Youth Job Connection

Youth Job Connection (YJC), offered through Employment Halton, offers two intensive paid training and job placement support programs. One program is for eligible youth between 15 and 29 who are not in work, school or training and are looking for full time employment. The other program is for eligible youth ages 15 to 18, currently enrolled in high school and looking for part time or summer employment.

Our role at Employment Halton is to help local youth with multiple barriers to employment prepare for, find and retain suitable jobs through pre-employment training, coaching, and job placements with employers who demonstrate an intention to hire the participant after the YJC program placement ends.

Program Benefits

For youth:

  • At least 60 hours of paid, interactive training to prepare youth for the workplace
  • Career exploration / gain valuable work experience
  • Job search support and placement
  • Résumé writing and interview practice
  • Travel expenses and employment start-up costs
  • Mentoring
  • Workplace communication, time management and social media techniques
  • Job maintenance skills
  • Assistance with school and work transitions after the program ends

For employers:

  • Financial incentives to support training and initial employment costs
  • Pre-screened youth who have completed the pre-employment training
  • Support and mentor youth in the community
  • Candidates who are motivated to succeed and ready to work

Application process

If you think the Youth Jobs Connection program is a good fit for you, a young person you know, or if you are an employer that would like to participate, please contact Employment Halton for an application.

Referrals from professionals who work with vulnerable youth are welcome.
Aboriginal youth, recent immigrants, youth living with disabilities, youth who have limited work experience, face multiple barriers to employment, including poverty and homelessness, and youth who have low levels of education or literacy might also benefit from Youth Job Connection.

If a young person is not a good fit for this specific program, Employment Halton will refer them to other resources, services and programs within Halton Region and the community.

Program start dates

Full-time program (Youth, 15-29)

Program criteria: Youth 15 - 29 not in work, school or training, and looking for full-time job opportunities.

The next full-time YJC Program will start in September.

If you are interested in attending this full-time program, please call 905-825-6000 ext. 2777 to register for an Orientation Session.

The next orientation sessions will take place from 1 – 3 p.m. on the following dates:

  • June 22
  • July 13
  • July 20
  • July 27
  • August 3
  • August 10
  • August 17
  • August 24
  • August 31

Please bring a resume, SIN and photo ID.

Frequently asked questions

What will youth learn?
Successful applicants will receive intensive, pre-employment training that will provide the foundation for long-term employability, including: labour market tools including computer/MS Office skills, interview skills, assistance with résumés and career assessments/guidance.

What kinds of jobs are available?
Opportunities will be available in a wide variety of sectors.

How much do these jobs pay?
Employment Halton will work with eligible employers to negotiate the salary on behalf of the youth participants. The program may contribute funding to employers to offset the costs of wages and training for placements. Salary is the employer’s decision, but minimum wage is required.

More information
Complete program information for applicants and prospective employers can be found on the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development website.