Client Success Story | YEC Workshops | Employer Spotlight
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It's time to register for our annual Youth Hiring Fair!
The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre would like to extend an invitation for your organization to participate in the 19th Annual Youth Hiring Fair taking place on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 at the Stampede Park.
Over 5,000 youth between the ages of 15-24 are expected to attend this event, representing a variety of skill and educational levels.
We look forward to having your organization take part in this event!
All in For Youth
With over 140 volunteers representing a wide variety of professions and trades, Career Talks gives high school students an insight into career options through life stories and personal journeys. Youth relate to these stories, are motivated and encouraged to complete high school and start their own career journey. "I didn't know what I wanted to be after I graduate and now I have some options to consider in health care," shared a student.
Through informal conversations, and in a casual setting of up to 10 students, high school youth get a better understanding of what employers' value in candidates, discover careers they might have otherwise never considered, and get a better picture of what being in a certain profession would look like. Students learn about the ins and outs of the speaker's career, but also hear stories of how others have overcome adversity to achieve their career goals
Besides learning about career opportunities and connecting with positive role models, students also discover the services of The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre (YEC) who is funded by the United Way of Calgary and Area to coordinate the Career Talks in 20 Calgary high schools.
Career Café - Technology
Have you ever wondered if you can pursue a technology career in Calgary? What are the different job possibilities in tech?
Come to the Central Branch of The Calgary Public Library on Friday, January 13th from noon to 1 p.m. to learn about the growing careers in technology. Find out about job opportunities and career paths in software companies and 3D art and game design. Representatives from Solium and Rally Engine will be speaking along with a freelance 3D artist.
Career Café is presented by The Career Development Association of Alberta, The Calgary Public Library and The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre. Career Cafés 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.
Client Success Story
Sophia Hong was a 22 year old immigrant of three years when she first accessed the Youth Employment Centre's resources. After being laid off from her job as a drafting technologist, Sophia had been in search of work, and accessing EI, for 5 months before coming to the YEC.
Sophia met with a Youth Employment Counsellor who determined that Sophia required skill development with regards to resume and cover letter writing, job searching techniques, and expanding her professional network. Sophia's goal was to obtain employment related to her education experience in Engineering and Drafting technology.
With assistance from her Employment Counsellor, Sophia was introduced to a wealth of resources and coached to improve her job searching capabilities. Through informational interviews, interview coaching, and resume revising, Sophia was able to connect with a recently hired team member with a Calgary based engineering firm. She was also encouraged to join a science and engineering association.
Sophia then came to the YEC to receive support with her job application and responding to pre-screening questions for a potential position at the engineering firm. Although she got an interview, Sophia was encouraged to continue her job search in the meantime. Counsellors at YEC provided Sophia with a mock interview to prepare and help her develop essential interviewing skills. As a result of the performance feedback and tips she was offered, she was successful in her interview and secured a fulltime position as a Junior CAD Technologist. The skills Sophia gained through the YEC empowered her and gave her the confidence she needed to be successful and attain her employment goal.
YEC is offering monthly in-house workshops (2nd floor, 315 10th Ave S.E.) for youth ages 15-24. The following is our January workshop schedule:
Resume & Cover Letter Building Workshop
When: January 12, 2017 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Job Search Strategies Workshop
When: January 16, 2017 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Interview Preparation Workshop
When: January 23, 2017 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Employer Spotlight - The Calgary Fire Department
For the month of January, the Youth Employment Centre is excited to partner with The Calgary Fire Department. With 39 fire stations distributed throughout the city, The City of Calgary hires more than 1400 full time firefighting positions. The Calgary Fire Department has been serving Calgary for over 125 years and continues to develop its recruitment practices and encouragement of professional development for its employees.
Once recruited, there is a three month paid training program. Firefighters can earn anywhere from $5,266 - $8,101 per month, dependent on their status and years served, with annual pay raises. Within the organization, firefighters can develop their skill sets through written and practical examinations to help move to further positions, including Captain and Lieutenant. After serving as a firefighter for a few years and obtaining the practical development, firefighters can apply their learning to be involved in a different position for parts of their career. These positions include: Training Officer, Health and Safety Officer, Fire Inspector, Fire Investigations, Fire Recruitment, Fire Prevention and Community Safety positions. Firefighters can also train in specific specialities to help further their development. These trainings include: aquative, rope or heavy rescue programs, hazardous materials, and airport suppression.
The Calgary Fire Department supports and partners with various social programs across the city. Raising the standards on the renewal of City owned buildings, the Fire Department has received a Gold Level certification in the sustainable building policy through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Partnering with the City's Waste and Recycling Services to offer a Household Hazardous Waste Program to divert over three million kilograms of chemical waste liquids from Calgary landfills each year. The Calgary Fire Department has also partnered with Parks to help reduce and increase recycled water usage, by over 50%.
If you are interested in a career that encourages growth and constant learning, then the Fire Department is a perfect place for you. The Calgary Fire Department is looking for individuals who have a desire to work hard, are empathetic and have strong communication skills. The minimum requirements to be a firefighter is to be 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, a clean and valid class 5 drivers license with no restrictions, up to date vaccinations, no criminal convictions, and Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status. Your chances would be increased if you had a EMR certification, Health Care Provider CPR and a higher level of licence, such as a Class 3 with Q (air brake) endorsement. It can take up to 9 months for an applicant to complete the 10 step firefighter selection process. These steps include, filling out an application, completing an aptitude test, a review of documents to meet necessary requirements, a panel interview based upon a behavioral descriptive interview style, completion of a polygraph exam, completion of a Candidate Physical Ability Test in a form of a relay race, undergo a review by the Selection Committee, and the completion of a recruit training class, with a conditional job offer followed by a physical examination.
After the completion of the intense Monday to Friday 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. training program, full time firefighters will work a rotation of two 10 hour day shifts, followed by two 14 hour night shifts, with four days off after that. There is no part time or contract work available. Firefighters will receive gear to wear to help complete the job, which is paid for by The City. To find out current opportunities or for more information about the career, you can visit The City of Calgary website or the Calgary firefighters Facebook and twitter accounts for current opportunities, application processes and qualifications.