ESTEVAN — A new program for Southeast Advocates for Employment was launched earlier this year to help newcomers in the southeast region find a job.
The Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS) Settlement Program is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
It is designed to assist newcomers between the ages of 15 and 30 years old, who are out of school, currently unemployed or underemployed, and are legally able to work in Canada, to find and retain employment.
The objectives of the YESS Program are to help youth navigate through the labour market and to successfully transition into sustained employment.
YESS services include:
•Employment counselling to help develop employment readiness through resumé and cover letter writing, career planning, interview preparations and other employment-related workshops;
•Resumé screening and matching to help assess if a candidate is qualified for a role based on education, experience and other information captured in the resumé and job search process;
•Mentorship to help gain relevant work experience;
•Networking opportunities to help connect youth to local employers and develop partnerships with employers for work placement opportunities; and
•Work placements to help them develop the necessary skills to transition into and maintain employment.