The Youth Job Link (YJL) program helps young people aged 15 to 29 plan their careers, prepare for the labour market and connect to job opportunities. In some cases, Youth Job Link will also offer individual supports and employer incentives to offset the costs of on-the-job-training, new employee orientation and other hiring-related costs, for those youth that need more assistance finding work.
As of April 1, 2016, young people who need help planning their careers and moving from school to work will be able to access the following services at any of the Employment Ontario Full Suite Centres at The Career Foundation, available year-round:
- - Information on career options to support career decision-making and improve your knowledge of career options and today’s labour market.
- - Advice on how to build the life skills you need to successfully plan and manage a career.
- - Opportunities to learn about teamwork, customer service, health and safety and labour rules.
- - Help with résumé writing, searching and applying for jobs, and preparing for interviews.
- - Assistance to match your skills and interests with employers that have job opportunities.
You must be 15 to 29 years old to qualify for Youth Job Link, and you can be in school or not. To use the job-matching service, you must also reside in Ontario; be eligible to work in Canada, and have no previous work experience. You can be matched with all types of employers!
Employers can receive support hiring young people through the program, including assistance with placing job advertisements, and being matched with suitable job candidates.