1 of 2 employment programs launched this year, the Youth Workforce Initiative (YWI) is a federally funded program by HRDC that offers youth an opportunity to receive hands-on training and job search support. The program consists of 2 parts, the first being a 3 week period where participants spend time in class at OCH and focus on resume building, job searching skills, interview skills, and complete various certifications including, but not limited to, SmartServe, conflict resolution and WHMIS. The following 14 weeks will be spent working in a job placement of their choice (based on the participants interest in the industry) where participants will receive follow-up support from OCH’s employment and social support workers.
The focus of the program isn’t simply on acquiring a job, but there is also on job retention. Many individuals struggle with job maintenance because of other barriers that may get in the way such as problems budgeting, loss of housing, lack of proper ID, anger management, conflict resolution issues and so much more. Through the comprehensive program offered at Operation Come Home, participants are given all of the tools and resources necessary to overcome these obstacles. However, OCH takes it one step further and ensures that the participants have regular meetings with the employment support worker to address any issues on or with the job. Further, OCH ensures that all participants have a social support worker whom they can meet with on an on-call basis to tackle any issues pertaining to lifeskills or social support in general.
Employers who hire youth within the program and during the program’s 14 week placement period will receive a subsidy that covers the majority of hours worked by the participants.
Should you be interested in applying to be a participant of the program or should you be interested in employing a youth who is enrolled in the program please contact Lindsay Pritchard at firstname.lastname@example.org or Katie Sanders at email@example.com.