This program helps support students and youth to successfully integrate into the labour market through innovative work experience.
We understand that the youth of Eeyou Istchee are the future. Because of this, we aim to support youth through innovative programs designed to help them develop the life skills and work experience necessary to enter the labour market.
The Youth Initiative program will help to cover the costs of full- and part-time participants wages, allowing employers to focus on delivering skills and experience to eligible participants.
ASD will assist employers by subsidizing wages for eligible participants. Other eligible expenses include mandatory employment related costs (MERCs), assistance for participants with disabilities and other costs directly related to the work experience.
Since academic success is so vital to labour market integration, funding is ineligible during exam periods and in the week immediately before, so as to give participants the best chances of success, free from distractions and other obligations.
Also eligible for these programs are the Community Employment Skills Partnership programs, offered by the local Band Councils.
There are many challenges facing youth that are just entering the labour market. It can be hard to know what kind of career is right for you, and hard to find an employer that is willing to take a chance on someone without a lot of training and experience.
Programs like these allow employers to offer you opportunities to develop skills and gain experience that will help you on your career journey. This can be used to help build an impressive resume, and to get an idea of what kinds of careers might be attractive for you.
Your local band council will likely be offering employment programs throughout the year. Make sure you know when these programs are running and be sure to apply! They can be a great way to “get your foot in the door”.
Also, when applying for jobs at businesses in your community, be sure to mention this program. It could give your prospective employer the financial freedom they need to take a chance on you!
Activities that allow students and youth to develop life skills and gain work experience through:
|Develop the life skills and work experience necessary to enter the labour market.
For part-time jobs, secondary school students must:
Please click on the buttons below to download our forms. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We are here to help you with any questions. Please use the form to contact us for information about this program or any other service we provide. Alternatively, you could also contact us through our various offices across Eeyou Istchee or connect online with our social media channels.