YSB Employment Services offer job seekers of all ages support to prepare for the job market and find employment. Services include career counselling, interview preparation, job fairs and job placements. We also work with employers to match people and job opportunities.

Youth Job Connection

1355 Bank Street, Suite 209

Program Overview

Youth Job Connection offers intensive, specialized support to youth aged 15-29 who are not in work, school, or training and who face multiple barriers to employment, such as disabilities, lack of education, illiteracy, low income, lack of family/parental support, homelessness, racialized, LGBTTQ, addictions, etc. Clients are encouraged to identify and achieve appropriate short and long term goals to improve their employability through more rapid access to education, training and employment opportunities. At least 60 hours of paid training are offered to prepare youth for the workforce.  Additionally, job placements for up to six months are coordinated with support and funding for employers.

Students will have the opportunity to work alongside staff, helping clients as needed.  This may include assisting with a number of employment interventions such as individual and group counselling, drop-in or outreach services, referrals, needs assessments, case management, career planning, and pre-employment preparation such as resume, job search and interview skills.  Students will also have the opportunity to learn about various community resources and employment partnerships.

Recommended programs:

  • Social Services Worker
  • Child and Youth Care
  • Community and Justice Services
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Psychology
  • Techniques de travail social
  • Techniques d’éducation specialisé
  • Techniques de réadaptation et de justice pénale

Special Requirements for All Employment Services Placements:

Student placements may run in the fall or winter semester, or both, as required by the school program.  Placements do not typically run in the summer semester.

Please note that our student placements are unpaid and many of our opportunities will require the ability to work a rotational schedule.  Shifts may occur in the evenings and on weekends and may vary week to week.

Bilingualism is considered an asset for Employment Services programs.  Please specify your language abilities on your application.

How to Apply:

Please apply directly to the student placement opportunity of your choice at

For any questions, please contact:

Sarah Firlotte, Human Resources Administrator

2675 Queensview Dr.

Ottawa, ON K2B 8K2

613-729-0577 extension 1230


Cover letters should include the following:

  • School name, program name and name of placement facilitator
  • 1st and 2nd choices for placement
    • Students who do not specify two areas of interest or who state that they are interested in “any” placement opportunity will not be considered in the 1st round.
  • Date range of placement
  • Total hours and number of days/week of placement
  • Language abilities
    • Please clearly state your proficiency in English and French (and other languages if applicable)
  • Why you are interested in working with YSB and why we should choose you


Application deadline for Fall Placement: 2nd Friday in April

Application deadline for Winter Placement: 2nd Friday in October


For more information, or to find out which unit would be of interest to you, please visit:

YSB Employment Services or


Screening Requirements:

Standard screening requirements for student placements include:

  • TB testing
  • Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector
  • Two professional references

Check out our list of current student placement opportunities

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