The YES Program is a youth employment program provided by The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth (CBFY) in conjunction with Service Canada to provide Immigrant, Refugees, visible minorities, Indigenous, disabled, and low-income youth, ages 18-29, to gain the information, skills, and experience necessary to navigate through the labour market and to successfully transition into sustained employment.
The YES program has a two-fold purpose. It pairs local industries and businesses with vetted and reliable employees who have received 35 hours of mentorship and intensive employment services and employment skills training. In turn, the employer provides the participants with a 14-week quality work placement, which allows them the opportunity to develop and improve their skills and increases their access to the labour market. The YES Program pays the participants during training and also provides the employers with wage subsidies to furnish valuable employment and on-the-job training for the youth in a safe, inclusive, and healthy work environment. YES Career Coaches continue to provide the employers and employees with follow up and mentorship support during the work placement.
This program benefits everyone:
- Take an active part in supporting youth and building better community
- Provide better trained and more realistic potential employee
- Increase productivity
- Allow for present employees to gain supervisory training and experience
- Employees’ wages subsidized during 14-week work placement
- Get paid for training and real-work experience in a supportive environment
- Attain knowledge and skills to increase employability
- Develop employable attitudes, work habits and experience
- Explore occupations of interest
- Encourage to return to school or attain more training
- Develop realistic future plans
- Obtain a current job reference
- Secure future employment