YEC Workshops | Summer Work Student | Client Success Story | Employer Spotlight
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19th Annual Youth Hiring Fair
The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre's 19th Annual Youth Hiring Fair is happening this month! Over 5000 youth ages 15-24 from a variety of skill and education levels are expected at the event.
Last year, the Youth Employment Centre saw an unprecedented attendance of 8,000 youth walk through the doors. Don't miss your chance to be a part of the largest youth hiring event in Calgary. Join us on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 at the Big Four Building, Stampede Park from 1:30 - 6 p.m.
We look forward to seeing you at the Youth Hiring Fair!
Winner of the 2016 Youth Hiring Fair iPad Giveaway
Enter to win an iPad Mini!
The Youth Employment Centre has an iPad Mini up for grabs in anticipation of the Youth Hiring Fair on March 28th. To gain entries into the draw:
- Follow us on social media (click below). Each follow is an entry.
- Repost/share our contest post on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for an entry per post. Hashtag #FindYourPossible and mention the Youth Employment Centre.
- Complete an on-site event evaluation at the Youth Hiring Fair for an entry.
- Take an on-site selfie at the Youth Hiring Fair and post to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for an entry per post. Hashtag #FindYourPossible and mention the Youth Employment Centre.
Contest ends on March 28th, 2017 at 6 p.m. The winner will be notified on March 29th, 2017. Good luck!
Career Café - Careers in Manufacturing
Did you know Calgary has a vibrant manufacturing industry? From oil and gas to agri-food, there are a lot of opportunities.
Find out about the Manufacturing industry from a variety perspectives at Career Café: at the Central Branch of The Calgary Public Library, Friday, March 3 from noon to 1 p.m.
Career Café: is presented by The Career Development Association of Alberta, The Calgary Public Library and The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre. Career Café:s will take place at the Central branch of The Library (616 MacLeod Trail S.E.) and will cover a variety of career development topics and labour market information throughout the year.
YEC is offering monthly in-house workshops (2nd floor, 315 10th Ave S.E.) for youth ages 15-24.
The following is our March workshop schedule:
Resume & Cover Letter Building Workshop
When: March 23, 2017 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Job Search Strategies Workshop
When: March 24, 2017 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Interview Preparation Workshop
When: March 27, 2017 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange Program Info Session
Experience the journey of a lifetime on the YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange Program. Drop-in to The Youth Employment Centre from 2-4 p.m. Friday, March 3 to learn about the exciting program. The Summer Work Exchange Program is exclusively for 16 and 17 year olds looking for a Canadian cultural exchange experience and who want to gain work experience. Along with these benefits, this is a paid program, so youth can earn some money too! Come and speak with the program coordinator to learn about the logistics and application process.
Client Success Story
Sam is 19 years old and is currently a client at the Youth Employment Centre. He first accessed the services of an Employment Counsellor in April 2016. His goal was to find employment in a customer service position to save money and be able to apply for video and film courses at SAIT.
He had his high school diploma and was upgrading to increase his chance to attend further education. Sam had limited work experience in labour positions when he was in high school and wanted to gain customer service skills. Sam and his Employment Counsellor worked focusing on obtaining a customer service position. The first step in his job search was working on a targeted resume. As Sam's goal was to work and eventually prepare for post secondary, a major focus was on work-life balance.
Sam decided to target a local coffee shop for his job search. Further discussions and meetings were held about interview preparation, mock interviews and researching the employer to prepare for the interview. Sam did all the prep work to be hired and was successful. He has been working in his current position for over 6 months and is well on his way to maintaining work-life balance while saving for further schooling. He is currently receiving enough hours to receive benefits and plans to access further resources to add to his savings for Post Secondary. Sam has proven to be a very flexible, dedicated and hard working young man willing to help out at other locations when opportunities arose.
He is currently working towards his goal to return to school and plans to conduct some informational interviews with people who work in the Video and Film industry. He is also planning to research volunteering options to gain skills in Video and Film while continuing to work towards his career goal.
It has been a pleasure to work with Sam over the past year and observe how he continues to work towards his goals. Sam has been working towards dressing for success and enjoying working in customer service and as part of a team.
- Youth Employment Counsellor
Watch the video newsletter (link at top of newsletter) to hear Sam's video testimony.
Employer Spotlight - Century Downs Racetrack and Casino
The Youth Employment Centre is excited to partner with Century Downs Racetrack and Casino for our March Employer Spotlight. Century Downs Racetrack and Casino has been in operation since April of 2015. There are 2 locations in Calgary, 2 in Edmonton and 2 in Colorado, USA. There are also Century locations in Poland, Aruba and onboard cruise ships. Century Casino aspires to create meaningful and purposeful community opportunities to enrich their employees' lives while giving back to their community. They have a community engagement program where they set up volunteer opportunities every month for employees to sign up to volunteer their time.
Century Casino currently employs 300 people for full time and part time positions in the Calgary area. In Alberta, they employ around 750 people in total. Benefits offered to employees include discounts on meals while on shifts, RRSP Plan and Health and Dental for full-time employees. Some of the entry level positions they have include:
- Customer Service Representative
- Prep Cook
- Line Cook
- Security Guard
- Slot Attendant
- Count Room Attendant
- Mutual Clerk
If you like working in a fun and fast-paced environment, Century Downs Racetrack and Casino may be the employer you are looking for.