Employment Services (EMPOWER)
Employment Portal for Windsor Essex Region (EMPOWER) provides personalized advice and services to help participants assess their skills and experience, find work or start on the path to skills training.
The Youth Job Connection (YJC) / Youth Job Connection Summer (YJCS)
The YJC/YJCS program is an initiative of the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development Employment and Training Division and delivered by Employment Ontario, to assist youth (15 – 29 years of age) who experience multiple or complex barriers to employment.
Barriers could include: low level of education, lack of work experience, indigenous person, person with a disability or mental health challenge, low essential skills, poverty, criminalization, addictions, homelessness, recent newcomer to Canada, victim of discrimination and others.
Youth attend paid pre-employment training workshops and receive assistance to find employment and training opportunities. The pre-employment training includes: career development/career exploration, employment related skills, job readiness skills, job attainment skills, job maintenance and career advancement skills as well as personal management (life) skills.
Distinctions between the workshops are as follows:
In addition, participants who have financial need may obtain support to purchase work or interview clothes, for transportation and skills training, etc. Employers who provide employment opportunities for a YJC/YJCS participant may be eligible to receive wage incentives as compensation for training costs.