Youth Job Link

What is Youth Job Link?

Youth Job Link (YJL) is a new youth employment program designed to help youth, including students, aged 15 to 29, who do not face significant barriers to employment, but could benefit from some extra help to plan their careers and transition to the labour market.

YJL was announced in Budget 2015 as part of the Ontario government’s major reinvestment the Youth Jobs Strategy to support several new youth employment programs, including Youth Job Connection and Youth Job Link.

It is also part of the government’s evidence-based approach to modernize and transform our employment and training programs and services to make them better coordinated, more targeted and more effective for people across the province, especially younger Ontarians.

The program offers a range of non-intensive employment services for young people to gain career management skills, get exposure to career exploration activities, and get help finding employment, including full-time, summer and part-time employment.

YJL will be integrated into the existing Resource and Information component of Employment Ontario’s Employment Service, but will feature expanded offerings, including youth-focused career exploration and career management services.

What services will Youth Job Link provide for youth?

Youth Job Link will provide three categories of non-intensive employment services, each of which will be available year-round. They are:

• Career exploration workshops to increase knowledge of career options and support career decision-making;
• Career management workshops to improve readiness for the labour market; and,
• Job search, readiness and matching assistance to connect youth with employers offering employment opportunities, including summer jobs.

Career exploration, career management, job search and job readiness services are delivered in the form of short-duration workshops (less than two days) delivered online or in-person, and individually or in a group setting.

Job matching services involve service providers working to connect youth, including students with employment opportunities and assisting employers with addressing their workforce needs.

While these services will be offered year-round, the majority of Youth Job Link clients are expected to use them to help find summer employment.

What services will Youth Job Link provide for employers?

Youth Job Link’s job matching services will be available to all Ontario employers to help connect them to youth looking for jobs. Job matching services will include:

o Advertising of employment opportunities, and
o Assistance with identifying potentially suitable youth for job vacancies.

For more information on finding a job, or hiring youth please call 519-751-4357 ext. 312.