completion by having volunteers share their personal stories and journeys into their respective professions through small, informal discussion groups (1-10 students) in 21 High Schools throughout Calgary. Each 30 minute Career Talk focuses on the importance of setting obtainable goals, navigating the world of work, overcoming challenges and self discovery. They are not professional presentations, recruiting events, hiring fairs or a way of convincing students towards a certain career path.

Who it's meant for...
The Career Talks are structured and most suitable for students who may not be strong academically, are facing barriers to high school completion, need extra support/guidance and motivation to achieve their goals and/or just don't know what they want to do with their lives! Our greatest emphasis in volunteer recruitment is to engage positive role models from diverse backgrounds who are currently employed in careers that don't require extensive post- secondary education.

Where they take place...
Over the past year we have held 63 Career Talks in informal areas of host AIFY schools (lounge, board room, resource areas etc.) to encourage group discussion and participation. Each Talk is facilitated by a City of Calgary Youth Employment Counsellor to further support students in attendance.

How to Volunteer...
If you would like to find out more about this initiative and/or would like to volunteer individually or as an employer please contact:

Mike Audfroid
City of Calgary Youth Employment Counsellor & All in For Youth Liaison
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(403) 268-8935

Christina David
City of Calgary Youth Employment Counsellor & All in for Youth Liaison
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(403) 268-5747

Discovering Your Opportunities a Success!

Discovering Your Opportunities (DYO) completed its 16th successful program this summer. DYO is a life skills and work experience program for pregnant and parenting young mothers, providing them the opportunity to gain entry-level work experience, a stipend, and high school credits. The program could not run without the ongoing partnership between Catholic Family Service, the Calgary Board of Education, and the Youth Employment Centre.

This year, the program graduated ten girls, of which, all who received full-credits for the program. Thank you to the following employers for hosting students this year:

  • Adventurers School Age Care
  • Alberta Guide Dog Services
  • Bethany Care Society
  • Bow View Manor
  • Extendicare Hillcrest
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation
  • Kal Tire
  • Manana
  • Shopper's Drug Mart Kensington
  • The Calgary Winter Club
  • YMCA- Kids in Motion Program

Two DYO participants were offered to stay on part-time at their work experience as employees, and four of them were offered volunteer roles in the organizations! DYO was helpful to participants in realizing career paths they were interested in pursuing, and what education and experience was required to get there.  It also gave them the opportunity to build lasting relationships with their mentors, who, moving forwards can act as references for the participants in helping them to secure jobs in the future. Employers were provided the opportunity to mentor and make a difference in the lives of the participants, allowing them to gain new perspectives and appreciation for the challenges teen mothers face.

Thank you to everyone who continues to support Discovering Your Opportunities, especially those who helped in program planning and who volunteered their time to facilitate workshops and practice mock interviews with participants. We look forwards to many more successful years of Discovering Your Opportunities, where girls graduate the program feeling more prepared and confident about entering the workforce.

Client Success Story - Kalila James

"My experience with Project Protégé was a huge success, and something that I would recommend all students (enrolled at Mount Royal University, Rocky Mountain College or University of Calgary's Human Services, Social Work or Recreation studies) to apply for. The program assisted me in meeting professionals in my field, networking with various organizations and developing a meaningful career plan. This program empowered me to make conscious choices that would assist me in reaching my goals. Throughout this program I was able to conduct numerous informational interviews, as well as, receive relevant feedback in regards to my résumé, cover letter and interviewing skills.

Since completing the program I was able to secure a job with The City, and feel confident in my ability to job search and network throughout my career path. Furthermore, I have been able to confidently assist friends, co-workers and clients throughout their job search, as well as, recommend the amazing services the Youth Employment Centre can provide for youth and young adults entering the job force."

Kalila James, 2014-2015 Project Protégé Participant

For more information on The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre's Project Protégé program, click here.

Employer of the Month: Canadian Armed Forces - Naval Reserves

This month's Employer Spotlight features The Canadian Armed Forces - Department of National Defence! The Naval Reserves in Calgary, HMCS Tecumseh, is part of the Royal Canadian Navy. The Naval Reserve provides the majority of the crews for Canada's 12 Kingston Class Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels. With 24 locations across Canada, and at least one in each province, the Naval Reserves has about 26,000 employees!

The Naval Reserves in Calgary offers part-time employment that has the potential to become full-time, in a wide variety of positions. They are currently looking to fill positions such as naval communicator, boatswain, supply technician, resource management support clerks, naval combat information operator, musician, public affairs officer, chaplain, music director. To see full descriptions of these positions, and more, please visit Many of these positions require applicants to be at least 16 years old, have a grade 10 education, be a full-time student, have parental consent (if underage) and be a Canadian citizen. Pay starts at $90.30 per day for non-commissioned employees.

Naval Reservists are engaged in their everyday lives while pursuing a military career - many of whom are students. They work for the Navy in the evenings, on weekends and during the summer period, in an occupation of their choice. Most serve on a part time basis, with no obligation to participate in any mission overseas. However, many full-time employment opportunities and deployments are available to those Reservists who volunteer for them.

The Naval Reserves is looking for individuals who are self-disciplined, physically and medically fit, can adapt and be flexible to work in a fast paced, sometimes stressful, environment. They are looking for team players who can show respect, dedication and strong character in the work place. If you think you would be a good addition to their team, visit their website at You can also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 403-410-2475 for more information. Recruiters from HMCS Tecumseh will be at the Youth Employment Centre on Friday, September 25th. Drop in at 1:30 p.m. for a presentation about being a naval reservist and find out more about the application process. The application process includes a background check, fitness test, medical exam and aptitude test and can take upwards of four months to complete - but can also be a great starting place for a fulfilling career!

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