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Youth Job Connection

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Upcoming dates for the Youth Job Connection Program:

May 23 - June 2 in Newmarket
June 5 - 16 in Keswick
June 19 - 30 in Newmarket

Call 1-866-470-5947 or

Text 289-312-3244 to register!


Meet Cameron... a YJC Success!

Email or call 905-476-8088/1-866-470-5947 or send a text to 289-312-3244 to register or for more information.


Cameron L. was hired by a theatre, as an office assistant to a General Manager in February 2016. She was one of the first youth to participate in the Job Skills’ Youth Job Connection Program. After graduating from high school she knew she was not motivated, had no clear direction about a future career goal, and lacked self-confidence. She didn’t know where to go, until she found Job Skills’ Youth Job Connection Program.

Her own words say it best.

Job Skills and the Youth Job Connection Program gave me so much advice and encouragement to be the person that I can be. They knew that I had the potential that I didn’t see in myself. They worked with me one-on-one to help me realize that I can do what I think I can’t. I had a really hard time doing interviews, (so) we did quite a few mock interviews together. They taught me how to properly speak with people and come across as a professional individual.
If someone were to ask me about the Youth Job Connection Program and asked me my opinion if they should go to it, I would tell them most definitely. Because though the program may not be for everybody, it never, ever hurts to try... and it’s an awesome program. It does really boost confidence and help people realize the potential that they didn’t realize they had. And if someone asked me about that program I would 100% recommend it, any day!

Her future dreams are really big now – maybe even Hollywood, some day.

Youth Job Connection/Youth Job Connection: Summer

Get paid to find work!

Full-time, part-time and summer opportunities available!

Attention Employers: Find out how you can support your community, while receiving support from this program!

For successful participants:

  • We pay you while you attend training that prepares you for the workplace
  • We find you a job
  • We help pay for things you need for work, like transportation or clothes
  • We even pay your employer some of your wages to cover your training

Youth Job Connection (YJC) and Youth Job Connection: Summer will help you to develop workplace skills, acquire job search tools and strategies, and make a plan to put those skills and strategies into action. You will connect with employers, gain work experience and find employment. Our experienced staff will support you during, and after the Program, to help you reach your employment and/or training goals.

The Program features paid workshops and activities designed to help you get ready to work. You will receive minimum wage for the time you spend in the mandatory pre-employment training.

This training will help you:

  • create an effective, interview-generating resume
  • to job search effectively
  • with interview skills to secure a job
  • enhance your “soft skills” e.g. customer service
  • make your social media profiles reflect you in a positive light
  • with planning for a career that works for you
  • understand the employer/employee relationship


The Program includes a work experience placement, and provides an opportunity to explore different work options through a variety of activities. There may also be some opportunities for on-the-job training! Placements will match you with a position that suits your interests and abilities; financial support for work expenses may be available. Individualized employment planning, special events, peer mentoring and connecting with professional mentors all combine to support you on your road to a career.


  • Age 15 to 29
  • Resident of Ontario
  • Eligible to work in Canada
  • Unemployed
  • Additional suitability criteria may apply

Contact us to find your Youth Job Connection:
Appointments available: Stouffville, King, Aurora, Newmarket, East Gwillimbury and Georgina | 905-476-8088 | 1-866-470-5947 | Text: 289-312-3244

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image depicting Job Skills' hours over the holiday season: All locations closed on December 26, 27, 28 andJanuary; Normal hours resume on January 3rd. When open, hours at all locations will be 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. The Keswick Employment Services location will be open until 7:00 pm on January 3rd, the Markham Employment Services location will be open until 7:00 pm on January 5th.