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16th Annual Youth Hiring Fair - What Youth Need to Know

There are over 80 employers registered for our 16th Annual Hiring Fair this year. Now we are looking for youth! If you know any youth aged 15-24 who are looking for a job right now or for the summer, please recommend that they attend the fair.

The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre Hiring Fair is on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 from 1:30 - 6 p.m. at the Stampede Grounds, BMO Centre. Over 5,000 youth between the ages of 15-24 are expected to attend this event, representing a variety of skill and educational levels.

Youth planning to attend our fair should be prepared. It is difficult to visit every employer, so youth should research ahead of time to see what employers are coming and to target résumés for 10 -15 employers. After speaking with their target employers, youth should have time to check out some of the other booths. A list of employers attending the fair is here. We also have loads of job seeker tips on our YouTube here

Youth looking for help with their job search and résumé before the Hiring Fair can visit YEC to talk to a Career and Employment Counsellor. We are open Monday Friday from 8-5. For more information check out our website or call 403-268-2490.

Work Experience Program Wrap-up

Over the last year, The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre has operated a work experience program for youth with barriers to employment, or limited work experience. The Youth Employment Centre partnered with the Government of Canada to offer this Skills Link Work Experience program. The Skills Link program supports employers by offering a wage subsidy as an incentive to hire youth with barriers or who have limited work experience.

Work experience placements were based on the participants' needs, interests, and skills as outlined in their employment action plan. Participants worked 30-40 hours per week for a period of eight weeks. Many youth were successful, and were able to secure long-term work after the eight week period.

Thank you to the following businesses who hosted a work experience student:

  • CJSW
  • Budget Car and Truck Rentals
  • Delta Bow Valley Hotel
  • Satellite City
  • Trico Centre
  • Executive Royal Inn
  • Wood's Homes Society
  • Leavitt's Ice Cream Shop
  • Tim Horton's
  • Calgary Elks Lodge & Golf Club
  • Mr. Lube (Prairie Lube & Backcountry Industries)
  • Shaw Communications
  • Denny's
  • The House Coffee Sanctuary
  • General Paint
  • Shine Orthodontics

While this program is finished, the Youth Employment Centre offers other work experience programs. For more information contact Leita Blasetti at 403-268-3782 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Youth Employment Centre Scholarship

The Youth Employment Centre's Scholarship Program has begun! Youth ages 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 McDonald's and The Calgary Winter Club for sponsoring sole scholarships in the amount of $1000 this year!

Additional thanks to the following companies for their support of $500 towards a YEC Scholarship.


Youth ages 15-24 that are clients of the Youth Employment Centre (YEC) can apply. To become a client, drop-in to YEC Monday to Friday or call 403-268-2490 for more information. All services offered at YEC are at no cost.

Click here for more information about the YEC scholarships, eligibility criteria, and application forms. Application deadline is June 30, 2014.

YEC Summer Programs - Work Experience Hosts Needed

The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre (YEC) is offering two work experience programs for youth this summer. The Discovering Your Opportunities program for young mothers and JumpStart for 15 and 16 years olds who have never had a job before.

The Discovering Your Opportunities program combines life skills and career planning classes with a focused work experience for young mothers aged 15-19. Partners of the program are the Calgary Board of Education, Catholic Family Services and YEC. This is our 15th year and local employers are vital to the program and help the student learn new skills and gain valuable work experience.

Students will be supervised by a teacher and WCB is covered by the Calgary Board of Education. The unpaid work experience portion of the program runs from July 9th to July 30th (afternoons and full days on Thursday). Your business can help a young mother earn high school credits and make a plan for her future. Interested businesses can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 403-268-5747 for more information.

The Jump $tart program is a free work preparation program for 15 and 16 year olds eager to enter the workforce. Youth participate in employment workshops, guest speakers, workplace tours, volunteering opportunities and an optional 25-hour work exploration to increase self-awareness, improve employment readiness, and build confidence for job search and the workplace.

The minimum 25-hour, unpaid work exploration is hands-on and runs from July 17th - August 1st (a combination of half and full days). Youth Employment Centre staff provide assistance and guidance before, during, and after the work exploration. Your business can help a young worker gain experience and confidence. If you are interested in supporting Jump $tart as a guest speaker, hosting a workplace tour or hosting a work exploration, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 403-268-2781 for more information.

Employer Spotlight - H&M

H&M is one of the world's largest fashion retailers: H&M has over 3,100 stores in 53 countries worldwide, and employs more than 116,000 people. H&M expanded into Canada in 2004 and has continued to grow with 66 stores across the country and over 2,000 employees. What makes H&M remarkable is their outstanding employees who thrive in a fast-paced environment where the customer is always the centre of attention.

H&M values their employees' personalities and talents and strongly encourages them to "dress their personality". At H&M there are no uniforms, tattoos, piercings and crazy hair are all common place at H&M. H&M looks to hire individuals who are sales minded, social, open, communicative and ambitious team players with an "anything is possible attitude". They are looking for employees who take charge when required and provide an inviting and exciting shopping experience for the customer. If you are interested in a job with H&M, there are some great opportunities for Sales Advisors, Visual Merchandisers and Department Managers in the Calgary Area. Employees must be at least 16 years old in order to apply and work with H&M.

The opportunities are endless with H&M! H&M offers their employees competitive wages, generous benefits - including a paid day off for your birthday - and much more. H&M advertises all current opportunities on, Here you can review the job description and even access multimedia content that gives an overview of a "day in the life" of an H&M employee. H&M's career site also speaks to the company's values and can help you learn more about the company. Make sure to check out before you apply, as it is a valuable resource that can help you land a fashionable job with H&M!

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