Youth Job Connection

The Youth Job Connection initiative is designed to provide valuable pre-employment training, mentorship and work opportunities for youth who experience multiple or complex barriers to employment.

Through YJC, youth will clarify their employment goals and develop employment service plans, using activities and services designed to meet those goals. Youth will have the ability to participate in pre-employment workshops designed to improve job readiness and life skills and paid job placements that range from a few days to a maximum of six months. Youth Job Connection (YJC) includes 60 hours, and Youth Job Connection Summer (YJCS) consists of 20 hours of workshops, which provide a minimum wage stipend to participants.

Throughout the placement, youth will have access to one-on-one job coaching support from JS staff, as well as networking opportunities and mentorship from employers and past-program participants. YJC provides access to one-one-on ongoing career coaching, leadership and networking opportunities, including the option of returning to the program as a youth mentor.

Access our e-learning platform to gain the knowledge to succeed in your job search.

If you do not have a laptop you may qualify for our new Technology and Equipment Lending Program (TELP). For more information, visit the TELP page.

Learn about
  • Assessment of your needs
  • Pre-employment services and workshops
  • Job matching, placements and employer hiring incentives
  • Education and work transition supports
  • Call – 1-866-470-5947
  • Text – 289-312-3244
  • Youth aged 15-29 will be eligible to participate if they are not currently in education, employment or training
  • Resident of Ontario
  • Eligible to work in Canada
  • Additional suitability criteria may apply

Funded by: This Employment Ontario Program is funded by the Government of Ontario

FGF Brands
Job Skills Employer Hiring Event

FGF Brands would like to thank Job Skills for a job well done putting together a virtual career fair. The event exceeded our expectations and we were able to fill an opening. We would recommend their services in the future and look forward to continuing our partnership.

Kaniesia C.
Youth Entrepreneurship Program

It was a great feeling coming to the workshops each day to learn principles that could be implemented into my own business to enhance productivity. The business plan really opened up my insight into a lot of factors within my industry and business such as competitors, suppliers, and my target market.

Josephine G.

I am so grateful I had the opportunity to be part of a great program catered to women. I enjoyed the supportive environment which helped me to grow and learn and gain hands-on experience in a business setting. In addition, Simpact successfully prepared me and supported me in finding employment including being a great reference for me.

Sherry N.
Bridge to HR Online

Your online classes were not only full of knowledge but were also full of life. Your way of delivering the information was very enthusiastic, engaging, and motivating. When I shared with you that I have a good opportunity with Amazon, you walked with me… in order to improve my performance and this definitely contributed to my success in getting the job.

Saundra G.
Self-employment for Persons with Disabilities

This program is phenomenal! It has been such a welcoming place and the support from staff and other participants has been amazing. The whole work environment has been created as a safe place to be yourself and contribute your skillset at your comfort level… I had figuratively lost my voice, this program helped me find my voice.

Tatenda M.
Self-employment Pathways for Newcomers

Having just gotten to Canada about 2 weeks ago this was the most valuable experience I have had. I have run my own business in the past and appreciate that execution and time management is one of the most important things I can focus on. I got so much value from the slides and the conversation today because this was insight that would have taken me months to gather.