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Empowering Newcomer Youth to Achieve Their Employment Goals
By: Lana Doski
This summer, MCC ran our IRCC Youth Employment Program to support young people in job preparation and job search. I was happy to join the team as facilitator and thoroughly enjoyed working with youth who were intent on improving their work prospects. The Youth Employment program has played a crucial role in assisting newcomers by providing a variety of valuable services, such as employment counselling and coaching, resume building, job search assistance, mock interviews, job related training, and a focus on understanding Canadian workplace culture.
The 4-week program provides a range of other opportunities as well. Our partners, Majors McGuire and Mainstream Marketing provide intensive sessions resulting in various industry-accepted certifications. These include tailored workplace safety and customer service training as well as more standard learning such as WHMIS. We also set up networking days with employers and other organizations to give participants the chance to make connections and practice interviewing.
My role as the facilitator of the sessions was truly fulfilling. I had the privilege of meeting amazing participants, learning about their goals, and witnessing the passionate efforts they made to reach their goals. Along the way, I also met incredible individuals who helped us by providing training, as well as the employers who joined us during our networking days. Over the four weeks, we turned classroom learning into a more effective, interactive and enjoyable employment prep experience for participants.
I have full confidence that the exceptional and dedicated participants I met during these cohorts will achieve great success in their future endeavours.
Youth Employment Facilitator
MCC Youth Employment Program is funded by: