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Youth Employment Centre Overview

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In collaboration with local businesses and youth-serving agencies, The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre (YEC) provides youth with career and employability development opportunities. Services include interview preparation, resume critiquing, cover letter writing, job searching, industry training, networking opportunities, job postings, hiring fairs, career exploration opportunities, employer connections, and more. The YEC services are open to all youth, aged 15-24, at no cost.

The YEC specializes in working with youth and local employers. The YEC works closely with employers who represent a wide range of industries. The YEC helps meet employers hiring needs and gives the opportunity to youth to gain experience in their chosen field of work. 

As an employer partner of the YEC, employers have access to a range of free services including:

Annual Youth Hiring Fair and Individualized Hiring Events

Each year, the YEC’s hosts an annual Youth Hiring Fair in the spring that attracts over 5,000 youth and over 80 employers. 

Additionally, employers may host hiring events at the YEC or at the business’ location throughout the year. The YEC Staff will get to know each employer’s qualifications, pre-screen interested youth, prepare candidates, refer qualified candidates or pre-schedule interviews. The YEC will also promote opportunities on various social media platforms and share employment opportunities with community partners. 

Recruitment Assistance

The YEC offers customized recruitment assistance at no cost to employers. Solutions include pre-screening, preparing interested candidates, referring candidates, pre-scheduling interviews, coordinating individualized hiring events and promotion of job opportunities. 

Career Exploration

The YEC provides youth with an opportunity to learn more about career possibilities through work experience, informational interviews, job shadows, or mentorship. Volunteer 30 to 40 minutes to meet with a young person and share your experiences. 

Employer Spotlight

Each month, the YEC features a different employer or partner in the Employer Spotlight. The business will be highlighted on our website, in our e-newsletter, through a virtual event and on social media. This is a great opportunity for your organization is to inform youth about your business, and what career opportunities are available. To see this month’s Employer Spotlight or to subscribe to the Update newsletter, visit YouthEmploymentCentre.ca.   

Social Media

Connect with us! The YEC is active on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, TikTok and Instagram. The YEC promotes job opportunities, hiring events and current programs to subscribers. Follow the YEC today, and never miss a post. 

Employer Partnership

Connect with us today to find out more about becoming a YEC employer partner and learn more about the YEC’s free recruitment assistance. The YEC Staff will work with you to customize services to find qualified staff and support the needs of your business. 

Visit YouthEmploymentCentre.ca for more information.

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