Youth Employment Skills Strategy

Youth Employment Skills Strategy

The YESS Project

The Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS) Project is designed to help Indigenous youth, visible minority youth and youth with disability (ages 15 to 30) looking to navigate the labour market and to successfully transition into meaningful, gainful, and sustained employment. This is attained by
supporting the needs of all youth in the above-mentioned population
segments, as it relates to developing knowledge and networks through
education, skills development, and meaningful work experiences.

CVE Inc. provides access to Accredited Skills Training, Employment Services, Employment Skills Training and Quality Employment Opportunity
interventions to assist the youth of our communities, giving them the
opportunity be successful in a competitive marketplace.

Accredited Skills Training

Accredited Skills Training will enable youth to participate in courses that fill specific, identified gaps in their education and skill development, taking into consideration labour market needs. A variety of courses will be available through accredited institutes in Ottawa, ON including but not limited to:

 Office Clerk
 Basic Bookkeeping
 Payroll Officer
 Computer Training

Following completion of the training, the youth will have the opportunity to participate in the subsidized Quality Employment Opportunity, which involves a 12-week work experience for an average of 30 hours per week with an employer secured by CVE Inc.

Employment Services

Employment Services are short-term activities designed to assist youth in
searching for and obtaining work. Youth are given an opportunity to
acquire information and skills, and to apply these skills within a supported

Pre-employment activities offer
additional development before advancing to a 12-week Quality Employment Opportunity.

Activities will include:
- Job Search Techniques
- Job Application Process
- Resume and Cover Letter Preparations
- Mock Interviews
- Motivational Coaching

Participants that qualify will be paid at the Ontario minimum wage rate
for an average of 30 hours per week for up to 3-weeks.


Employment Skills Training

The participants will spend up to 30 hours per week over a 3-week period
in pre-employment activities to allow for additional development before
advancing to the Quality Employment Opportunity.

Participants will have the opportunity to participate in workshops to learn or
enhance skills transferable to the workplace, such as:
People Management Skills
Communication Skills

Other workshops such as Health and Safety, First Aid, Smart Serve, WHMIS,
Food Safety etc. will be offered during this time.

Quality Employment Opportunity

The subsidized Quality Employment Opportunity will be with an employer
in a field related to the Accredited Skills Training completed by a
participant or in a field of interest to the youth who participated in
Employment Skills Training and Employment Services. The
participant will be paid at the Ontario minimum wage rate for an
average of 30 hours per week over a period of 12 weeks.

Participants will be offered travel assistance, dependent care support
and emergency funding as required and at the discretion of CVE Inc.
The participants may be eligible for a bonus (maximum of $500) based
on successful completion of a 12- week work experience
(consecutively with the same employer) and at the discretion of CVE Inc.

If Interested Contact: 

CVE – Career and
Vocational Evaluation Inc.

Karima Djerbib

CVE Inc. – YESS Project Coordinator
Phone: 613-237-7368 Ext: 223