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18th Annual Youth Hiring Fair a Success!

The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre (YEC) hosted its 18th annual Youth Hiring Fair on Tuesday, April 5th, 2016.

Over 8,000 youth were in attendance to meet over 80 employers at the event. Employers accepted application forms, resumes, and interviewed candidates on the spot. 94% of youth were satisfied with the event.

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Employer Events

Drop-in with the Residential and Commercial Installers and Servicers Program

A representative from McBride Career Group will be at The Youth Employment Centre to share information about their Residential and Commercial Installer and Servicer program. Youth aged 15-24 can drop in to learn more about this free program from 1:30-4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. This is a joint program with SAIT and participants will learn how to install and service a variety of interior and exterior prefabricated products such as windows, doors, cabinets, decks, etc and it includes a work experience. The program starts in June of 2016.

Fitness Industry Career Café

Energized by health and fitness? Find out if the fitness industry is a fit for you!

Come to the Central Branch of The Calgary Public Library from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, May 13 to learn about careers in the fitness industry. Speakers are from The Calgary Winter Club, Breathe Hot Yoga and The City of Calgary. Learn out about the opportunities available, education required, and the personal attributes suited to a career in fitness.

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 and will cover a variety of career development topics and labour market information throughout the year. This event is free and does not require registration. For more information about Career Café contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 403-268-3784.

Discovering Your Opportunities

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 The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre. This is our 16th year and local employers are vital to the program and help the students learn new skills and gain valuable work experience.

The Youth Employment Centre is looking for organizations like yours to provide these youth with a work exploration opportunity. Your business can help a youth gain valuable experience and make a difference their future and their families' future.

Students are 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 7th to July 28th (Mondays to Thursdays). 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 403-268-3784 for more information.

Move Over Millenials-Make Room for Generation Z

Born between 1995 and 2010 the first wave of Generation Z workers are entering the workforce. Businesses need to prepare to attract and retain these young workers to their companies.

  • What characteristics make Generation Z different from other generations?
  • What can you expect from a Generation Z worker?
  • What are Generation Z looking for at work?

The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre is hosting a seminar on the Generation Z worker. Join us from 9-10 a.m. at The Youth Employment Centre (2nd floor, 315-10th Avenue S.E.) on Friday, May 13th to learn about this engaged and plugged in generation.

"I found this training to be quite engaging. I enjoyed the fact that we were encouraged to ask questions throughout the presentation. I found the comparisons between the different generations to be quite interesting and at times surprising. The overall quality of the presentation was well done. It was not too lengthy and to the point. I will be able to use what I have learnt in the presentation to better manage my team, many of whom are Generation Z!"- Jessica Curtis, Manager, Breathe Hot Yoga

Registration for the seminar is free. Seats are limited and we are only able to accommodate two representatives per organization on a first come first served basis. Register by emailing Leita Blasetti at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Registrations must be received by May 10th, 2016.

For more information, please contact Leita Blasetti at (403)268-3784.

Client Success Story

Karl came into the Youth Employment Centre seeking assistance with his job search strategies. He was working as a sales representative for Best Buy and trying to find something in the Engineering field.

He met with his employment counsellor Cindy, who helped him to create a targeted resume in addition to doing some online job searching for engineering positions. The key for Karl was to keep actively job searching. Cindy discussed networking and getting involved in the Engineering community to keep focused.

Karl was able to get an interview for an engineering position; there were three parts to this interview. Cindy and Karl did some preparation including mock interviews. He went through the process but unfortunately was not offered the position as the company went with more experienced candidates. Karl felt that it was still a great experience and was grateful for the preparation Cindy had given him.

Karl decided to implement plan B which was to maintain his sales job and look into further education while continuing to look for relevant employment opportunities.

Karl is now registered at SAIT for an Electrical Designer certificate, has had two interviews since then and was able to secure a job as a technical sales and field service engineer!

Way to go Karl!

Employer Spotlight: Fiasco Gelato

The Youth Employment Centre is excited to partner with Fiasco Gelato for the May Employer Spotlight. This delicious company specializes in making the finest Italian Ice Cream in Canada including products such as gelato, espresso, drinking chocolate, house-made marshmallows, seasonal pastries, and a toast menu. Everything sold is freshly made and hand crafted locally.

Fiasco Gelato prides themselves in putting people and the community above all else. Making business choices with the environment and community in mind; reducing their carbon footprint by turning to compostable products, recycled materials, and sustainable ingredients. Fiasco will be zero waste by the end of this year. Currently, they are giving back with a program called “Giving Gang” which focuses on helping The Boys and Girls Club of Calgary make breakfast every week for a school in the NE area. In addition, Fiasco provides a meal to community members in need from every $1 purchased from their featured gelato. Fiasco is invested in making our community better, buying locally, investing in our community and being a smart consumer with the help of the United Way and other organizations.

Fiasco Gelato has one location in Calgary and has various stores in Calgary, Edmonton, and the Vancouver Area. Locations include CO-OP, Sunterra Market, Save-On-Foods, Planet Organic, Redwater Rustic Grille, National, Double Zero Pizza and Chachis Sandwiches. Fiasco creates their own assortment of various flavors which are inspired by holidays, seasons, people and places. Fiasco employs up to 50 seasonal individuals during the summer months. They are currently hiring seasonal, full time, part time and contract positions at their Calgary location. They pride themselves in having opportunities for advancement within their company. To view all current open positions and requirements, and to apply, visit

For additional information, Fiasco's delicious flavors, ingredients and locations visit the Fiasco Gelato website: or check them out on social media apps including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Youtube, and Instagram

YYC Welcoming Fair and Employment Fair

Are you looking to hire? YYC Welcoming Fair and Employment Fair will be held on Tuesday, June 14th from 10am-2pm at the BMO Centre Hall B, Calgary Stampede Grounds. This hiring event is geared to newcomers to Calgary who are looking for entry level employment. Space is limited for booths and the cost to participate is to be determined. For more information or to RSVP your business to attend the YYC Welcoming Fair and Employment Fair please contact Chris Thomas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 403-542-6396.

Alberta Works Week: Customer Service Resource Fair with Starbucks at YEC

YEC was proud to be partner with Starbucks Coffee Canada during their Global Month of Service in April. Starbucks takes an interest in supporting youth in our communities achieve their goals. On April 29, over 20 partners from Starbucks volunteered to assist youth aged 15-24 identify their customer service skills, provided résumé feedback and job interview suggestions. And since Starbucks is in the business of coffee, staff provided coffee education with delicious samples.

In order to maximize their impact, Starbucks staff prepared a short presentation about their coffee sourcing and company values. Students from Discovering Choices High School who participated were able to relate this to their high school social studies curriculum.

This was not a Starbucks recruiting event, but it was a chance for youth to learn what customer service oriented businesses like Starbucks are looking for in their applicants. 45 youth attended throughout the day and felt they learned valuable information...and enjoyed coffee.

This event was part of Alberta Works Week 2016, a week for employment services providers like YEC to promote their programs and services. For more information about employer events contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 403-268-3784.