Youth Job Connection (YJC), a program provided by VPI Working Solutions, offers paid pre-employment workshops and paid job placements to help youth overcome barriers to employment.

The main goal of the program is to help youth overcome circumstances, conditions and situations that make it difficult to secure full-time employment, including as a result of being a refugee newcomer.

Registration for the YJC program is open all year.

Program benefits

  • Free job placement services
  • Full-time, part-time and summer jobs
  • Paid pre-employment workshops – earn minimum wage while you learn
  • One-on-one career guidance and mentorship
  • Job-search skills training
  • Financial support for those in need

Program details

For students:

  • Serves students who are unemployed and actively enrolled in school (15 – 18 years old)
  • Job placements are year-round – part-time opportunities during the school year and opportunities to work full-time or part-time during the summer
  • 20 hours mandatory paid pre-employment training
  • New streams of workshops start every Spring
  • Registration is always open

For non-students:

  • Serves youth who are unemployed and not enrolled in school (15-29 years old)
  • Job placements are year-round – part-time and full-time opportunities
  • 60 hours paid pre-employment training
  • New streams of workshops start monthly
  • Registration is always open

Eligibility and suitability

Youth

To be eligible for this program, non-students must be:

  • 15-29 years old at the time of registration
  • Not employed or participating in full-time training/education
  • Facing multiple or complex barriers to employment
  • Eligible to work in Canada
  • Resident of Ontario

To be eligible for this program, students must be:

  • 15-18 years old at the time of registration
  • Returning to high school or starting a post-secondary program in the Fall
  • Facing multiple or complex barriers to employment
  • Eligible to work in Canada
  • Resident of Ontario

Employers

In order to be eligible for this program, employers must:

  • Intend to hire program participant after placement period
  • Provide program participant with standard employment terms, conditions and benefits; including placement on payroll
  • Offer a job placement based in Ontario
  • Be licensed to operate in Ontario
  • Not receive government funds for the same job placement
  • Not displace existing staff or replace laid-off staff
  • Not hire immediate family (e.g. parents, spouse or child)
  • Not be a federal, provincial or municipal government agency
  • Not be a service provider for Employment Ontario
  • Maintain good standing regarding: