YEC Update - Youth Hiring Fair - Get the Word Out!
The Youth Employment Centre's (YEC) Hiring Fair is just around the corner. We would appreciate if you could share information about the annual Hiring Fair with youth.
What: Annual Youth Hiring Fair
When: Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Time: 1:30 - 6:00pm
Where: Hall B, Big Four Building, Stampede Park
Why: To get a job! Full time, part time or seasonal positions available.
For the most current updates on our Hiring Fair, youth should check out our event on Facebook. To access the list of employers attending, click here. Young people can also check out our blog that features great tips on how to prepare for the fair.
Look at our website for information including a poster that you can print and post for youth. If you work at a school, it would be great if you could include the hiring fair details in your school announcements.
If youth need help preparing for the hiring fair, they can come to YEC and meet with a counsellor. A counsellor can help youth to target their résumé for the positions they are interested in, and practice what they want to say to employers at the fair.
YEC is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and we are located on the 2nd floor of 315-10th Ave SE. Please encourage youth to come to YEC before the day of the event. For more information about the hiring fair, contact McKensi Mills at (403) 268-4767.
2013 Youth Employment Centre's Scholarships
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 the Calgary Winter Club, IKEA, and McDonald's for sponsoring sole scholarships in the amount of $1000 this year!
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, 2013.
The Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre Woodworks Training Program
Trades and apprenticeship are a significant part of the Calgary educational and industrial frame work but one of the trades that may often be overlooked in our Oil-and-Gas city is the Cabinet making trade. This is an excellent trade for creative youth who want a stable career where they are able to work with their hands and create beautiful custom woodwork.
The Calgary Drop-In Centre realizes the powerful, positive impact that the cabinet making trade can have on low-income youth and for 13 years have been providing free training and guidance for individuals in this direction. Students participate in an initial three week program through Employment Services Training, where they develop important life and computer skills, in addition to receiving safety training certifications. They are then employed at the Woodworks shop for three months where they learn and develop cabinetry making skills from talented Journeymen. Over the course at their time with the Woodworks program, youth gain confidence and a sense of self-worth while developing a set of skills that will aid them over the course of their entire lives.
Discovering Your Opportunities Program
Discovering Your Opportunities, a five week summer employment and life skills program for pregnant or parenting moms ages 15-19, runs from July 2 - August 2, 2013. This program is a great opportunity for youth to gain high school credits, earn some money, and gain valuable work experiences. Classroom topics include career planning, employer expectations, workplace safety, job search strategies, and some fun activities. With a focus on the work experience placement, participants are matched with a business and will work at that business part-time for the duration of the program. This gives many of the moms their first introduction to the working world, and they benefit through gaining experience and a reference that they can use in the future.
Employer Spotlight - The Calgary Zoo
This month's employer spotlight is The Calgary Zoo. The Calgary Zoo's mission is to take and inspire action to sustain wildlife and wild places. They are a not-for-profit charitable institution; all revenue is reinvested back into conservation activities at the zoo and around the world. The zoo cares deeply about the animals in their care and teaching guests to protect the diversity of life on earth.
The Calgary Zoo employs approximately 350 people. The types of position they offer include full time, part time and seasonal. They have a variety of job opportunities that require different skill sets. The wage for the concession, retail and guest relation positions starts at $11 per hour. The Calgary Zoo will provide training and any personal protective equipment required for all entry level positions. If you are applying for these positions, some high school and cash handling experience would be an asset. They are also looking for candidates with a positive attitude, who are trustworthy and have a willingness to learn. The current job posting can be located at www.calgaryzoo.com/jobs