Sep 16, 2011

New funding will help prepare immigrant youth for careers through job readiness program

The Youth Services Bureau (YSB) is launching a new employment program designed to help prepare young newcomers to Canada, ages 15 to 24, to enter the Canadian work force.

YSB’s Immigrant Youth Employment Program (IYEP) is being offered to young newcomers and immigrants in the Ottawa area, thanks to three-year funding from United Way Ottawa.

YSB’s Ethno-cultural Community Program and Employment Services will coordinate the program. The 5-workshop sessions will start September 27, with a goal of training at least 70 young people per year.

IYEP will enhance the employability skills of immigrant youth and help them access a range of employment services.

Workshop leaders include YSB’s employment training experts, as well as other youth. Young people will get help with job search techniques, resume building, career exploration and access to employers.

The youth will also have an opportunity to job shadow a local employer of their choice. IYEP is available to youth city-wide. Workshops will be offered to francophone youth, with some workshops conducted in French, as well as to young refugees who have arrived as recently as three or four months ago. YSB’s community partner, the Catholic Immigration Centre, is also supporting the program.

Youth who are interested in participating can contact YSB’s Shukria Samantar at 613-241-7788 ext. 410.

Founded in 1960, the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa (YSB) is one of the largest and most comprehensive non-profit agencies serving youth in Ottawa and is a registered charity. YSB offers over 30 programs and serves 3,000 youth and families every month in the areas of youth engagement, housing and homelessness, mental health, youth justice and employment.