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YEC Update - Hiring Events at YEC

Want to learn about manufacturing and supply positions at Safeway? Attend the presentation at the City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre (2nd floor, 315 10th Ave S.E.) on Thursday, September 18th, at 2 p.m

Competitive Wages, Flexible Hours, Scholarship Program Available, Bonuses, Excellent Training, Advancement Opportunities...Want to learn more? Attend the Mr.Lube hiring event at the City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre (2nd floor, 315 10th Ave S.E.) on Friday, September 19, from 1-4 p.m

The Calgary Flames are currently recruiting energetic, enthusiastic individuals to join their team. Come to the City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre (2nd floor, 315 10th Ave S.E.) on Thursday, September 25th from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. to speak with a recruiter. Bring your resume and be prepared for an on-the-spot interview.

Positions available include:

  • Concessions Cashier
  • Food Vendors
  • Beer Vendors
  • Concession Prep Workers
  • Runners
  • Concession Cook
  • Concession Station Supervisor
  • Concession Floor Supervisor
  • Fine Dining Servers
  • Restaurant Hosts/Hostess
  • Restaurant Bussers
  • Lounge Server
  • Restaurant Server Assistant
  • Restaurant Greeters
  • 3rd Cooks
  • 2nd Cooks
  • 1st Cooks
  • Chef de Partie
  • Retail Sales Associates

Would you like to attend an upcoming hiring event? Here are some tips to consider:

  • Youth are encouraged to come prepared by bringing your resume and dressing for success.
  • Research the company ahead of time! It does not impress the employer when you approach them asking what the company does.
  • It may also be a good idea to come to YEC and get some tips from an Employment Counsellor beforehand. Our services are free!

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2014 Scholarship Program

The 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 11 years. YEC has given away a total of 63 scholarships, valuing nearly $60,000, since 2003.

Over the years, numerous businesses have sponsored entire scholarships worth $1000 each. In addition, many companies have sponsored entire scholarships for multiple years, contributing thousands of dollars to the scholarship program. These company sponsors include:

  • Blue-Con Excavating
  • Calgary Construction Association
  • Calgary Stampede
  • Calgary Winter Club
  • Canada Safeway
  • Canadian Pacific Railway
  • EECOL Electric
  • H&R Block
  • IKEA
  • McDonald's
  • Purdy's
  • Scotiabank
  • Sears
  • Shakers Fun Centre
  • Sobeys West
  • Southland Transportation
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 496

Also, hundreds of employers financially support the YEC scholarship and bursary program each year through their hiring fair registration fees.

In addition to the scholarships open to YEC clients, this year for the first time, YEC offered a scholarship specifically to alumni of the Project Protégé program. The scholarship applications have been reviewed for 2014 and the winners are as follows:

  • Grace Chewkas Onwuka - $1000 Scholarship sponsored by Calgary Winter Club. Click here to view her testimonial.
  • Xin Rui Cai - $1000 Scholarship sponsored by McDonald's
  • Ashley Baptiste - $1000 Scholarship sponsored by Shakers Fun Centre and Blue-Con Excavating
  • Jill Coleman - $1000 Project Protégé Scholarship

Congratulations to this year's winners! YEC would like to formally thank Calgary Winter Club, McDonalds, Shakers Fun Centre and Blue-Con Excavating for their generous sponsorships which made this year's scholarships possible. Also, thank you once again to the scholarship sponsors from the years past!

Youth on Work-Motivate, Engage, Inspire

On Wednesday, May 22nd, the City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre and The Talent Pool Society hosted an event “The Age of Agility III, Youth on Work-Motivate, Engage, Inspire”. We welcomed a diverse group of employers ready to find out what youth are looking for in an employer and tips on managing a multigenerational workforce.

Please click here to access the report on the event.

Discovering Your Opportunities 2014 Program

Discovering Your Opportunities (DYO) recently completed another successful program this summer. DYO is a life skills and work experience program for pregnant and parenting young mothers and has been a life changing experience for over 150 young women over the last 15 years.

This year, the program graduated 13 girls, of which 11 received full high school credits for completing the program. This is a record setting number for DYO! With many previous employers returning this year including Calgary Legal Guidance and the House Coffee Sanctuary, and a few new employers joining our program this year, Esoterik Body Art and Bentley, the program was able to help young mothers create a meaningful plan for their future and help realize their strengths and talents both personally and professionally. This year, many of the participants were asked to come back to volunteer or work at their respective work experience placements after the program had ended.

For many girls, DYO helped them realize their career paths and what steps they need to take in order to fulfill their goals. Overall, DYO helped all the participants this year feel more positive about themselves and about their futures.

Discovering Your Opportunities is a partnership program between Catholic Family Service, the Calgary Board of Education and The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre. This year, DYO celebrated its 15th anniversary to commemorate all the partners, staff and students involved in the program since 2001. The celebration event was a time for all those involved in the program to reflect upon the successes of the program and recognize the positive impact the program has on the lives of so many young women.

Thank you to everyone who made Discovering Your Opportunities a success. With dedicated partners and staff, DYO will continue to help young women make their dreams and hopes come true.

Jump $tart 2014 Program

Twelve youth completed Jump $tart in July at the Youth Employment Centre. Jump $tart is a work preparation program for 15 and 16 year olds wanting to enter the workforce. Youth participated in workshops, presentations, volunteering, and tours.

"The experiences I have had with Jump $tart have prepared me to successfully find and keep a job because the program has taught us about a lot of stuff that we don't learn at school or from our parents, while also providing us with the opportunities to exercise these new skills. Jump $tart has opened my eyes to how many job opportunities there are, both part-time and as a career path, and has helped to prepare us all for when we get jobs.”"- Tanith J. 2014 Jump$tart participant.

We would like to thank the staff of the Youth Employment Centre who facilitated mock interviews for participants. We would like to thank the Drop-in Centre for hosting the group for a morning of volunteering, CityTV for a great tour and behind the scenes look at how Breakfast Television is filmed, and Calgary Sports & Entertainment Corporation for the tour of the Saddledome and the great advice on how to become an employee. We would like to thank TD Insurance, Bayer Canada, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, and Futurepreneur for speaking with participants and planting the seed for future career opportunities.

Seven youth chose to participate in an optional work experience with local employers to gain hands-on experience. This great opportunity would not have been possible without the support of: Calgary Winter Club, CJSW 90.9 FM, GlobalFest, Pedalheads Bike Camps, The Calgary Zoo, and The Salvation Army. Thank you for welcoming the youth into your work place.

For more information on Jump $tart, contact Nancy Gibbons at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

United Way All In For Youth

The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre is excited to announce that we have partnered with the United Way Calgary and Area All in for Youth Initiative!

In June 2013, United Way and its partners launched a ground-breaking initiative that will connect Calgary's youth to the opportunities they need to be successful in school and beyond. The All In for Youth initiative is a movement of citizens, companies, organizations and government working together to ensure more youth successfully complete high school and transition to further education, work and adult life.

The All In for Youth initiative aims to:

  1. Keep youth in school
  2. Bring youth back to school
  3. Link youth to the diverse array of post-secondary and career options

The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre has committed to working alongside United Way in offering career talks and career tours in participating all in for youth high schools throughout Calgary.

Career Talks is a series of informational sessions where high school students will meet and learn from professionals about various career options. the speakers will be volunteers from different employment sectors in the Calgary area and will commit to offering students a 30 minute informational session to discuss a typical work day in their respective field with insight into their profession and the path that they took to get there.

Career Tours act as an extension to career talks where students will get to visit various work sites where employers will facilitate job shadowing, networking and tours of the workplace. 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 - All In For Youth Liaison at 403-268-8935 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

Employer Spotlight - Heavy Industries

Heavy Industries offers a variety of exciting employment opportunities for motivated individuals who enjoy being creative! Heavy Industries is a relatively young company but has quickly skyrocketed to become one of Canada's most sought after design and fabrication companies since opening in 2003. The company designs, fabricates, and installs custom features including well-known Calgary landmarks such as the Wonderland sculpture in front of The Bow Tower.

Heavy Industries is hired to take designs created by artists, architects, and design professionals and make them a reality. The company is based out of Calgary and employs approximately 55 staff. They are an innovative and dynamic company that are involved with creating some of Canada's most interesting and high profile projects!

Heavy Industries seeks employees that are dedicated, intelligent, and able to work in a fast-paced environment. They also look for staff who work well as team members, as it takes a lot of collaboration to pull off one of their amazing creations. Heavy Industries has a variety of different employment opportunities including sales and marketing positions, a 3D design team, sculptors, painters, welders, carpenters, general labourers, and many more! If you are interested in a job at Heavy Industries, there are many opportunities to get involved as they employ full time, part time, seasonal, and contractual positions. They offer competitive wages with the opportunity to earn more as you gain more experience. Employees must be at least 16 years old in order to apply and work with Heavy Industries.

A career with Heavy Industries will provide you with opportunities to work on unique projects and develop a variety of skills that you may not have the option do otherwise. Their website, has a job board with the most up to date positions and is a great way to learn about opportunities. It describes what makes Heavy Industries unique from other companies and can help you learn more about the benefits of starting your career with them. They recommend applying online where you will be contacted for an interview if they feel that you could be a good fit for the position. Make sure to check before you apply as it is a valuable resource that can help you land an exciting job with one of Canada's industry benchmarks in this field!

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