YES TO RECEIVE FUNDING FOR NEW INITIATIVES TO ADDRESS RETENTION AND BARRIERS TO EMPLOYMENT

YES TO RECEIVE FUNDING FOR NEW INITIATIVES TO ADDRESS RETENTION AND BARRIERS TO EMPLOYMENT

MONTREAL, May 23, 2018: Youth Employment Services (YES), a charitable non-profit that provides resources, tools and strategies to improve employability and employment opportunities for Quebecers, is receiving close to $500,000 from the Government of Quebec for several projects to ensure youth retention and attraction and help integrate more youth into the Quebec economy.

The projects will address barriers to employment for more than 300 young people through targeted and personalized programs with the intent of countering the impacts of out-migration, strengthening the labour market and supporting the economic development of the province.

FIRST TIME JOB OPPORTUNITIES

YES will assist new graduates to integrate into the job market and gain practical skills and experience in their field through paid internships.

BUILDING NETWORKS

YES will bring together over 70 companies and match them with 170 youth through a series of networking events.

STRENGTHENING LINQUISTIC CONNECTIONS

To help build more bridges with the French community, YES will identify French community partners and companies and collaborate with them to successfully integrate more graduates into their companies and into the workforce.

French/English chit chat groups will be set up to help youth learn the French language and build confidence in their abilities to speak it so that they are able to work comfortably in both languages.

ENGLISH-LANGUAGE EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT

YES will deliver personalized career counselling sessions, soft skills workshops, job shadowing and inclusion program strategies to improve employment opportunities for even more people in the 18-40 age range, including students, unemployed and underemployed, and those seeking career transitions. To ensure more job seekers can be appropriately matched with a mentor, at least 30 new mentorship matches will be created via the YES Human Library mentorship program.

“Since our founding in 1995, we’ve seen first-hand how getting job search help in your own language can give people more confidence and lead to better outcomes,” said Iris Unger, Executive Director at YES. “Our organization believes in our province and we are glad that with the support of the Quebec Government, we are able to do more to encourage more youth to succeed and stay in Quebec.”

ABOUT YES: As a not-for-profit organization, YES (Youth Employment Services) enriches the community by providing English-language support services to help Quebecers find employment, and start and grow businesses. www.yesmontreal.ca

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