Successful job fair and exciting new youth employment program

On October 20, Halton Region hosted its second job fair in 2015 at the Burlington Convention Centre, where more than 500 job seekers met with over 50 local employers from a diverse range of industries including technology, government, manufacturing, retail, hospitality and healthcare.  Attendees had the opportunity to network, meet hiring managers and take advantage of a professional résumé and cover letter review service.

The job fair also provided an opportunity to promote Youth Job Connection, an exciting new partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities designed to enhance the skills of youth who experience multiple barriers to employment.

Youth Job Connection provides intensive, paid training and job placement support to eligible youth between 15 and 29 who are not working, in school or training. Under this program, Employment Halton assists participants to prepare for, find and retain suitable jobs.  The program offers pre-employment training, coaching, and job placements with employers who demonstrate an intention to hire the participant after the program placement ends.

Through events and programs such as the job fair and Youth Job Connection – as well as youth programs through our Small Business Centre – Halton continues to demonstrate its commitment to help all residents obtain meaningful employment.  Our commitment to connecting employers and job seekers helps maintain Halton’s low unemployment rate and ensures that our youth get the essential skills, training and experience they need to be successful.

For information about the services offered by Employment Halton, visit halton.ca/employmenthaltonhaltonjobs.ca or dial 311.  To learn more about youth programs offered through Halton Region’s Small Business Centre, please visit halton.ca/smallbusiness.

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