Monday, March 26, 2012

Youth Employment Centre Celebrates 25 years

The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre (YEC) has been helping connect Calgary’s youth and employers for 25 years.  In collaboration with local businesses and other youth focussed agencies, YEC provides youth with career development opportunities such as career advice, interview preparation, resume critiquing, a computer lab, job postings, hiring fairs, and industry training.  YEC’s services are offered at no cost to youth ages 15 to 24 and YEC is funded by The Government of Alberta, The City of Calgary, and Family and Community Support Services.

YEC works with over 10,000 youth per year and has served over 120,000 youth since it was officially opened on March 26, 1987 by then Minister of State for Youth Jean Charest, Alberta Career Development and Employment Minister Rick Orman and Mayor Ralph Klein.

The City’s division of Community and Neighbourhood Services (CNS) operates YEC which partners with over 500 Calgary businesses each year to offer job opportunities, work experience, YEC scholarships and hiring fairs.

“In this rebounding economy, employers are looking for innovative and successful ways to recruit and YEC, with its hiring fair, year round services and social media presence provides a vital service to both employers and youth," said Cheryl Joynt, Acting Director of CNS.

"We combine 25 years of experience with cutting edge tools such as Twitter to provide a comprehensive service for youth and employers.”

YEC is active on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Wordpress Blog, YouTube and on the web at www.nextsteps.org


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