Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Hundreds of youth line up for job opportunities with local employers

Youth and young adults were lined up for hours before the doors even opened as The City of Calgary kicked off its 16th Annual Youth Hiring Fair. The fair was held at Stampede Park’s BMO Centre.

In the first half-hour, 1,000 eager young job seekers entered the event with an estimated 500 more lined up outside waiting to get in.  The event was held Tuesday, April 8 from 1:30 to 6 p.m.

“Helping young people get off on the right foot is so important,” says Arlas Gilles, a Youth Hiring Fair organizer with The City of Calgary. “This event provides opportunities for youth to get the experience they need to build confidence and skills in the job market. A strong and productive workforce ultimately benefits our city as a whole.”

Only hiring fair exclusively for youth

Mike Schmidt lined up hours ahead
The Youth Hiring Fair, hosted by The City of Calgary and the Youth Employment Centre, is Calgary’s only hiring fair exclusively for young people aged 15 to 24.

Today’s event features more than 5,000 full-time, part-time, seasonal and career opportunities offered by over 80 local employers.

Mack Skorpack of Shakers
The first through the doors today was 19-year-old Mike Schmidt who had been in line since 9 a.m.

“It seems like there will be a lot of jobs here - a lot of big companies,” said Schmidt as he waited for the doors to open. “I heard there will be on-the-spot interviews.”

More than 80 local employers on hand

Employers, such as Shakers Fun Centre, were equally happy to see so many qualified young people with the potential to fill needed roles within their organizations.

“We hire 40-50 positions around this time of year for summer jobs,” said Mack Skorpack of Shakers. “It would be ideal if we could fill those positions here today.”

For more information regarding the Youth Hiring Fair and opportunities to participate next year, visit www.nextsteps.org.

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